I’ve been a fan of America’s Test Kitchen the show so I was dying to try out the recipes in the cookbook. The book is packed with many classic pie recipes from apple, pecan, key lime to not-so-familiar recipes like Portuguese egg tarts. I love a fresh fruit tart so I really wanted to try my hand at making it. Disappointingly, the fruit tart recipe in the book is not a classic French fruit tart recipe. Instead of the classic pastry cream, the recipe used a filling made of white baking chips (which isn’t even chocolate!) and mascarpone cheese. The fruit took me about two and a half hours to make. The dough was a little tricky, and cutting up some of the fruit was time-consuming, but a finished fruit tart looks gorgeous. Although the filling held up really nicely when you cut into it, the taste was disappointing. The filling just did not compare to the eggy and sweet pastry cream. The cookbook had a lot of gorgeous pictures, but none of it was in color, which is odd for cookbooks. Aside from that, I recommend this cookbook to pie enthusiasts.
Reviewed By: Helen Vernier