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8 Secrets to Easy, Foolproof Summer Pies

8 Secrets to Easy, Foolproof Summer Pies

Whether you are making a fruit pie or a creamy custard pie with berries on top, summer is one of the best times to bake

We’ve found some quick tips and tricks for foolproof summer pies.

Summer is full of fresh, sun-ripened fruit — and what better way to eat those peaches and plums than in a pie? Whether you are making a fruit pie or a creamy custard pie with berries on top, summer is one of the best times to bake. Although we love summer’s fruit, the heat can sometimes be problematic for pie dough. Luckily, we’ve found some quick tips and tricks for foolproof summer pies.

To help us compile a list of some of the most helpful summer pie tips, we asked Bobbie Lloyd, the Chief Baking Officer at Magnolia Bakery and judge on TLC’s Next Great Baker. Bobbie’s number one tip is to make sure that everything is “cold, cold, cold!” One of her tips is to start with cold hands. She recommends that the bakers at Magnolia Bakery dip their hands in ice-cold water before mixing the dough.

There are plenty of other easy ways to make foolproof pies this summer — and some are easier than you think (hint: you don’t even have to make the dough to enjoy a pie!). So, check out this list and some of Bobbie’s tips and you’ll be on your way to a sweet summer pie.

Cookie Crusts

To avoid the hassle of making and rolling out pie dough altogether, just swap out the traditional dough crust for a cookie crust. Cookies like graham crackers and vanilla wafers are great for this. Just mix the finely-ground cookies with melted butter and press into a pie dish.

Slab Pies and Galettes

These are simple because there is no need to be neat and clean. Just roll out the dough, pour in the filling, and fold the edges up. You don’t even need a pie pan, which is great for clean-up.

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Emily Jacobs is the Recipe editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyRecipes.

Million Dollar Pie Recipe | Easy No Bake Pie!

This easy Million Dollar Pie recipe got its name because it was the winner of a Pillsbury Bake Off Pie Contest. You don't have to be a contest winner to impress your friends and family with this easy no bake pie, however. In fact, your family will be begging you to enter this pie in a contest yourself. It is that good!

This Million Dollar Pie recipe has everything you could ever want in a recipe. It is incredibly easy to make, it requires very little time spent in the kitchen, it contains all familiar ingredients without being too common or boring, and most importantly--it is delicious and won't heat up the kitchen! The pineapple and maraschino cherries add a light, sweet and fruity flavor that is perfect for a summer get-together, while the pecans and the ready-made graham cracker crust add that satisfying crunch that makes for a complex, yet perfect summer pie.

You've already impressed your family with the standard easy strawberry pie recipe, and you've even gone out on a limb with a less traditional, but still every bit as delicious easy coconut pie recipe. Now it's time to pull out all the stops for a crowd-pleasing pie that is every bit as impressive as it is delicious.

Prepare this Million Dollar Pie recipe for your next family get-together. Not only can you be sure that you won't accidentally bring the same dish as someone else, but you'll pretty much guarantee rave reviews for the rest of the night. This is one pie your friends and family will be begging you to make again and again!

15 Easy Ways to Turn Summer Fruit into Dessert

Summer fruit is flooding the farmers’ markets, so it’s time to get your dessert on—from simple cakes and cobblers to no-bake desserts, and from stone fruit to berries, here are 15 tips for making easy summer fruit desserts.

You don’t necessarily need to turn the oven on, but even if you do decide to bake, you’ll still want to skew lighter than usual. And maybe employ some shortcuts, like store-bought pie crust (because sometimes, especially in summer, we love a time-saving hack).

But whether you want something cold and creamy, something light and bright, or simply whatever’s easiest, you’ll find a perfect summer fruit dessert idea below:

1. Give It a Dip

No, not in chocolate, though that’s another fantastic option. Mixing up an easy, creamy dip (the Cinnamon Fruit Dip recipe above has just five ingredients) is almost effortless yet feels so fancy. It’s a great way to entice any kids who aren’t enthusiastic fans of fruit already, too.

2. Make Stovetop Jam and Use It in Inventive Ways

Do you have too much summer produce on your hands? Not to worry—making jam is our go-to method for preserving the goodness of summer fruit. It’s less complicated than it sounds. Start with a basic recipe and follow the steps to can it, so you can enjoy it all winter. If you don’t want to bother with canning, eat it right away!

