When you think of homemade pie, what do you imagine? Pies or berries encased in a pie crust then baked? A dairy-filled no-bake frozen dessert that looks more like ice cream cake? A cookie crust topped with a fruity and creamy pastry cream? If it’s the latter, let us introduce you to the pie. Although technically still in the pie family, pies are best described as a pie-shaped filled pie crust. They also refer to pastries where the (usually savory) ingredients are baked on a flaky pastry – think pizza, but flaky and extra fancy. Both varieties are awesome, delicious, and best of all, super easy with a few cooking shortcuts. Check out our 30 pie recipes that will take you from breakfast to dessert for ideas, then grab a pie pan and get baking.
The best part of the pies? They’re usually MUCH easier to make than the average pie, thanks to the shortcuts, tricks, and natural decorative beauty of fresh produce. Even the most difficult of the group (perhaps our apple pie, but just because of slicing all those apples!) doesn’t involve making pie crust, cooling pie crust, rolling out pie crust…you know, all those steps keep you from baking pie? Instead, you make a simple dough (just flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon, and butter) and then press it into your pie pan. Top with fruit and bake – really, that’s it! Our Lemon Pie, Chocolate Pie, Fruit Pie, Strawberry Pie and more all have one of these pressed crusts, but you can also try replacing your favorite cookies or snacks with the crusts ( our lemon coconut pie with coconut in the graham cracker crust or our strawberry pretzel pie with pretzels for the base are both unbelievable).
Another great shortcut to homemade pies? Use puff pastry or store-bought croissants. Once you have one or the other, the topping options are truly endless and our recipes are endlessly adaptable. This is also where the savory toppings really shine. Simply unfold or unroll your store-bought option, top with your favorite ingredients (fruits, veggies, and cheese are all great), and bake! Check out our tarte tatin, croissant tart, caramel apple tart or tomato tart for ideas, then get creative with your toppings. Serve them for an upscale summer appetizer or as an accompaniment to a romantic outdoor picnic.
Want more inspiration for an easy dessert? Also try our ice cream cakes, no-bake desserts and quick and easy fruit desserts.