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Top Eastern European Pie Recipes

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Eastern European pies can be sweet or savory and they can be made with flaky pastry dough, yeast doughs and filo dough. Here are top Eastern European dessert pie recipes. Here are recipes for Eastern European Savory Pies.

1. Polish Apple Tart Recipe - Szarlotka

Warm Apple Tart Dessert at Warszawa Polish Restaurant in Santa Monica, Calif.
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Apple tart or szarlotka is the Polish version of American applie pie, except the crust is sweeter and made with butter. Szarlotka and sernik (cheesecake), among others, are considered national desserts of Poland.

2. Croatian Nine-Layer Filo Pie - Bregovska Pita or Gibanica Devet Vrsti

Croatian Nine-Layer Filo Pie or Bregovska Pita
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Here's an instance where filo dough is used in place of flaky pie dough or puff pastry. This nine-layer "pie" is filled with apples, walnuts and poppy seeds, and is terrific with a strong cup of Turkish coffee.

3. Apple Custard Pie Recipe

Apple Pudding or Apple Custard Pie
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This recipe for apple "custard" pie is also known as apple pudding and it can be made in a traditional pie crust, but I like to use puff pastry because it's so easy.

4. Peach Pie Recipe

Peach Pie
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Unlike other peach-pie makers, Mom never used spices like ginger, cinnamon or nutmeg in her pie. She wanted the pure, fresh flavor of juicy peaches to come shining through, and it did. I am truly my mother's daughter because, to this day, the only things I add to my peaches are sugar, flour and a little salt.

5. Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie Recipe

Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie
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When my grandmother had a few extra minutes of time, she would bother with a double crust. Otherwise, all her pies were open-face (see rustic tart recipe below). And when the spring rhubarb and wild strawberries were in, she would make this delightful sweet-tart dessert. Sometimes she would use apples in place of the strawberries.

6. Rustic Strawberry-Rhubarb Tart Recipe

Rustic Strawberry-Rhubarb Tart
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When my grandmother's rhubarb and wild strawberries came in, she would sometimes whip up this easy, open-face pie, especially when she had paying boarders who expected a sweet finale to their meal.

7. Pear Custard Pie Recipe

Pear Custard Pie
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Here's another instance where filo dough is used instead of flaky pie dough or puff pastry. The result is superior.

8. Rhubarb Streusel Pie Recipe

Rhubarb Streusel Pie
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If you're a kruszonka (crumble) lover as I am, this one-crust rhubarb pie will be your new best friend. Streusel toppings are a very common way to top a one-crust pie in Eastern Europe.

9. Strawberry Cream Cheese Pie Recipe

Strawberry-Cream Cheese Pie
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Strawberries, almonds and cream cheese make for a happy marriage in this pie with an unusual almond-paste-filled crust.

10. Rhubarb Cream Tart Recipe

Rhubarb Cream Tart
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Use spring's abundance of young rhubarb in this flaky tart. The pucker power of rhubarb gives this dessert the same tang you'll find in green apple pie.
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