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The Pie and Pastry Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum

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  • Flaky cream cheese pie crust

    • TrishaCP on March 27, 2016

      This recipe has been successful for many folks per multiple online postings, but it was a complete disaster for me. All was fine (I followed all instructions) until I blind baked the dough, when half of the pie slumped into the middle of the pie plate. I had rolled it, crimped it and left it in the refrigerator overnight so it should have been cold enough-I generally use Pyrex so will not freeze and put a crust into a hot oven (though I will with tart crusts). Would love to hear from anyone else who has used this recipe-at least one other Epicurious user had the same problem that I did. My guess is that the butter and cream cheese combo may cause some issues- apparently many people have some shrinkage with this crust (though RLB says this one is supposed to hold the shape well). I would attempt this again but with a double crust pie only.

    • Frogcake on November 13, 2016

      Just looking at the proportions of flour to butter to water, I think Trisha is correct about the cause for shrinkage. I compared this recipe to the one that I routinely use (Martha Stewart's basic pie crust) and find that Rose's recipe falls short on the proportions for a crust that is light, flakey, and tender. I believe a pie crust recipe needs to stay simple because the focus should be on the filling. So I think I will stick with Martha's recipe, which never shrinks, is easy to work with, and has a buttery, flakey taste.

  • The best all-American apple pie

    • stockholm28 on October 17, 2015

      This is really an excellent pie filling, but you need to have some time because it is a multi-step process. You macerate the apples for a couple of hours and then strain off the accumulated juice. You cook down the juice with some butter to make a thick syrup and then add back to the apples. The pie sets up beautifully and has a wonderful apple flavor. I used four types of apples that I got at the farmer's market--- Northern Spy, Bramley (first time I've seen them in U.S.), Stayman, and another variety. Absolutely delicious.

  • Apple crumb pie

    • stockholm28 on November 29, 2015

      This is an excellent apple pie, but this takes some time. Like her All American Apple Pie, you macerate the apples first. You then take the accumulated juice and boil it down with some butter to make a syrup that is mixed in with the apples. The crumb topping has walnuts in it and it forms just a thin topping. I would have liked just a bit more streusel on top, but it was still very good.

    • TrishaCP on March 28, 2016

      My family was a definite fan of this pie. The extra step of creating a caramel from the apple juices is pretty genius and makes the dish. See my notes for the streusel topping (you may want more) and the cream cheese pie crust (I had big problems with it) in this book before attempting those sub-recipes.

  • Perfect peach pie

    • gastronom on August 20, 2017

      This recipe was rated very well when it was published in the Washington Post. See that lising for hints about bakng it.

  • Honeycomb chiffon pie

    • Bloominanglophile on October 06, 2013

      I made this pie back in 2004 for a Slow Food honey-tasting event. It is definitely showy (bubble wrap is used to create the honeycomb design in the chiffon), and its looks might just outshine its taste. Regardless, it was a fun pie to make and present. I used marzipan to make the bees (with melted chocolate stripes and eyes) instead of the ganache. There was only so much effort I was willing to put into this pie!

  • Shoofly pie

    • stockholm28 on June 21, 2015

      Excellent version of shoofly pie.

  • Kiwi tart with lime curd

    • Zosia on April 19, 2015

      A sweet cookie crust filled with lime curd lightened with whipped cream and topped with fresh kiwi and blueberries, it doesn't get much easier than this. Delicious, and quite beautiful!

  • Christmas cranberry galette

    • chawkins on December 13, 2013

      Worst pie disaster I've ever had. Must be operator error. Can't believe a RLB recipe could turn out so badly. I used whole wheat pastry flour for the crust. As the dough refused to come together, I added a tad more water and refrigerated overnight. The cranberry were macerated in granulated sugar overnight as well. I saw no cracks in my formed galette, however all the juices leaked out during baking, getting under the silicone mat, making a hard sticky mess. As a result, the pie was extremely dry. Have to eat it with loads of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

  • Deep-dish chicken potpies

    • Smokeydoke on February 01, 2017

      Life-changing. Unbelievably tasty. I used her cream-cheese crust and made it into one 9 1/2 inch pie (serving was a bit tricky, but it tasted fine) instead of 4 individual pies. The filling is unbelievably tasty. I used button mushrooms but I can't wait to try this again with morels (my favorite), which is what she recommends.

  • Quick puff pastry

    • Zosia on March 06, 2014

      No more difficult to make than regular pie crust, the dough comes together quickly and becomes easier to work with with each consecutive fold and turn. I used a reliable brand of regular Canadian butter - not the recommended higher fat, european-style - with stellar results.

  • Cheese straws

    • Zosia on March 06, 2014

      The pastry was excellent (quick puff, page 420), crisp, flaky, beautifully puffed up, but the flavour was somewhat underwhelming with cheese flavour lacking. The hot Hungarian paprika I used helped, but next time I'll double or even triple the cheese.

  • Authentic Danish pastry dough

    • Zosia on March 11, 2014

      My first attempt at making this laminated dough met with great success thanks to the author's meticulous instructions and additional tips. The danishes were light, flaky and tender and unlike anything I'd eaten before. Made initially just to challenge myself - and to reduce my baking "bucket list" by one item - I suspect this will be repeated in future...so many shapes and filling combinations to try!

  • Streusel topping

    • TrishaCP on March 28, 2016

      This is a perfectly serviceable streusel topping for pies, but the amounts for a 9 inch pie are a tad stringy. I wasn't able to fully cover the pie with the amount of streusel it made.

  • Raspberry sauce

    • WendyKinney on July 11, 2011

      This sauce is orgasmic. Use the microwave ( oil a glass measuring cup four time as big as you need, it will boil up) and people will be lined up to take this home, while you'll be licking your fingers. You do need the Cuisinart power strainer, do use both the fresh lemon and the Chambord. do make a double recipe so you can be generous and still have leftovers.

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  • ISBN 10 0684813483
  • ISBN 13 9780684813486
  • Linked ISBNs
  • Published Nov 02 1998
  • Format Misc. format
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Simon & Schuster
  • Imprint Simon & Schuster

Publishers Text

Rose Levy Beranbaum has won 3 Beard and Child Awards, including Cookbook of the Year for Cake Bible. Now, with what may be the best-researched book on pastry ever, you can rely on 300+ infallible recipes again.


Easy-to-follow recipes for fruit pies, chiffon pies, custard pies, ice cream pies, meringue pies, chocolate pies, tarts and tartlets, turnovers, dumplings, biscuits, scones, crostadas, galettes, strudel, fillo, puff pastry, croissants (chocolate, too), Danish, brioche, sticky buns, cream puffs and profiteroles. All kinds of fillings, glazes, toppings and sauces, including pastry cream, frangipane, Chiboust, fruit curds, ice creams, fondant, fruit preserves, streusel, meringues, ganache, caramel and hot fudge.


Pointers for Success follow the recipes, guaranteeing perfect results every time.



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