The Simple Art of the Tart

Sugar Pie

I'm always on a quest for a better pie crust. I like my crust to be flaky, buttery and tasty. After many trials and errors I came upon Orangette's blog and found what has now become my all-time favorite pie crust. What's different about this dough is that you add apple cider vinegar, which keep the dough tender. I love the soft feeling of that dough after it was rolled out. It did not break out when I transferred the dough to the pie plate. For this test I made a sugar pie. Now we're in Heaven.


Recently I received two Brillante Weblog Awards and let me tell you that it had made my day.

One the the Awards was from my dear 'food blogger friend' Val. She lives in the same provice as me and some day we will meet. Can't wait to meet this generous person. She always come up with great recipes and participated in many food blogger events. I get a lot of inspiration from her blog. She also like to talk about daily life and her precious daughter. Please take the time to visit Val at:
More Than Burnt Toast

And the second Award was from Farida of Farida’s Azerbaijani Cookbook. She lived in Long Beach, California where she moved from Baku. I'm jealous. Cooking is her passion. She has lot's of interesting recipes. Here is the link to visit her:
Farida's Azerbaijani Cookbook

Brilliant Weblog is a prize given to sites and blogs that are smart and brilliant both in their content and their design. The purpose of the prize is to promote as many blogs as possible in the blogosphere.
Here are the rules to follow :
When you receive the prize you must write a post showing it, together with the name of who has given it to you, and link them back.
Choose a minimum of 7 blogs (or even more) that you find brilliant in their content or design.
Show their names and links and leave them a comment informing they were prized with ‘Brilliant Weblog’.
Show a picture of those who awarded you and those you give the prize (optional).
I am passing this award on to:

-Singapore: Epicurean Escapism
-Amsterdam, NY: A Southern Grace
-Southern California: Alexandra' Kitchen
-Manhattan, NY: Big City, Little Kitchen
-Seattle, Washington: We Heart Food
-Munich: Delicious Days
-And finally: Dine and Dish



  1. That pie crust looks good. I am still having troubles with pie crusts. I will have to try this one.

  2. Helene - I'm so honored! Thank you so much for the award!

  3. Kevin: This one is a winner. Give it a try.

    Kristen: You're welcome!

  4. Enjoy the award - it's well deserved!

  5. Apple cider vinegar? That's a new one to me that I'm willing to try. That crust looks wonderfully flaky.

  6. thank you, Hélene, for the award. you are very generous. I have an old recipe for pie dough that also has cider vinegar in it, and I haven't made it in ages. after reading this entry, I've reminded of how good it is. I'll have to give it a go!

  7. Pie crusts are so tricky. I use to have a great one made with roasted walnut oil but it doesn't work so well without wheat flour. I am still experimenting. I use apple cider vinegar in some of my bread dough and it does give a more tender crumb. Congrats on the awards!!! :-)

  8. Thank you so much Helene for all your kind words. I think that one day we will meet as well:D I haven't much success with pie crust...just one of those things...but this twist sounds like a winner:D

  9. Another well-deserved award for you Helene! I have got to use that vinegar tip for my next crust. At our temperatures, most techniques that make the crust tender also make it too difficult to manipulate. Beautiful sugar pie-- yum!

  10. cider vinegar? that has quite a strong taste...does the crust have that flavor? I'll try it.

  11. Congrats Helene...the award is very well deserved indeed! YAY for you. Both Val & Farida's blogs for the pie crust. Absolutely divine looking. On my list of things to do. xoxo

  12. Thank you for the award Helene! I'm so honoured it came from you :)

  13. A nice Pie Crust! Congrats! You deserve such an award!



  14. thank you so much, helene!

    meanwhile, i add vinegar to my pie crust dough as well--it definitely leads to a tender result! heaven, indeed! :)

  15. I'll have to try this recipe. I'm currently prefecting my butter tart recipe (as you know) and I'm open to trying all kinds of new things.

    I now use white vinegar or lemon juice but I'm up for giving apple cider vinegar a try to see if there is a difference!

  16. Yummy photo! I tried to click on the link to the recipe and it didn't work though.

  17. I fixed the link for the recipe.

    Thanks, I enjoyed the Award. It's always nice to have people that recognize you.

    For the questions about adding Apple Cider Vinegar: Any acid in general, will help the glutens relax. Relaxed gluten and cold fat equals the best pie crust recipe you have ever baked. So I guess you can use normal vinegar as well.

  18. Thanks Helene! I realize now that I've actually already saved Orangette's recipe so it must be good if lots of people are loving it. =)

  19. Finding the pie crust recipe/technique that works for you is such a great feeling. I know I've had my fair share of maddening doughs that just seem impossible to work with. The crust looks great (as does the rest of the tart!)

  20. This pie crust looks really nice. i really want to add it to my list of things to do this fall. Going to keep this recipe in mind when I do.

  21. That is one nice looking pie crust! Glad you found one you really like!

    Congrats on your award too! Well deserved!

  22. What perfect looking crust. I will be back next time I make a tart, heaven knows I'll need it! Love your blog!

  23. This looks like an amazing crust!!!! I can imagine berries, nectarines...and don't forget the cream!!!!

  24. Apple cider vinegar? Hmmm, seems like that has many uses. I shall have to try this. Thanks for the tip.

  25. I will have to give your tart crust a try, as I have yet to find the perfect one. My mom uses apple cider vinegar in her crust. Fixing to make a pie soon! Thanks...

  26. Congrats on that award. Very well deserved i must say ! The pie crust does look good.

  27. Loved the photo, wanted to grab that fork and taste the pie dough.


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