When I want to impress guests, this is the pie I prepare. Peaches, plums and a bit of lemon peel are a refreshing trio that wakes up taste buds. It's a family favorite that's requested often.
-Susan Osborne, Hatfield Point, New Brunswick
The subtle tastes of orange and nutmeg bring out the fresh flavor of plums in this comforting pie. Be sure to have a slice while it's still warm, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. —Lucille Mead, Ilion, New York
"My family came to Texas from Virginia after the Civil War," relates Debra Ayers from Cheyenne, Wyoming. "Two brothers helped drive a herd of cattle up the Chisholm Trail to Abilene, Kansas. The boys decided to stay in Kansas and open a meat market. They did well. One brother sent for his girlfriend back in Texas to come and marry him. She did, and she brought this recipe. The family has been making this pie ever since.
“I created this recipe to reduce the sugar and fat in the original high-calorie version,” notes Diane Halferty of Corpus Christi, Texas. “Although it uses sugar substitute and reduced-fat ingredients, you can’t tell the difference between this dessert and the original.”
“This tart heralds lazy summer days when strawberries are at their sweetest and juiciest. It’s entirely customizable, too. You can substitute any refrigerated cookie dough for the crust.” —Chantal Bourbon, Montreal, Quebec
"You’ll have no hassle, no fuss and no leftovers with this dessert," Sue Shank promises from Harrisonburg, Virginia. "It looks impressive, but it’s actually so simple. It can be prepared in a 9- or 11-inch pan and tastes wonderful served warm with ice cream or whipped topping."