Pies & Other Desserts

45 Recipes for Memorial Day celebrations - Poet in the Pantry

45 Recipes for Memorial Day

Posted on May 20th, 2015

Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial intro to the summer season. Opened with picnics and parades, we welcome the warm days ahead while honoring…

Continue Reading

alsatian apple tart

Alsatian Apple Tart

Posted on Jan 3rd, 2011

...and clearly I'm pretty childish because I'm giggling about it. Tarts, tarts, tarts, tarts, tarts. It's not even a part of American slang, somehow…

Continue Reading

amaretto apple crisp

Amaretto Apple Crisp for Food Network’s Virtual Thanksgiving Communal Table

Posted on Nov 16th, 2011

Holidays are all about coming together with friends and family to celebrate each other. Old and new, close and distant, it's a chance for all of us…

Continue Reading

Ambrosia - poetinthepantry.com

Ambrosia: Food of the Gods

Posted on Apr 8th, 2011

I'm ready for spring. More than ready. Last year, we were already seduced by 70- to 80-degree days, warm sunshine, and gentle breezes, beckoning one…

Continue Reading

apple pie bars

Apple Pie Bars | I Remember

Posted on Sep 11th, 2011

10 years ago today, I remember getting ready for work. I lived about a mile from my job as a municipal secretary then and we didn't start the day…

Continue Reading

Apple Pie Dip sits in well as an appetizer or dessert and is so much simpler than baking a whole pie!

Apple Pie Dip

Posted on Feb 7th, 2016

Disclosure: Thank you to the #FreshTastyValentines sponsors for providing the giveaway prizes free of charge. These companies also provided the…

Continue Reading

Banana Toffee Pudding

Banana Pudding

Posted on Apr 1st, 2013

Ever since I had my first bite of banana pudding from the famed Buttercup Bake Shop in NYC, I knew one day I'd have to make it at home. And now, I…

Continue Reading

Basil Strawberry Pastry Puffs are a riff off the familiar strawberry shortcake, with an elegant update. {sponsored post}

Basil Strawberry Pastry Puffs

Posted on May 1st, 2016

Disclosure: I developed this recipe in partnership with Gourmet Garden, who compensated me for this post. As always, all opinions remain 100% my own.…

Continue Reading

berry blue jello mousse pie

Berry Blue Jello Mousse Pie

Posted on Sep 2nd, 2012

As I mentioned yesterday, my co-workers and I threw a party for the Blue Moon on August 31st. The next one won't be until 2015--we just had to…

Continue Reading


Biscuits (and how a Northern gal apparently can’t cook like a Southern gal)

Posted on Jan 20th, 2011

Last Friday's trip to BJ's was a serendipitous event. There on the shelves with the other produce--strawberries. Not the out of season tasteless…

Continue Reading

carrot cake pie

Carrot Cake Pie with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

Posted on Jun 12th, 2012

We are well into birthday season here! Sunday was my husband's 35th birthday and while he was out on a mountain bike ride with a buddy, my daughter…

Continue Reading

Cherry Blueberry Crumble - Poet in the Pantry

Cherry Blueberry Crumble

Posted on Jul 11th, 2014

Summer is full of so many fabulous fruits, but one of my favorites would have to be cherries. Those little orbs--aside from proving to the Witches of…

Continue Reading


Chocolate Eclairs with Pastry Cream Filling

Posted on Mar 1st, 2012

As a child, my father worked as a route salesman for Entenmann's; there was never a shortage of eclairs in our home. A delicious indulgence that was…

Continue Reading

bowl of chocolate pasta

Chocolate Pasta

Posted on Sep 1st, 2011

You may recall that Kate at Food Babbles and I made crème brûlée together in July--a first for both of us. This goes back to my list of goals for…

Continue Reading

Chocolate Raspberry Bread Pudding - poet in the pantry

Chocolate Raspberry Bread Pudding

Posted on Aug 23rd, 2014

When life gives you lemons, you're supposed to make lemonade with them. (I prefer adding some vodka, but that's just me...) So what do you do when…

Continue Reading

Chocolate Soufflé

Chocolate Soufflé

Posted on Nov 1st, 2012

I don't watch many television shows with any regularity. It's complicated by the fact that we do not have cable or satellite TV and while we tried an…

Continue Reading

Chocolate Truffle Peanut Butter Egg Easter Pie

Chocolate Truffle Peanut Butter Egg Easter Pie

Posted on Mar 14th, 2014

Disclosure: I received product from HERSHEY'S and a stipend from Global Influence for this post. All opinions remain my own. My family has weird…

Continue Reading

Cranberry Apple Crisp

Cranberry Apple Crisp

Posted on Nov 26th, 2013

Thanksgiving is nearly here and I haven't even begun to plan. Luckily, we'll be feasting at my sister-in-law's house--my contribution is just a small…

