Monday, January 14, 2013

Piemaker's Day Off

For the first time ever, the Piemaker declined to make a pie. Actually it was worse than that: he said I had a choice – he could spend Saturday taking down broken tree branches and clearing the yard, or he could make a pie. Well! I never! I chose the tree branches, and it serves him right, I say.

To recover from the shock of it all, I made a pie.  This is the Raspberry-Marzipan Tart from December’s Martha Stewart Living.
Usually the MSL recipes have too many complex steps and require too many expensive ingredients for me to have much interest in them, but this one had a short list of ingredients and was quick to put together.

I’m describing it as an inside-out Linzer Torte, because the layers of raspberry and almond are reversed. Linzer Torte usually has layers of fruit preserves between almond pastry crust.
The Raspberry-Marzipan Tart has a ground almond filling between two layers of preserves. The only major change I made to the published recipe was to double the amount of almond extract.
The tart is delicious! I think this crust and the almond filling would also be good with other fruit preserves and, of course, chocolate.

Yes, the Piemaker got to eat some of the pie after he spent all day working in the yard.

What’s cooking and baking in your kitchen?



  1. That looks delish! We are in Florida at the moment, so my kitchen is dark. Later this week I have plans to make a big pot of sauce with sausage and homemade meatballs, though.
    Happy Monday!
    xo, Anita

  2. I hope the Piemaker was suitably impressed and that he also made a good job of the branches!

  3. That looks delicious. The Piemaker got a lovely treat after all his hard work.