Banana Cream Pie
You won't be sorry that you took the time to make the pudding by hand—it blows boxed pudding away, there is simply no comparison. By some magic, the banana flavor infuses so perfectly into the filling that you can't tell where the bananas end and the pudding begins. There's no substitute for a crisp, flaky, all-butter pie crust to provide textural contrast to the creamy filling and topping.
Key Lime Pie
The rich filling is nicely contrasted by the sweet and salty graham cracker crust, and the whipped cream topping gives a simple, and beautiful presentation. You'll be happy you made the effort to juice and zest all those tiny key limes!
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Lemon Meringue Pie
This is a great recipe for a classic lemon meringue pie, with just a slight twist. Instead of a raw French meringue topping, it has one made of Swiss meringue instead.
Sweet Potato Pie
This recipe for sweet potato pie is designed to highlight the flavor of the sweet potatoes with modest amounts of brown sugar and spices. Save the really sweet stuff for the homemade marshmallow topping, which is stellar when bruleed directly before serving.
Classic Apple Pie
We've tried dozens of versions of crusts, apple types, and filling methods before coming up with this method and recipe for the perfect apple pie.
Mock Apple Pie
If you've bought Ritz crackers in the last seventy-five or so years, you may have noticed their famous "Mock Apple Pie" recipe on the back of the box. Born of the thrifty ingenuity of the 1930s, the pie grew in popularity during World War II when apples were expensive and in short supply. The trick to this pie is all in the flavoring. When you break up buttery Ritz crackers and cover them with lemon and vanilla flavored simple syrup, then sprinkle them with cinnamon, the resulting filling is quite similar in texture to a soft and tender apple pie.
Coconut Custard Pie
We wanted a custard that is smooth, eggy, and full of pure coconut flavor from coconut milk, not just an artificial imitation. We wanted sweetened flake coconut, slowly toasted in the oven until the sugar caramelized, whisked into the custard and liberally sprinkled over the top. We wanted real whipped cream, lightly sweetened with confectioners' sugar, and a crust so buttery, crisp and flaky, it could stand up to the filling without getting soggy. This recipe is the real deal.
Sour Cherry Pie
Sour cherries are practically inedible when taken raw and difficult to source outside a farmers' market. The sense of victory you feel once you've sought them out, combined with the satisfaction of (finally!) getting through the tedious job of pitting them makes the resulting pie all the more sweet.
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Blueberry Hand Pies
These tasty hand pies are truly portable—no cutting, no plate, no silverware necessary, and easy to pack as well.
Classic Pecan Pie
It's chock-full of pecans, and the light caramel custard filling sets up well, making it easy to slice and serve neatly. We love how the filling and the crispy, all-butter crust melt in the mouth, and the smell of toasted pecans permeate the kitchen.