Your jam will last up to a week in the refrigerator and is not just for slathering on toast try it spread between the layers of a cake, dolloped inside a s’more or no-bake thumbprint cookies, stuffed into fritters, swirled into (or melted and poured over top of) ice cream, baked into bars, or melted and brushed onto a fruit tart as a shiny, tasty glaze. It can also help intensify the flavor of a fruit salad, or even make a quick cocktail (or mocktail) when you stir a spoonful into a spirit-based drink or simple seltzer water, perfect for when you’re too full for dessert but still want something sweet. Get our Fragrant Blueberry Jam recipe.

3. Rescue Stale Bread with the Power of Fruit

Summer fruit offers the perfect solution to saving stale bread. Classic summer pudding is made with fresh fruit (ideally berries) and slightly past-its-prime bread—the bread soaks up the fruit juices and turns the entire dessert into a sweet and moist, cake-like confection. And there’s no baking involved. Get our Almost Summer Pudding recipe.

Related Reading: 11 Ways to Use Stale Bread

4. Chill Out with Fruity Ice Cream or Frozen Yogurt

Our ice cream machine is our very best friend all summer. Once you master a basic formula, like any of these easy frozen yogurt recipes—many of which don’t require an ice cream maker—you can adapt it to fit whatever summer fruit or dessert you have on hand. For example, add in a raspberry swirl with some quick-cooked fruit or make extra streusel from a pie recipe and stir that into the ice cream. Bake sugar cookies and crunch them up, then crumble them over top with fresh sliced strawberries. The world is your oyster—or, your empty ice cream bowl.

5. Make a Classic Move and Master Pie Crust

Stone fruit and berries basically beg to be turned into pie. So before summer ends, perfect your pie crust technique so that you can eat your daily servings of fruit in the form of pie (why not?!). The most important thing to keep in mind is to start with very cold butter or shortening. Keeping the fats cold in pie dough allows the butter or shortening to stay in lumps, which melt during baking into flakes. If you overwork the dough and warm the fat before baking, your crust will be leaden and dense instead of light and flaky. But once you get the hang of it, the added bonus is that you can make it ahead of time and stash it in the freezer for impromptu baking sessions.

6. Or Use Store-Bought Pie Crust in New Ways

Despite just extolling the virtues of homemade pie dough, we’re not against store-bought crust! It’s a great shortcut in our Easy Berry Cobbler recipe, which you can also make with peaches or a mix of stone fruit if you like. We draw the line at store-bought whipped topping, though—and homemade whipped cream is way easier than you might think.

7. Pair Any Fruit with Fresh Whipped Cream

In hot summer heat, eating dense chocolate cakes or overly sweet pudding isn’t really our thing. But light and airy whipped cream is a perfect partner to any ripe fruit. You can simply combine the two in a fool, or bring in a baked element, like shortcakes or layer cake see our Strawberry Whipped Cream Cake recipe, our Easy Berry Butter Cake recipe, or our Blackberry Angel Food Layer Cake recipe (above) for some delicious examples.

8. Go No-Bake & Harness the Power of the Icebox

No one really wants to turn on their oven in sweltering heat, but the good news is that you don’t have to in order to make dessert. We’ve got plenty of inspiration to turn to when you need to satisfy a sweet tooth. Ice creams, popsicles, mousses, puddings, and icebox cakes are all excellent choices for no-bake desserts. Get our Blackberry Chocolate Icebox Cake recipe, or Jessie Sheehan’s Strawberry Icebox Cake recipe (above) for some fruity examples of the form.

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9. Macerated Berries Are the Best

“Macerate” sounds fancy, but all it really means is to soak your fruit in sugar. The sugar helps draw out the juices of the fruit, turning your berries or peaches into a syrupy, chunky sauce. From there, you can stir it into yogurt or ice cream or eat it straight from a spoon! Try the technique here with our Angel Food Cake with Herbed Strawberries recipe. (It also features one of our other favorite things to do with summer fruit: grill it.)

10. Grilled Fruit Is Also Great

Applying a little smoky heat to fruit is a brilliant move and perfect when you already have the grill on anyway. A few of our favorite iterations include grilled stone fruit filled with streusel, grilled figs on top of ice cream, and grilled bananas served any way you please. We also love baking in cast iron skillets on the grill see this blueberry peach cobbler recipe for inspiration.

