Karen Barker

Karen Barker's tart, from the Magnolia Grill in North Carlina, is beautiful and delicious, especially when set off by the whipped cream and the colorful Cranberry-Orange Compote.Plus: Ultimate Thanksgiving Guide Beautiful Desserts
Karen Barker, the pastry chef at Magnolia Grill in Durham, North Carolina, makes a lemon pie that delivers more than sweetness and fluff. Her smooth lemon filling is decidedly tart, offset by pillows of brown-sugar whipped cream and a slightly crunchy and chewy coconut crust. Barker advises seeking out frozen shredded coconut, but Baker's Angel Flake coconut (sold in plastic bags on the supermarket shelf) will do in a pinch. Barker recommends stirring the cream of coconut before adding it to the filling.Plus: More Dessert Recipes and Tips