Summer cooking is all about flavorful and easy-to-make food — and when it comes to dessert, there’s no better choice than pie. Whether you’re filling a flaky, buttery crust with layers of tart lemon curd and sweet, fluffy meringue or making a rich and creamy chocolate pie in a graham cracker crust, the flavors of summer really come through in freshly baked pie. Though pie sometimes has a reputation for being difficult to make, there are lots of seasonal pie recipes that are easy to whip up, making them perfect for any picnic, party, or cookout.s’mores pie — no campfire needed.
Once you’ve settled on the flavors for your summer pies, make baking easier with a few tricks. Try using a store-bought pie crust (rather than making your own) or stick to pies that use graham crackers (or another crushed cookie or cracker) as the base of a quick, no-bake crust. As a general rule, you can combine 1 ½ cups of crushed graham crackers, wafer cookies, crackers, or pretzels with ¼ cup of sugar and ⅓ cup of melted butter for a quick crust. Just mix the ingredients until they resemble damp sand and then press the mixture into the bottom of a pie plate. Refrigerate the crust for 30 minutes before filling it.
Looking for a few delicious and easy-to-make pie recipes to rely on this summer? Here are 10 of our favorites.
Banana Cream Pie
This deliciously creamy pie uses a store-bought graham cracker crust, premade whipped topping, and an instant pudding mix for the ultimate easy-to-make pie.
Making the filling for cherry pie from scratch is easier than you think; just cook pitted cherries over medium heat for a few minutes and then add sugar, cornstarch, and vanilla and continue cooking until thickened. This pie is so good no one will guess it was that easy!
Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.