Our fearless food & drink leader, , is out this week working on (!!), so I’m filling in for her recipe column today. She’d probably prefer that I focus on something healthy, but because tomorrow is national I thought I’d take the chance to embrace the Pi/Pie homophone and share my all-time favorite pie recipes! From chocolate chess pies to banoffee, citrus and shaker pies, there is something here for everyone. I’ve also included helpful recipes for making your own pie crust and gluten-free recipes for anyone who can’t have that on their menu.
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Cheryl Day is my favorite baker in the world, hands down. Her recipe for
Chocolate Chess Pie
is both delicious and wonderfully nostalgic. It reminds me of something you'd get in your grandparents' kitchen and is that wonderful mix of decadent and light, thanks to a fluffy dollop of whipped cream.
Shaker Citrus pie
was new to me until this recipe and now it's one of my favorite things to track down in New England. It's creamy but still has such a bright taste from the citrus.
is a British favorite and it combines dulce de leche and banana for a truly delicious end product. Drizzle a little chocolate on top if you want to really send this over the top.
This Chestnut Cream Pie
recipe comes straight from a west coast pie guru at The PieTisserie. Her recipe includes a how-to video if you need some extra instruction.
are synonymous with summer to me and few things could be better than that. But when you make them small and handheld? That's the best. These
portable peach hand pies
from Back in the Day Bakery are delicious.
The holidays may be over, but it's never too late for sweet potato - or
sweet potato pie
- in my book. This recipe is GLUTEN-FREE for anyone who needs a recipe in that category.
This lemon merengue pie
is a classic - and was the only one I would eat when I was little. My family always made chocolate pies with nuts (not my favorite when I was a kid) so I always went for the lemon. And if you're making this recipe, you can't go wrong.
Speaking of portable pies, these
mini chocolate hazelnut pies
are a great idea for picnics and any other occasion when something handheld is easier.
I'm pretty sure I could eat my body weight in
Boston Cream Pie
. I didn't try this until I was in college and I'm 90% sure it's single-handedly responsible for my freshman 15. But it was worth it.
Okay, I had to throw in ONE savory pie for anyone who isn't a sweets person (that always makes me so sad). Even though they're not a dessert pie, these
Zucchini and Mushroom pies
from Bill from The Pie Truck are DELICIOUS. They're great for taking on the go because they're muffin-sized and pack well for lunch on road!