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By America’S Test Kitchen The Associated Press

This apple crisp gets an unlikely boost from cranberries

Although it’s hard to imagine that apple crisp needs much improvement, we liked the tartness and texture that cranberries added to one of our favourite standard dessert recipes. The challenges were balancing the fruit flavours and making sure that the filling baked evenly while the topping stayed crisp.

Classic Pecan Pie

There is much to love about sweet, nutty pecan pie, but it’s easy for this simple dessert to turn out tooth achingly sugary and void of pecan flavour, with a curdled filling sogging a leathery crust.

We wanted to create the ideal recipe for a not-too-sweet pie with a smooth-textured filling and a properly baked bottom crust. We decided to start from the bottom up.