I love pie. Pie is the best.
It is superior to cake and cupcakes, and most cookies, and that is my opinion.
You can fight me on it if you want, but if you would really rather have cake, I’m going to assume you just haven’t had a really delicious slice of pie in your life.
If you feel the same way, then you’re going to want to drag all of your baking implements back out and give these 6 old-fashioned pie recipes a shot yourself!
6. Shoofly Pie
This recipe, which features molasses as the main ingredient, comes courtesy of the Pennsylvania Dutch. There are two types: a “dry bottom,” which is sort of like gingerbread, and a “wet bottom,” which is more like custard.
Alton Brown has a highly rated shoofly pie recipe you can try – the name comes, people think, from the fact that the cooling molasses drew flies that had to be shooed away.
5. Buttermilk Chess Pie
You only need a few basic ingredients to craft this “desperation pie” – flour, sugar, eggs, and butter – but combined in the right quantities, it’s still sort of magic.
You can customize it to your liking with cocoa, lemons, pecans, or another of your favorite fruits.
4. Flapper Pie
With a graham cracker crust, a custard filling, and a meringue topping, this “Canadian prairie pie” is hard to hate.
Here’s a recipe from a real life Canadian grandmother, Irene Hrechuk.
3. Mincemeat Pie
My grandfather loved this pie and I could never quite bring myself to try it. 13th century crusaders returned from the Holy Land with cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg in tow, and though at first they used the spices to preserve meat, they quickly realized the flavor combinations were winners.
If you don’t want to put actual meat in your pie, chef Ruth Reichl has a recipe for you.
2. Huckleberry Pie
It can be tough to find huckleberries if you don’t live in the wilds of the Northwest, but if you can, the unique, tart fruit make a beautiful pie.
Greg Patent shared this recipe, and the reasons he thinks they’re some of the best baking berries around.
1. Sugar Cream Pie
This is the official pie of the Hoosier State, and again, comes to use from the Amish who settled the area in the 1800s.
You’ll need heavy cream, milk, and sugar to make it work, and if you want to step it up a notch, mess with your ratios of brown to white sugar, or top the pie with cinnamon.
I’m definitely going to try some of these, y’all.
Which is the first one you’ll attempt? Tell me in the comments!