The Difference between Pies and Tarts


Have you ever wondered about the difference between pies and tarts?

Americans are more apt to make pies. They’re deeper than tarts. The dish is about 2 inches high (~ 5 cm). They’re usually sweet too.¬†One savory dish Americans make in a pie dish is quiche.


French people are more likely to make tarts which are thinner. Tart dishes are only about 1.5 inches high (~3.8 cm). Tarts can be sweet or savory.


The 1/2 inch (1.27 cm) difference is bigger than you’d think when it comes to taste. Tarts are generally lighter. While pies are dense and juicy. I love them both!

Some of My Favorite Pie and Tart Recipes

Parsley & Goat Cheese Tart

Leek Tart

Blueberry Pie

Apple Pie


Mama Lisa

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2 Responses to “The Difference between Pies and Tarts”

  1. Maria Says:

    and in the UK, a pie has a pastry lid on it and a tart doesn’t!

  2. Lisa Says:

    That’s interesting Maria. I wonder if the pies in Britain are more moist because of using a lid.

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