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Pine Nut Honey Anise Pie

[Photograph: Sarah Baird]

This nutty, honey-sweetened pie is the perfect treat to take to the first backyard garden party of the season.

Note: The type of honey used in this dessert will have an impact on the resulting flavor: while any locally sourced honey will do, I recommend clover honey, which has floral notes, or acacia honey, which is widely regarded as a flavorful favorite. In any case, don't shortchange your pie: it's worth the extra effort to locate and use the highest quality honey possible.

Looking to add a bit of extra flair? Whip up some fresh anise cream to dollop on top of this nutty, earthy treat. In a small saucepan, bring 1/2 cup of the cream just to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in 1/2 teaspoon anise. Cover and let steep for 10-15 minutes.
Strain the steeped cream into a small metal bowl, set the bowl into an ice bath, and chill the cream until cold. Whisk in the remaining 1/2 cup cream and 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar. Continue to whisk until soft peaks form.

About the Author: Sarah Baird is a writer, editor, and curator from New Orleans, Louisiana. Follow her on Twitter: @scbaird.

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