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Did you make a New Year’s resolution about eating healthier and/or eating less dessert? I did not – not because I don’t think I need less dessert – but because I know that is a resolution I can’t keep. I love dessert! But I digress, this is about crostatas! Healthy, fruity crostata that allows for dessert and a modicum of nutrition. This is not overly sweet and the yogurt topping gives a nice creamy, yet fresh, taste. It is a great compromise between healthy and dessert.

Also, I love this dessert because it is essentially a free form pie. I adore the slightly messy look of galettes, crostatas, whatever you want to call them. So rustic, so charming, so much easier than fluting the edges of a formal crust.

I basically took the recipe whole hog from Bon Appetit (despite my undying love for Gourmet, I will admit, I do love the Fast Easy Fresh column. Hello black bean chili), except I subbed walnuts for pistachios. I do not like green nuts, they seem a bit unnatural to me. Plus you can’t go wrong adding pecans to a dessert. My crostata opened up a bit, as I was working quickly and did not properly pleat and press one of the sections. But the filling stayed put, so I’m deeming this recipe fast, easy, fresh and (mostly) idiot proof.

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The crumble on this pie was out of the world.  I was eating it straight out of the bowl…how can you resist butter, brown sugar pecans AND walnuts?  It is not possible.  Because I wasn’t working with a deep dish pie pan, I reduced the apples but did not reduce the cranberries.  This made for a tart pie.  I think you can reduce the cranberries by half and still have a delicious pie, so feel free to adapt to your taste.

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Mmmm…this is my favorite pie.  I adore rhubarb and am constantly trying to find more recipes with it.  This pie is very juicy, sweet and summer-y. I make it with a lattice crust to complete the summer look.

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

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I saw this recipe on smittenkitchen and had been dying to make it. I adore creme fraiche. I decided to follow the recipe full stop and use the crust recipe too and it is truly the best crust recipe ever. Very very buttery and much easier to work with than my old crust recipe. Sadly the photos are not too photogenic, as I took them with my cell phone and the pie was slightly runny (due to my disregarding of the recommended amount of creme fraiche). Delicious though, very sophisticated and not overly sweet.
Creme Fraiche Peach Pie

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