Continue Reading

creamy peanut butter pie

Creamy Peanut Butter Pie

Posted on Aug 12th, 2011

If they serve pie in heaven, I bet this would be the one. And I hope so, too, because then, Mikey could have one more piece of pie, sent up on wings…

Continue Reading

Crème Brûlée

Crème Brûlée with Food Babbles

Posted on Jul 30th, 2011

Learning is a process of building on mastered theories and techniques. You figure out a step and use that knowledge to get through the next one. We…

Continue Reading


Croquembouche–A Tower of Cream Puffs and Caramel

Posted on Jun 1st, 2013

Last week found me explaining #FirstOnTheFirst to someone who has never seen our posts before. I began with the sfogliatelle fiasco and the caveat…

Continue Reading

Magnolia Bakery cheesecake

Crumb Topped Cheesecake

Posted on Jan 10th, 2011

I love New York City. Even though I live only 2 hours away, for many years, I didn't travel there at all. This past summer, a friend reminded me of…

Continue Reading

almond joy dacquoise

Dacquoise with Food Babbles

Posted on Nov 1st, 2011

Working our way through the list, there were only dacquoise and sourdough left for my goals this year. Kate and I decided to go with dacquoise this…

Continue Reading

Turn your pie on its head with a Deconstructed Ginger Apple Pie. It'll knock your socks off!

Deconstructed Ginger Apple Pie

Posted on Oct 31st, 2015

Disclosure: I want to thank Gourmet Garden--my new client--for giving me a chance to develop this recipe for them! They compensated me for this post.…

Continue Reading

Dutch Apple Crumble

Dutch Apple Crumble for Support for Sandy

Posted on Nov 8th, 2012

It's easy to take for granted the comforts of home. Running water. Toilets that flush. Refrigerators to keep our food fresh. Ovens in which too cook…

Continue Reading

Eton Mess

Posted on Jul 1st, 2013

You have to love any dessert that has "mess" in its title. Doesn't have to look perfect? That's right up my alley! Take a bunch of components, throw…

Continue Reading

The Fudgy Nutter Pie - poet in the pantry

Fudgy Nutter Pie

Posted on Apr 9th, 2011

We're all so tough on ourselves, aren't we? We hold ourselves up to unrealistic ideals, then feel badly when we fall short of them--even though we're…

Continue Reading

Gâteau Basque

Gâteau Basque

Posted on Sep 1st, 2013

Gâteau Basque is a cross between a cake, a cookie, and a pie and supposedly originated in the Basque region of France. There are two versions,…

Continue Reading

Guinness whoopie pies with Irish Cream filling

Guinness Whoopie Pies with Irish Cream Filling

Posted on Mar 12th, 2011

It's become a sort of tradition with my friends John and Crista that, when we get together at a bar, we order the same drink every time. It started…

Continue Reading

Tie Dye Cupcakes are a fun way to celebrate a birthday! Made easily using boxed cake mix, they wow without a lot of effort!

How To Throw A Memorable Birthday Party

Posted on Jun 18th, 2015

Our kids never had birthday parties. Let me rephrase that, for they've had more than their fair share, to be honest. But they were between our…

Continue Reading

Irish Coffee Chocolate Tart

Irish Coffee Chocolate Tart for Pi Day: Any Excuse for Pie Will Do!

Posted on Mar 14th, 2013

I'm sure you've seen the "mind blown" meme of a piece of paper with "3.14" written on it and its mirror image: "PIE." The truth is that any excuse…

Continue Reading

Key Lime Pie

Key Lime Pie

Posted on Apr 12th, 2011

I have the best of intentions. Really, I do. Over and over again I buy those bags of limes--sometimes even with lemons mixed in--with the highest of…

Continue Reading

Maple Bacon Whoopie Pies

Maple Bacon Whoopie Pies

Posted on Mar 23rd, 2013

There are few things in life that aren't accentuated by the addition of bacon. Hair would be one. Shoes would be another. But just about any food's…

Continue Reading

mille feuille - Napoleons - poet in the pantry

Mille Feuille with Nutella Pastry Cream

Posted on May 1st, 2014

It all started out so innocently... A call upon myself to explore those kitchen challenges I always wanted to try but never got around to. I thought…

Continue Reading

mocha whoopie pies - poet in the pantry

Mocha Whoopie Pies

Posted on May 27th, 2014

My mom is well-known for her Mocha Frosting. It was a closely-guarded family secret for decades, one that she wouldn't even share with me. Until she…

Continue Reading

Nutella Croissant Bread Pudding

Nutella Croissant Bread Pudding

Posted on Oct 1st, 2012

When I briefly was employed as a baker's assistant to my aunt 14 years ago (eek!), at the end of the day, the day-olds would be divided up amongst…

Continue Reading

Oatmeal Creme Pies

Oatmeal Creme Pies

Posted on Jan 29th, 2011

I'm sure most of you are familiar with the movie Julie & Julia, based upon the lives of Julie Powell, an ordinary woman who challenged herself to…