11. Make a Fruity French Pancake

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If you’re not familiar with the eggy French dessert already, clafoutis is an easy yet elegant way to showcase any summer fruit you like. It’s similar to a Dutch baby you can mix the batter in a blender or by hand, then pour it over the fruit and watch it puff up in the oven. It’s still delicious once it deflates. Cherry clafoutis is classic, but try this blueberry clafoutis recipe or pick your favorite fruit clafoutis.

12. Waffles Can Be Dessert Too

Waffles might sound staunchly breakfast-like, or even like wintertime fare. But we love them for summer dessert, and hear us out. Waffles don’t require your oven, and you can make them in advance. They’re a perfect blank canvas for everything from peach ice cream to sliced strawberries to blueberry sauce. Our favorite base for these experiments is our Buttermilk and Brown Butter Waffle recipe: try it out and tell us what summer flavor combinations you come up with!

13. Get into a Slump

Slumps don’t sound wildly appetizing, but you’d be surprised. They belong to a group of recipes, along with buckles and crumbles and cobblers, that utilize summer fruit. The techniques are similar for each: The filling is baked fruit and the topping is some sort of buttery, floury biscuit or streusel. Once you practice the basic recipes for each, you can experiment with spices and fruits to match whatever is in your farmers’ market. Get our Nectarine and Blueberry Slump recipe.

14. Tart It Up

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We love showcasing summer fruit in a pretty but simple summer tart. Buy a prebaked shell, or make one yourself, and fill it with pastry cream. Then top the tart with whatever fruit you have around. Next, learn the secret trick that bakeries use to pretty up their tarts (and that we already divulged in Tip #2): Melt berry jam in a saucepan over low heat until it turns to liquid. Then use a pastry brush to lightly glaze the fruit. The result is a show-stopping pastry that will impress your friends, no culinary school degree required. Try it out using our Strawberry Tart recipe, which looks impressive but is really just a matter of arranging, or our more casual but equally beautiful Rustic Blueberry Tart recipe (at the top of this page) and Raspberry Tart recipe. This style of tart with folded-over edges is also known as a galette, and it works with any fruit, including peaches or a mix of stone fruit.

15. Don’t Be Afraid to Put Fruit in Your Crock-Pot

Slow cooker desserts are a great middle ground when you want something baked but can’t bring yourself to crank up the oven. Our Slow Cooker Peach Crumble recipe is a perfect summer treat, but Mango Tapioca Pudding proves tropical fruit takes well to the Crock-Pot treatment too. You can also use it to make Blueberry Butter (then refer back to our ideas for using jam in brand new ways to make the most of it all summer long).

Bonus Tip: Don’t Forget About Summer Veggies Either!

Don’t think the rest of your farmers’ market haul has to end up in savory dishes. Just as sweet summer fruits are great in salads, savory main courses, sauces, and more, summer vegetables can be great in sweet applications. Get creative and turn your entire CSA box into dessert—try our Zucchini Bread recipe, our Zucchini Cupcakes recipe, or something less expected, like a sweet tomato sorbet recipe, sweet corn ice cream, or even fudgy eggplant brownies.

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Posie Harwood wrote the original version of this story in 2015. It has been updated with additional images, links, and text.

The BEST EASY Pie Recipes – Holiday Desserts No-Bake plus Bake Musts

Are you ready to up your pie dessert game SO hard this year? Pie is always a must for Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas parties, Easter and Mother’s Day Spring and Summer brunch dessert tables, 4th of July barbecues, summer potlucks, neighborhood block parties and birthdays. Totally a given for Father’s Day dinner. But really – when isn’t pie a welcome treat? I’d prefer Birthday Pie to predictable cake every single time. These recipes are going to make your mouth start watering and test your willpower.

I hope you are ready for the yummiest bake and no-bake versions around! We’ve gathered the most popular classics, All-American favorites, family recipes that have been handed down from generation to generation. PLUS, we stumbled upon some new, exciting flavor combinations you and your guests are going to love! Scooch on over, same ole boring cake. Let’s make a whole buncha room for a pretty and scrumptious PIE or three on the party menu!

