Pear Tarte Tatin or Upside Down Pie

Days are getting shorter and nights are getting colder. It’s middle of October and middle of autumn for that matter, summer is long gone and it’s time for new recipes! Maybe that is why I woke up yesterday surprised with the cold air outside of my cozy blanket and right away I knew I wanted to make a warm fruity and comfort pie to balance out this unstoppable season change… well, and also to complement our dinner with a French dessert! So I decided to make a Pear Tarte Tatin that I tasted once in a French restaurant in Geneva :)

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Oh My Pie! Classic Peach Pie

It is time to bake a pie in our new home and what would be better than a sweet, juicy peach pie with a hint of cinnamon and vanilla and flaky pie crust? Driving from the south of the country we stopped on the road to buy some fresh fruits for home and my eyes fell on juicy ripe peaches and I though “Peach Pie!”

My summer this year has been unusual – 2 months spent in a rather cold climate of Canada with temperature dropping at nights in July (!) down to 13 degrees and further 1 month in beautiful but nevertheless cold mountains in Uludag, Turkey. When I say cold, I mean a very comfortable day temperature around 18-20 degrees and occasional rain, which urban citizens of Turkish cities are dying for during extremely hot and dry days here in summer but… you know, it is supposed to be HOT in summer :) Anyway, I’m trying to keep summer alive for couple more weeks and doing everything I can! Homemade melon ice-tea, berry galettes, ice-cream, fresh detoxing water with cucumbers, lemons, cinnamon and mint, etc. And what says summer more if not the ultimate classic peach pie? So I decided to give it a try and the result was yummy-yummy-yummy!

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Very Berry Summer Galette: Raspberries & Blueberries

Berry Galette

Do you want to bake something fresh, easy, with berries and something that doesn’t taste too sweet? First time I saw pictures of different galettes on the cooking websites, I thought, wow, it looks so easy to make but surely there must be a trick. How do berries stick together? How do you fold the dough? What fruits can I bake it with?

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Basic Graham Cracker crust for any cheesecake

Banana Cheesecake with Graham Cracker crust

Use this crust for most cheesecakes – for example Banana Yogurt Cheesecake – or pies and you will be surprised how easy it is to prepare and bake! Due to its crispy texture your cheesecake will have an amazing taste combination of crunchy bottom and creamy filling.

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Banana Yogurt Pie with Graham Cracker Crust

Banana Cheesecake with Graham Cracker crust

This pie has its own story now – I was inspired by a recipe found online to make banana and greek yogurt pie (that doesn’t require baking except for the crust), but while grocery shopping I decided to make a graham cracker crust, then to substitute greek yogurt with a low-fat one and I ended up baking a pie that now everyone calls Banana Cheesecake! :)

Creamy texture and crispy bottom give this pie an amazing taste combination. This Banana Yogurt Pie is easy to bake and your friends and family will love its light yet delicious taste! Continue reading