Pies are one of the most popular dessert choices. They are not just for dessert either, people enjoy savory pies as one of the main courses for brunch or dinner. Pies are traditional dishes that are often made and served during holiday seasons. They are pastry items with a crust and a filling, and the crusts can be of shortcrust or puff pastry. They can be filled with either pastry cream, fruit, vegetable, or meat according to your choice of making it as a dessert, appetizer, or a main course.
The Pie family is not limited to just pies with 1 or 2 crusts and fillings. There are variations to the rule, but the similarities they share with pies in various aspects make them fall under the pie classification.
Let's meet the Pie family:
A tart is very similar to a pie consisting of a filling over a pastry base with an open-top, not covered with pastry. They are thinner than pies and the pans they are baked in are usually fluted around the edges. Tarts are often eaten as a dessert. A quiche is an example of a Savory tart.
Galettes are a French word for cakes they are sweet or savory baked goodies. Galette is a rustic, free form version of an open fruit tart and could have a crust made out of pastry dough, yeast-leavened dough or a shortbread crust, They often consist of fillings with fruits, jam and different kinds of creams for a sweet version. A savory galette, maybe filled with egg, meat, fish, cheese, cut vegetables, or similar ingredients.
Tarte Tatin is an upside-down pastry in which the fruits are caramelized in butter and sugar, before being used. Apples are a classic choice but can be made with other fruits as well, preferably stone fruits. For this tart, the crust is carefully placed over the caramelized fruits and it is baked until the crust is browned and then inverted on a serving plate. The end result, which is a light golden crust with soft and juicy fruit cooked in crisp caramel, is a great combination.
Flan: A Flan is an open pastry or sponge cake base containing a sweet or savory filling. It could be an inverted egg-based baked custard or an open tart with only one crust at the bottom. The flans related to pies are baked in flan rings. These are metal rings in which the pastry dough is molded, pressed neatly to the edges, and is baked alone with the ring.
Pies and their cousins are delicious holiday classics and year-round favorites of many. Make your next friendly gatherings deliciously memorable by serving a warm delectable piece of homemade pie or a tart from our collection of both sweet and savory, pies, and tarts recipes.