America's Best Salty-Sweet Desserts

Pastry chefs all over the country are infusing their desserts with salty and savory elements—from bacon and salted caramel to black olive...
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Underbelly; Houston

Vinegar pie with salt brittle, $9
Initially discovered by chef Chris Shepherd in Hillbilly Cookin' (written in 1968), this tangy pie is now a signature dessert at his Southern eatery. To update the decades-old recipe, pastry chef Victoria Dearmond trades a standard crust for traditional tart dough, and uses cane vinegar and double strength apple cider for the filling. Crunchy caramel brittle dusted with Galveston sea salt is sprinkled on top. "I wasn't sure what to put with the pie because of the different flavors and textures," Dearmond says. "I used salt-and-vinegar potato chips as my inspiration."

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