As far as summertime in America goes, it doesn’t get much more patriotic than pie.
This quintessential all-American treat beckons nostalgia with every bite, conjuring memories of baseball games, bare feet and catching fireflies in mason jars. Pie comes in many incarnations these days — in bars and milkshakes, gussied up with pretzel brownie crusts, booze, and salted-caramel-vanilla bean-caramel whatever. Perhaps the most overly ambitious variation has been the cherpumple — you remember, that awkward dessert with the major identity crisis, the cake/pie hybrid? It might sound like the best of both worlds, and we’re not pie prudes, but it’s actually a hot mess.
Glammed up pies are fine and dandy every so often, but sometimes less is more, and sometimes we just want pie. Unadulterated, old-fashioned, make-your-mama-proud pie like Mountain Fresh Peach Pie or Caramel Apple Pie ala FoodieCrush.
We’ve found 20 classic recipes to conquer your hankering for comforting goodness, and render you homesick for your childhood. Andie MacDowell’s adorable pie song from the ’96 film Michael says it all, “Me oh my, I love pie.” So put on your best apron and get rolling.
Stone Fruit Pies
Summertime and stone fruits are synonymous, and their communion with a flakey, buttery pie crust is a match made in heaven. The arrival of peaches has us all giddy, and cherries make us swoon, but we love e’m all.
Sour Cherry Pie from Lottie + Doof
Nectarine and Crème Fraîche Pie from The Bojon Gourmet
Peach Melba Pie from Taste and Tell
Apricot, Sweet Cherry and Plum Vanilla Spiced Pie from Eat the Love
Blackberry Peach Pie from Hummingbird High
Sweet Cherry Pie from Completely Delicious
Custard and Cream Pies
The only thing better than eating pie crust is eating a rich, fluffy filling inside the pie crust. A luxurious, creamy goodness, reminiscent of eating a cloud (if they weren’t just vapor of course). These are my favorite kinds of pie.
Coconut Cream Pie from Oh Sweet Day!
Lemon Chiffon Pie from Boulder Locavore
Chocolate Cream Pie with Swiss Meringue from SippitySup
Banana Pudding Cream Pie from Buttermilk Bakes
Raspberry Buttermilk Pie from A Cozy Kitchen
5 Ingredient Killer Key Lime Pie from M Bakes
Not much else says Americana like a heaping slice of warm apple pie. Hold the salted caramel, this pie is perfect as is — simple — just as our previous generations intended. As for these other oldies but goodies, they’re guaranteed to earn your grandmother’s seal of approval.
Apple Pie from Pastry Affair
Easy Blueberry Pie from She Wears Many Hats
Chocolate Chess Pie from Adventures in Cooking
Concord Grape Pie from The Messy Baker
Blueberry Slab Pie from Hoosier Homemade
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie from Sugar Hero
Lemon Meringue Pie from Simone’s Kitchen
Blackberry Raspberry Pie from The Little Red House
Written by FoodieCrush contributor Hayley Teater.
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