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  • A pear and pecan pie styled with fresh pears, pumpkins, and autumn leaves

    Pear and Pecan Pie with Salted Caramel Sauce

    October 30, 2022marissajmakes

    I love pie. I love making it, I love eating it, and I love sharing it. This pie is a celebration of fall harvest and flavors. The filling is comprised of a pecan layer, and a simple spiced pear filling that is both refreshing and comforting. And the best part? The salted caramel topping sauce, of…

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  • huckleberry pie

    Huckleberry Pie

    February 18, 2022marissajmakes

    I have many fond memories of wandering along the Huckleberry Trail in the regional park where I grew up, munching on freshly picked huckleberries straight from the bushes. That’s one of the things I miss about living in the Bay Area, is the wild bursts of sweetness during the summer months from the berry brambles and…

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  • Persimmon Tart with Pecan Frangipane

    November 20, 2021marissajmakes

    Persimmons are one of my absolute favorite fruits. They can be used in both sweet and savory applications, and used raw, baked, or cooked. I decided to put a seasonal twist on a classic frangipane tart and came up with this result. The frangipane is made with pecan flour instead of the traditional almond flour, and…

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  • Apple Berry Pie with Cardamom Crust

    November 11, 2021marissajmakes

    This pie is made for cold weather comfort: it’s filled with Granny Smith apples, mountain blackberries, brown sugar, and cinnamon, with a crust studded with cardamom for extra warmth. It’s very adaptable and works with frozen or fresh berries. If you don’t have blackberries, you can substitute with your berry of choice, or simply increase the…

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  • My Favorite Pie Dough

    November 11, 2021marissajmakes

    This is my go-to method for making shortcrust pastry for all of my tarts and pies. You can make it by hand, by mixer, or by food processor, and it’s incredibly adaptable if you want to add spices or flavors. I love adding ground cardamom to the dough for my sweet pies, and black pepper is…

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