Favorite EASY Pies Recipes – Holiday Desserts No-Bake + Bake Musts

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Make sure to click on the recipe link below each of these drool worthy photos to take you to the full recipe by these amazing foodies and authors:

“No fooling! This truly is the PERFECT Key Lime Pie. I dare you to try it and prove me wrong!!” The PERFECT Key Lime Pie Dessert Recipe and Tutorial | CLICK HERE for the full Recipe: Your Homebased Mom

With its light, refreshing lemon flavor, this easy no bake cheesecake dessert pie recipe is about to become your new family favorite spring and summertime treat. No Bake Lemon Oreo Crust Lemon Cheesecake Icebox Pie Easy Dessert – Dreaming in DIY

Perfect for your Thanksgiving and Christmas dessert table! Can I just say…WOW. And it’s SO much easier than you think. I was prepared for complicated instructions and a bagillion steps. I was willing to go through the anguish, because: PECAN PIE and CHEESECAKE. But, NOPE! It’s super easy and you don’t need any fancy culinary skills, you guys. Pinky swear. Pecan Pie Cheesecake Dessert Recipe | Dreaming in DIY

“This easy fresh strawberry pie with Homemade All Butter Crust is bursting with fresh strawberries. It’s a perfect spring treat!” Fresh Homemade Strawberry Pie Dessert Recipe via Sugar Apron

“This low carb Lemon Sour Cream Pie has a grain-free crust and a creamy keto filling. It’s a perfect healthy summertime dessert. THM, Banting, Atkins” Low Carb Lemon Sour Cream Pie Dessert Recipe | CLICK HERE for the full Recipe: All Day I Dream About Food

“no raw eggs in this one! This is by far the best french silk pie I’ve ever had! A favorite for sure and my mom agreed.” French Silk Pie (AKA Chocolate Lovers Dream Pie) Dessert Recipe | CLICK HERE for the full Recipe: Cooking Classy

“…homemade buttery crust packed with sweet juicy peaches and salted caramel sauce, topped with brown sugar cinnamon crumbs. Super easy, crowd-pleaser summer dessert.” Caramel Crumble Peach Pie Dessert Recipe | CLICK HERE for the full Recipe: OMG Chocolate Desserts

“This Pistachio Cream Pie is No Bake and so easy to make! It is AMAZING. ” No-Bake Pistachio Cream Pie Dessert Recipe | CLICK HERE for the full Recipe: The Recipe Critic

“This is truly the best apple pie recipe you’ll ever make! Loaded with fresh tart apples and topped with a sweet brown sugar crumble, this is one recipe that will be requested over and over!” The BEST Apple Crumb Pie Dessert Recipe | CLICK HERE for the full Recipe: Spend With Pennies

Favorite EASY Pies Recipes – Holiday Desserts No-Bake + Bake Musts

“…this is the EASIEST pie you’ll ever make and it tastes just like a cream puff! Everyone is always fighting for the last slice when I take it to parties!” Cream Puff Pie (aka Eclair Cake) Dessert Recipe | CLICK HERE for the full Recipe: Cooking Classy

“This is my favorite strawberry rhubarb pie because the sweet and tart filling stays nice and compact!” Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Homemade Dessert Recipe | CLICK HERE for the full Recipe: Sally’s Baking Addiction

“Only FIVE ingredients to make this frozen strawberry cheesecake ice cream pie with a buttery graham cracker crust and 2 ingredient strawberry cheesecake filling.” The Easiest No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream Pie Dessert Recipe | CLICK HERE for the full Recipe: Chelsea’s Messy Apron

“Move over Girl Scout Cookies! The flavor in this easy, giant cookie is 100% spot-on!! Hello year-round cookie season!!” Samoas Cookie Pie Dessert Recipe | CLICK HERE for the full Recipe: Averie Cooks

“… this recipe is from my great aunt and it is a family favorite! The lemon is sweet and tart and the pie is perfect lemon lovers!” Great Aunt Tootsie’s Lemon Meringue Pie Dessert Recipe | CLICK HERE for the full Recipe: Crazy for Crust

“… A delicious silky smooth chocolate mousse filling with a Oreo cookie crust and topped with sweetened whipped cream. This is truly a magnificent pie!” No Bake Chocolate Mousse Pie Easy Dessert Recipe | CLICK HERE for the full Recipe: Chef in Training

