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
Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.