Master chef Jacques Pépin makes perfect pie crust, pâte sucrée and puff pastry. Plus, F&W’s recipes and tips for flaky, mouthwatering pies and tarts.

By Food & Wine
May 29, 2012

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How to Make Pie Crust

Jacques Pépin makes pie dough in a food processor, then rolls it out to bake. 



How to Make Sweet Pastry Dough


Sweet dough, also known as pâte sucrée, bakes into a buttery pastry that’s perfect for tarts and fruit pies. Here, Pépin makes the classic dough. 



How to Make Puff Pastry


Jacques Pépin demonstrates how to make flaky puff pastry at home. 


A Baker’s Perfect Pie Pastry Tips

How to Make Pie Crust



Senior recipe developer Grace Parisi has perfected her pie crust-making technique. Here, she shares her best tips.





Tips for Making a Puff-Pastry Shell

 Puff Pastry Shell



Three easy steps for making a stellar puff pastry tart shell. Plus, easy recipes for delicious tart fillings, from caramelized bananas to plums sautéed in Chambord, a black raspberry liqueur.





Favorite Pies and Tarts

 Double-Crust Apple Pie

Double-Crust Apple Pie

For this iconic dessert, Grace Parisi fills flaky pie crust with a mix of Granny Smith, Pink Lady and Golden Delicious apples.  Flaky Pear Pie

Flaky Pear Pie

Grant Achatz’s dessert, inspired by his mom’s, is as straightforward as it gets, with a melt-in-your-mouth all-shortening pie crust and a lightly sweetened pear filling with just a hint of spice.  Georgia Peach Pie

Georgia Peach Pie

When you slice into this delicious pie, don’t be surprised by the gap between the filling and the top crust. This happens when a pie is baked at high heat because the crust sets before the fruit in the filling has cooked down. 

Rustic Apple Tart

This is the flakiest, easiest, best pie crust we’ve ever tested. Master chef Jacques Pépin has created a virtually fail-safe recipe that is completely hassle-free. 

Fresh Raspberry Tart

To make sure the pastry stays crisp and flaky, Jacques Pépin arranges the raspberries on top no more than 30 minutes before serving. The jam not only sets the berries in place, it also adds flavor intensity and gives them a beautiful shine.  

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