Q: I am always looking for new ways to make pie crusts more interesting than the usual cookie-crumb variety. But I've noticed that many alternative recipes contain nuts, which is a problem for someone like with me with a nut allergy. Do you have any suggestions on how to jazz up a pie or cheesecake crust without using crushed almonds, walnuts, etc.?
Sent by Katherine
Editor: Katherine, one good idea for you is this oat-based crust, which we think is just delicious. It's very nutty and interesting, and it's easy to work with too:
• Strawberry Tart with Rich Mascarpone Cream, Dark Chocolate Bits, and a Toasted Oatmeal Shortbread Crust (Plus Ganache)
That's one idea. Readers, any other ideas for interesting summer pie crusts, sans nuts?
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