Favorite EASY Pies Recipes – Brunch Dessert No-Bake + Bake Musts

This “…is my FAVORITE Thanksgiving Pie, and it’s super easy to make with fresh or frozen raspberries, blueberries and blackberries.” Triple Berry Pie Dessert Recipe | CLICK HERE for the full Recipe: Tastes Better from Scratch

This yummy recipe “….is cool and creamy with a light pumpkin flavor and the spice of ginger snaps. It’s a fun alternative to the traditional pumpkin pie.” Pumpkin Silk Pie Dessert Recipe | CLICK HERE for the full Recipe: The Gunny Sack

“This recipe has won baking contests! It goes perfectly with my simple Wham Bam Pie Crust!” Homemade Southern Pecan Pie Dessert Recipe | CLICK HERE for the full Recipe: The Country Cook

“All of the classic flavors of Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies in a warm, dense, fudgy cookie pie! So good!” Toll House Chocolate Chip Pie Dessert Recipe | CLICK HERE for the full Recipe: A Family Feast

“Just like key lime pie, this creamy lemon and blueberry pie has a buttery graham cracker crust and a zesty (Meyer lemon) citrus cream filling, with the added bonus of plump blueberries. Top it with fresh whipped cream and you’ve got a delicious fruity dessert!” Creamy Lemon and Blueberry Pie Dessert Recipe | CLICK HERE for the full Recipe: Dessert Now, Dinner Later

“This 5 ingredient Cookie Butter frozen pie will rock your tastebuds and make you one happy camper! Plus it takes less than 15 minutes to make, and an hour to freeze.” No-Bake Cookie Butter Pie Dessert Recipe | CLICK HERE for the full Recipe: The Recipe Critic

“The most delicious pumpkin pie topped with a mountain of toasted brown sugar meringue.” Homemade Pumpkin Meringue Pie Dessert Recipe | CLICK HERE for the full Recipe: Dinner at the Zoo

“Here’s how to make a classic fresh cherry pie completely from scratch. Add a little sprinkle of toasted almonds to amp up the flavor!” Homemade Cherry Pie Dessert Recipe | CLICK HERE for the full Recipe: Sally’s Baking Addiction

Make sure to PIN THE IMAGE BELOW to easily find your way back for more YUMMY and EASY PIES RECIPES for your next party or special occasion! These are the perfect desserts for celebrations all year long!

Favorite EASY Pies Recipes – Brunch Dessert No-Bake + Bake Musts

While you are here and in the yummy dessert making mood – check out all of these scrumptious LEMON DESSERTS RECIPES you are going to LOVE! Lemon is our family favorite so we are always on the lookout for new ones to try. We’d LOVE it if you’d send us your family favorites! Just CLICK HERE or on the image below to see them all!

38 Frozen Pies That Will Keep You From Melting This Summer

Because it's just too hot for any other type of dessert.

Clear out your freezer! These no-bake icebox pies are coming in.

All of the ultimate summertime treats get rolled into one fabulous dessert in this lemon-raspberry icebox pie.

There's a very high likelihood that this melt-in-your-mouth brownie brittle grasshopper pie will be eaten in less than five minutes flat.

We never want to say goodbye to Girl Scout Cookies, but this Do-Si-Dos pie makes it a little easier to see them go out of season. Pop this pie into the freezer for a cool treat.

Just when we thought there wasn't anything else to do with a watermelon (kegs, bread, and shots), we saw this watermelon chiffon pie. Freeze this pie to make it even more refreshing.

Nothing says summer like pineapple, so give this Hawaiian icebox pie a shot. Not in the mood for macadamia nuts? Top it with graham cracker crumbs and crushed pineapple instead.

Feel like you're at the beach with a slice of of this tropical icebox pie.

This blueberry cheesecake ice cream pie calls for a homemade crust, but a store-bought graham cracker shell is an easy modification that will place this dessert in the 'no-bake' category.

Dulce de leche and chocolate stout have never looked better.

Serve up this coconut-lime "island breeze" icebox pie with a piña colada, because why not?

This oatmeal cream pie just gave us an excuse to have dessert for breakfast.

S'mores aren't just for campfires anymore! For added presentation value, lightly toast marshmallows in the oven before putting them on the pie.

Sweet and simple, this chocolate chip fluff pie also looks incredibly elegant. Serve it at your next dinner party and get ready for some serious praise.

