12 Summer Pies for Your Fourth of July Weekend


It’s summertime and that means I stop eating normal food (like vegetables or meat or grains) and subsist almost entirely on pies. In fact, I make a pie about once a week during the summer months and basically I couldn’t be happier.

Hopefully you’re being a true American and heading to a barbecue or similar event tomorrow to celebrate America (USA! USA! USA! USA!). If you want to bring something, may I please suggest a pie? First of all, pies are super easy to make. You can buy the crust pre-made, or if you want to be a snob like me, you can spend less than 30 minutes throwing together a homemade crust. Second, they’re crazy impressive looking and the complicated lattice topping is simple if you follow this tutorial. Third, fuck you pies are incredible stop making me rationalize loving pie.

Here are 12 recipes for delicious and beautiful summer pies. If you need me, I’ll be making as many of these as I can with my long weekend.

Photo: Bon Appetit

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    • Tania

      I love banana cream pie, but I can’t lie – I think using a pudding mix is cheating. If you aren’t running the risk of curdling your eggs if you don’t temper them properly, you aren’t living life right.

      • Julia Sonenshein

        I tend to agree! I wanted to have an option for the non-purists out there.

    • Sean

      Ooo! Ooo! My partner makes a wonderful pear pie. It’s made the same way as an apple pie, but you sliver pears for the filling instead. The neat part, is if you add ground ginger, it tastes like pears, but if you add cinnamon, it tastes like apples. A crumble top, plus french vanilla ice cream, and man, that is a GREAT dessert.

      • Julia Sonenshein