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Getting each part of a pie perfect can be difficult. But it is easier to make bars, such as these raspberry apricot ones, and still get all the great fruit taste. Bill Hogan / Chicago Tribune

EASIER THAN PIE: Raspberry apricot bars recipe

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Pie can be scary. I made this unhappy discovery at age 2, standing unsteady and tear-streaked in the family VW bus. I had pie in hand, fierce resistance on face. No way.


The problem was this: too much middle. The crust looked safe, but underneath lurked a sinkhole of goo. Scary.

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