This seven-layer ice cream pie is the perfect alternative to a standard birthday cake.

This berry delicious ice cream pie will have your friends begging for seconds.

The combination of peanut butter, cookie dough, and cheesecake is so good that it deserves its own pie.

Golden Oreos taste even better in this white chocolate pie. Drizzle some chocolate syrup on top for even more flavor.

The heavenly pairing of raspberries and cheesecake is even more amazing when frozen.

50 Pie Recipes

3 pounds mixed apples (such as Granny Smith, Gala and McIntosh)
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 disks dough for Basic Crust
1 large egg, beaten
Coarse sugar, for sprinkling

Peel and core the apples slice 1/4 inch thick. Toss with the granulated sugar and lemon juice. Heat 4 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the apples and cook, stirring, until tender, about 10 minutes. Stir in the flour, cinnamon and salt cook until thickened, 1 more minute. Let cool.

Roll out 1 disk of dough into a 12-inch round on a floured surface ease into a 9-inch pie plate. Add the apples, mounding them slightly in the center, and dot with the remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Roll out the remaining dough into a 12-inch round. Lay it over the filling press the edges of the crusts together, then fold the overhang under itself and crimp to seal. Brush with the beaten egg and sprinkle with coarse sugar. Cut a few slits in the top crust. Chill 1 hour.

Place a baking sheet on the lowest oven rack and preheat to 425 degrees F for 30 minutes. Place the pie on the hot baking sheet lower the temperature to 375 degrees F. Bake until golden, 1 hour to 1 hour, 10 minutes. (Cover the edges with foil if they brown too quickly.) Cool on a rack.


Photo by: Antonis Achilleos

2. Apple-Berry Make Apple Pie, adding 1 extra tablespoon flour and 1 teaspoon vanilla to the filling. Off the heat, stir in 1 cup mixed berries. Top with a lattice crust, brush with a beaten egg and sprinkle with coarse sugar.

3. Apple-Cheddar Make Apple Pie, adding 2/3 cup diced sharp cheddar to the cooled filling before baking.

4. Tart Apple Make Apple Pie with very thinly sliced Granny Smith apples toss with apple cider instead of lemon juice. Don't cook the filling. Omit the 4 tablespoons butter toss with 2 extra tablespoons flour, the cinnamon, salt and 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg.


Photo by: Antonis Achilleos

5. Apple Crumble Make Apple Pie, adding 1 extra tablespoon flour to the filling. Off the heat, add 1/2 cup sour cream and 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg. Omit the top crust. Mix 1/2 cup flour, 1 cup oats, 3/4 cup each chopped walnuts and brown sugar, 6 tablespoons melted butter and a pinch of salt. Drop in clumps over the filling.

6. Apple Strudel Make Apple Pie with grated peeled Golden Delicious apples. Don't cook the filling. Omit the 4 tablespoons butter toss the apples with the cinnamon, salt, 2 extra tablespoons flour and 1/2 cup raisins. Dot with 1 extra tablespoon butter.


Photo by: Antonis Achilleos

7. Apple-Pear-Ginger Make Apple Pie, replacing half of the apples with pears and using ground ginger instead of cinnamon. Cut the top crust into decorative shapes arrange on top of the filling. Brush with a beaten egg and sprinkle with coarse sugar.

8. Apple-Fig Combine 1 1/2 pounds sliced peeled apples, 1/2 pound each dried apples and figs, 1/8 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons lemon juice and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon in a food processor finely chop. Don't cook the filling. Assemble as for Apple Pie, dotting with 2 extra tablespoons butter. Bake 50 minutes.

9. Salted Caramel Apple Toss 3 pounds sliced peeled apples with 2 tablespoons lemon juice. Cook 2/3 cup sugar over medium-high heat until amber, about 10 minutes. Off the heat, stir in 1/2 stick butter and 1 tablespoon cream. Add the apples and cook until soft. Stir in 2 tablespoons flour let cool, then add 1/2 teaspoon sea salt. Assemble and bake as for Apple Pie.

10. Hazelnut-Apple Crumble Make Apple Pie, using chopped McIntosh and Cortland apples. Omit the top crust. Mix 1/2 cup flour, 1 cup oats, 3/4 cup each brown sugar and chopped hazelnuts, 6 tablespoons melted butter and a pinch of salt. Drop in clumps over the filling.

