One way to my family's heart is through great-tasting food. Luckily, I've learned to take a few shortcuts to get there. This no-bake pie is a good example. Using canned pie filling and a prepared crust gets me out of the kitchen quickly.
Toasted sesame seeds add crunch to the graham cracker crust of this luscious dessert. "Years ago, I led a homemaking course on dairy foods, and this pie was adapted from one of the recipes I used in that class. Everyone always wants seconds." —Audrey Armour, Thamesford, Ontario
I wanted to surprise my grown daughter with a different dessert for her birthday. The puff pasty tarts I dressed up have a chocolaty center with a splash of amaretto.—Jennifer Zuk, Burnaby, British Columbia
“I’m sharing one of my family’s very favorite pie recipes. I love making it for special occasions, and assembling it the day before leaves extra time to spend with loved ones.” —Dagmar Vena, Nepean, Ontario
I fell for the Bakewell tart, a British dessert, while stationed in Dubai with the Navy. Jam with almond filling is traditional, but red velvet makes this a holiday dazzler. —Crystal Schlueter, Northglenn, Colorado
My grandmother recalls ricotta pie always making an appearance on Easter when she was little. Now I've taken here recipe and created a pared down version for a more upscale appearance at holidays and other gatherings. —Stephen DeBenedictis, Wakefield, Massachusetts
The simple combination of raspberries and cherries is the delectable difference in this pie. "My family prefers it with a lattice crust," says Fern Buffington of Traer, Iowa, "but feel free to top it any way you like."