Continue Reading

peaches and cream whoopie pies

Peaches and Cream Whoopie Pies

Posted on Aug 5th, 2011

We spend so much of our lives trying to adhere to what someone determines to be "the way" or the "right" thing to do. But is this really what we…

Continue Reading

Peanut Butter Pie

Peanut Butter Pie

Posted on Jan 24th, 2011

There truly is a holiday for everything. Friday was National Granola Bar Day. My kids celebrated by eating a ridiculous amount of them. I don't want…

Continue Reading

Peanut Chocolate Surprise Pie

Peanut Chocolate Surprise Pie

Posted on May 15th, 2011

After taking a break yesterday from baking/cooking--cleaning the basement instead and then napping the late afternoon away--it was back to the grind…

Continue Reading

pineapple coconut empanadas

Pineapple Coconut Empanadas

Posted on Aug 1st, 2012

Yet again, I waited til the last minute to complete the task. And sadly, it did not come out as expected. Case in point: Burnt around the edges.…

Continue Reading

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Maple Cream Cheese Filling

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Posted on Nov 17th, 2013

I haven't had much pumpkin going on in the kitchen. Which feels strange since Fall is in full swing and there's no better time of year to indulge in…

Continue Reading

cutting sfogliatelle

Sfogliatelle Pastry

Posted on May 1st, 2013

What is sfogliatelle? I can tell you one thing, it isn't this: Let me back up a little. Kate started work on the project early. She tagged me on…

Continue Reading

Sticky Toffee Pudding

Sticky Toffee Pudding

Posted on Jan 1st, 2014

Getting Seasonal... When we plan our challenges for First on the First, we try to take the time of year into consideration. Croquembouche, for…

Continue Reading

strawberry cheesecake dip - poet in the pantry

Strawberry Cheesecake Dip

Posted on Jul 2nd, 2014

When I was a consultant for a national food-centric direct sales company, I became a bit addicted to their cheesecake product. It was so simple--just…

Continue Reading

kids running through strawberry fields

Strawberry Cheesepie for Pie Party Day

Posted on Jul 5th, 2011

I've been mulling over this post for a while now, trying to decide if I would share it or not. Not necessarily the actual recipe, but the…

Continue Reading

Strawberry Shortcake Whoopie Pies - poet in the pantry

Strawberry Shortcake Whoopie Pies

Posted on Jun 8th, 2014

Disclosure: I received coupons from Driscoll's Berries in order to develop a recipe for their Strawberry Shortcake contest. All photos and opinions…

Continue Reading

summer strawberry sour cream pie

Summer Strawberry Sour Cream Pie

Posted on Jan 28th, 2011

Every once in a while, I fantasize about being a pie genius. Like Jenna in Waitress. I'd invent pies on the spot with witty names and they'd always…

Continue Reading

Thin Mints

Thin Mints Oven Strudels

Posted on Mar 17th, 2011

March: the bringer of longer days, emerging crocus, and melting snow. Also when little girls dressed in uniforms of brown and green can be spied at…

Continue Reading

Goodie Girl Toffee Chaos Cookie Milkshakes {sponsored post}

Toffee Chaos Cookie Milkshakes {gluten-free}

Posted on Oct 25th, 2016

Disclosure: This recipe for Toffee Chaos Cookie Milkshakes was developed in partnership with Goodie Girl Cookies, who compensated me for this post.…

Continue Reading

vanilla pots de crème with lime tequila sauce

Vanilla Pots de Crème with Lime Tequila Sauce

Posted on Feb 28th, 2013

Abby Dodge is one of the most accessible cookbook authors out there. Friendly and full of support, she'll lend an ear or a helping hand on Twitter…

Continue Reading

Vanilla Whoopie Pies with Orange Flower Water Buttercream

Vanilla Whoopie Pies with Orange Blossom Water Buttercream

Posted on Mar 14th, 2011

3.14, the rounded version of the incredibly long number known as "pi" in mathematical circles, has come to be celebrated in a much-less scientific…

Continue Reading

Waffle Cone Bowls

Waffle Cone Bowls

Posted on Feb 24th, 2011

While my son attends preschool, my daughter and I generally run errands. He's only there for 2 hours anyway so we may as well stay out and make the…

Continue Reading

strawberry ice cream and waffled ice cream planes

Waffled Ice Cream Planes

Posted on Jun 16th, 2011

I had the best of intentions. I wanted to get up bright and early, do the Donna Reed thing, and greet my daughter with a sunshiney-smile and a…

Continue Reading

White Peach Mini Galettes

White Peach Mini Galettes

Posted on Aug 19th, 2013

Summer is for stone fruits. While I love double-crust pies in the Fall and Winter months, summer calls for simplicity. Something a little less heavy…

Continue Reading

Whoopie Pies

Whoopie Pies

Posted on Jan 23rd, 2011

I know the kid inside me still exists when I make something like whoopie pies and can't resist telling everyone that I'm "makin' whoopie!" C'mon,…

Continue Reading