11. Pear-Cranberry Make Apple Pie, replacing the apples with pears and the lemon juice with orange juice. Cook the pears with 1/2 cup cranberries stir in 2 extra tablespoons flour and orange zest instead of cinnamon.

12. Pear-Chocolate Make Apple Pie, replacing the apples with pears. Add 1/3 cup chocolate chips to the cooled filling. Sprinkle the top crust with sliced almonds.

1 disk dough for Cream Cheese Crust
All-purpose flour, for dusting
1 15-ounce can pure pumpkin
1 cup evaporated milk
2/3 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

Roll out the dough into a 12-inch round on a lightly floured surface. Ease into a 9-inch pie plate fold the overhang under itself and crimp. Chill 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Prick the bottom of the crust with a fork. Line with foil, fill with dried beans and bake until the edges are golden, about 20 minutes. Remove the beans and foil and bake 10 more minutes. Cool on a rack.

Whisk the pumpkin, evaporated milk, sugar, eggs and spices in a bowl pour into the crust. Bake until the center is just barely set, about 1 hour. (Cover the edges with foil if they brown too quickly.) Cool on a rack.

14. Pumpkin-Orange Make Pumpkin Pie, replacing half of the sugar with honey, reducing the cinnamon to 3/4 teaspoon and adding 1 teaspoon orange zest.

15. Pumpkin-Sorghum Make Pumpkin Pie, replacing the sugar with 1/2 cup sorghum molasses and replacing the cinnamon and ginger with 3/4 teaspoon ground allspice.

16. Pumpkin Streusel Mix 2/3 cup flour, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 stick melted butter and 1/4 cup chopped walnuts. Make Pumpkin Pie sprinkle with the streusel mixture after 20 minutes of baking. Bake until set.

17. Pumpkin-Ricotta Make Pumpkin Pie, replacing the evaporated milk with ricotta cheese and omitting the ginger.

18. Pumpkin Brulee Make Pumpkin Pie cool. Just before serving, sprinkle generously with sugar and caramelize with a torch.

There is never a bad time for pie you can easily make this dessert fit whatever occasion you need it for since, with a good crust, you can fill it with whatever you want. From fruit pies to chocolate and pumpkin pies, this eCookbook is a great collection of amazing pie recipes. You are sure to find one that will be perfect for your party, dinner, or Tuesday night. All of these pie recipes are super easy, so you&rsquoll have more time to make dinner or enjoy company rather than worry about baking your dessert.

22 Easy Pie Recipes for Every Occasion is sure to become your go-to guide for pie-making recipes with its complete catalogue of delicious pie recipes. Filled with delicious and creative pies like the &ldquo&lsquoDuck Dynasty&rsquo Pie&rdquo (pg. 11) and the &ldquoNo-Bake Strawberry Kool-Aid Pie&rdquo (pg.28), you are sure to find a great dessert recipe for your friends and family to share and enjoy. Be sure to print out this great collection of easy pie recipes so that you&rsquoll always have it on hand when you need a pie.

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Secrets to making the best apple pie

Fall has finally arrived! What better way to ring in the new season than with a fresh, crisp, homemade apple pie? Here, we’re sharing tips on baking the perfect one.

Apple pie should never be short of anything other than fabulous. Growing up, my mom always took her pies very seriously, and it showed in the end result. The crust was flaky, the apples were crisp and each bite you took had you craving more. Since apple pies are relatively easy to mess up, we thought we’d share tips on making yours perfect. Whether you’re making one for Thanksgiving dinner or just craving one on a Sunday afternoon with family, don’t settle for anything but the best!

Keep the butter cold and don’t cut it too small

When thinking of the perfect pie, the first thing that comes to mind is a flaky, buttery, melt-in-your-mouth crust. To achieve this, keep the butter or margarine cold until it’s ready to use. Also, don’t be afraid to cut it into random-sized pieces instead of cutting it consistently. Together, these two tricks give the crust the much-desired flaky texture.

Choose the right apple

The crust and the apples will either make or break your pie. Since we’ve figured out the crust, it’s time to pick the best apple. Since tastes vary, there’s no “one” apple that works perfectly. Our two favorites are:

  • Golden Delicious: Both sweet and tart, golden delicious apples stay crisp when cooked. Make sure to buy the freshest ones and bake right away. If you wait too long, the end result will be mushy instead of crisp.
  • Granny Smith: Granny Smith apples will definitely provide the pie with the crispness you’re looking for along with a tart flavor. Balanced with cinnamon and sugar and a flaky, golden crust, and you’ve got one perfect pie.

