There's really only one dessert I want to eat in the summer and I have to admit it's not ice cream—it's fruit pie. Fruit pies are genius. You take beautiful ripe summer fruit, which is often almost candy-sweet on its own, and bake it with a little extra sugar until it tastes like itself, but deeper, sweeter, and more concentrated in flavor. As if that's not enough, you package it in a flaky, buttery pie crust. And ok, the ice cream is great too, just put it on top.
There are 6 summer pies that I see as indispensable to a good summer. Read about them below.
My favorite pie and personal signifier of summer. Apart from the fact that they're delicious, the beauty of blueberry pies is that there is no coring or chopping needed; just wash and dry the fruit, toss it with some sugar, lemon juice, cornstarch, and sugar, and pour it into the pie crust.
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Mixed Berry Pie (Made with Fresh Berries)
The truth about summer fruit is that you never know what crop is going to be the best from year to year. That's where the mixed berry pie comes in and why it's a staple in my house. Blackberries tasting extra good? Let them lead the way, with blueberries, raspberries (and tayberries, marionberries, olallieberries...) making up the rest of the mix.
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To make the perfect peach pie, be sure to buy peaches at the peak of ripeness; the skin should easily bruise with the lightest amount of pressure. And while white peaches are great for eating out of hand, stick with yellow peaches for pie; they have a better balance of sweetness and acidity.
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Sweet Cherry Pie
While sweet red cherries are in season, making a classic cherry pie is a must-do activity. The most common varieties in the US are Rainier and Bing, but any sweet cherry can be used for making this pie. Just keep this tip in mind: choose cherries with a firm texture and shiny skin and avoid any that are bruised or decaying—those can lead to spoilage in the rest of your bag.
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Sour Cherry Pie
Sour cherries are difficult to find, especially outside a farmers' market, and you can't eat them raw, but man, do they make an awesome pie. Sour cherries are delicate so plan to use them right away or freeze them. Also skip the cherry pitter—a pairing knife will do a better job of keeping the cherries in tact.
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Peach and Plum Pie
You hardly see plain old plum pie but that doesn't mean that this late summer fruit should be overlooked. Simply pair them with another stone fruit like peaches (though ripe nectarines would work too) to give the pie some added sweetness.
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