Don’t go overboard with seasoning

While you certainly want your pie to have a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg, going overboard will reduce the apple flavor of the pie (and aren’t you making an apple pie?). Some recipes don’t even call for cinnamon or nutmeg and instead rely solely on brown sugar for sweetening. We recommend one teaspoon of cinnamon and nutmeg each at a maximum.

Precook the apples

This simple step will take your pie from good to great. Instead of throwing the raw apples into the pie and baking, precook your apples first. Baking them raw causes them to shrink, leaving your pie looking flat and less-than appealing. To precook, you can cook them in the microwave, stir them in a pan over the stove, steam them or bake them in the oven. Don&rsquot overcook &mdash you’re simply looking to soften the apples in preparation for the baking.

Let it cool completely

It’s tempting to want to dig in to the pie as soon as you take it out of the oven (very tempting!), but let it cool completely before diving in. If you don’t, the pie will be runny since it hasn’t had a chance to set yet. Chilled pie also allows you to taste more of the flavors than one fresh from the oven. Let it rest on the counter a few hours before eating. For best results, store the pie on the counter for up to two days and then in the refrigerator for two or three more days.

The Easiest (And Cutest) Fruit Pies for Summer

Try the classic trio of berries or go local and swap in a variety native to your region.

Make the filling: In a large bowl, toss 2 cups each raspberries and sliced strawberries, 1 cup blackberries, 3/4 cup granulated sugar, 1/4 cup cornstarch, 1 tablespoon lemon juice and 1/4 teaspoon salt.

Then: Pour filling into 9-inch pie plate lined with 1 store-bought or homemade piecrust, dot with 3 tablespoons butter, then add top crust crimp and bake at 400°F on rimmed baking sheet for 1 hour or until bubbling.

Crust: Make It or Fake It!
Our homemade crust recipe takes only 45 minutes to prep and chill &mdash and it freezes for months. But we've tried and loved these pies using store-bought crust, too (we recommend Pillsbury Refrigerated Pie Crust).

And if you wan to master that lattice top, we've got a helpful how-to.

Make dessert early so your pie cools completely (at least two hours at room temp) that way, when you slice into it, the filling won't run.

Make the filling: In a large bowl, toss 5 cups blueberries, 3/4 cup granulated sugar, 1/4 cup cornstarch, 1 tablespoon lemon juice and 1/4 teaspoon salt.

Then: Pour filling into 9-inch pie plate lined with 1 store-bought or homemade piecrust, dot with 3 tablespoons butter, then add top crust crimp and bake at 400°F on rimmed baking sheet for 1 hour or until bubbling.

Even ripe plums can be tart, so sample a slice first and add an extra spoonful of sugar to the filling if it's needed. Or serve your pie with scoops of ice cream on the side.

Make the filling: In a large bowl, toss 3 pounds red plums, pitted and sliced 3/4 cup granulated sugar 1/4 cup cornstarch 1 tablespoon lemon juice and 1/4 teaspoon salt.

Then: Pour filling into 9-inch pie plate lined with 1 store-bought or homemade piecrust, dot with 3 tablespoons butter, then add top crust crimp and bake at 400°F on rimmed baking sheet for 1 hour or until bubbling.

Love peaches but not their skins? Remove them in a flash: With a knife, make an "X" at the base of each peach. Add all to a pot of boiling water for 30 seconds, then transfer to a large bowl of ice water &mdash the skins will slip right off!

Make the filling: In a large bowl, toss 5 pounds peaches, peeled, pitted and sliced 3/4 granulated sugar 1/4 cup cornstarch 1 tablespoon lemon juice and 1/4 teaspoon salt.

Then: Pour filling into 9-inch pie plate lined with 1 store-bought or homemade piecrust, dot with 3 tablespoons butter, then add top crust crimp and bake at 400°F on rimmed baking sheet for 1 hour or until bubbling.

Pecans, almonds, walnuts, or a mixture of the three, plus a dash of whole wheat flour and ground ginger, form the crust for these sweet tartlets.

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