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There’s nothing better than filling your tummy with a warm, decadent pie after you’ve already reached the expansion limits of your stomach! HAHA!
When I was a kid growing up, I always saved room for dessert. I mean, if I’m being honest, that was the best part of the meal besides my dad’s ham and my mom’s egg noodles. However, as I’ve gotten older, moved away and found myself hosting the holidays many times, I have often not eaten dessert because my stomach simply cannot expand anymore.
There’s something about taking all day (sometimes more than one day) preparing all of the food for the feast (which of course takes precisely 4.36 minutes to eat! Lol and 10 hours of dishwashing!) When I prepare the holiday meal, I not only make things that I know I will like, but I always make sure I eat all of them! Why else would I have spent all day making it?
Unfortunately, that means the dessert is not the course I save the most room for anymore (growing up stinks! Haha). Even though, I always try to make a homemade pie to finish out our meal, I don’t always get to enjoy it the day of.
This year, as I prepare to host, feed and house 15 people, I’m making sure that I save room for dessert! I think I’m going to need it!
I’ve gathered all of my favorite homemade pie recipes and put them here in one place so they are easy to access. Some of the photos are not “the best” but…that doesn’t mean they don’t taste amazing! So, look past the photos and give one or two of these pies a try this year! You’ll thank me, I promise!
Let’s Talk Pie Crust
Before we dive into the various pie recipes I have to share with you, let’s take a moment and talk about pie crust. Because a pie crust can make or break a pie in my opinion.
Store-bought pie crust has truly come along way and actually tastes really amazing! I often times use the pre-made crust when I’m in a time crunch and don’t have enough time to make homemade pie crust.
Let’s go over some of the reasons I love store-bought pie crust:
- it’s already made! (duh!)
- it’s very easy to work with – you can cut out shapes and make designs easily
- it’s thin – part of the problem with making homemade pie crust is that you have to roll it out thin enough to not be like a loaf of bread on top of your pie. This definitely takes practice and patience!
Let’s go over some of the reasons I love homemade pie crust:
- the extra flakey buttery crust
- you can roll the dough as thin or as thick as you like
- you know all of the ingredients and can modify to organic, etc if you prefer
- it just tastes better, plain and simple
Let’s Dive Into The Pie Recipes!
Click each recipe name to get the recipe!
My Favorite Pie Crust Recipe: Julia Child’s Pastry Dough
Looking for the best homemade pie crust recipe? Julia Child’s pastry dough recipe is the best for homemade pies, turnovers and flaky pizza crust!
This is the recipe I use every time I make homemade pie crust. It’s perfection!
Decadent, rich and flavorful nutty pecan pie with a delightful accent of bourbon and caramel! Serve with vanilla bean ice cream and a warm cup of coffee!
This is the best dump and mix pie recipe ever! It’s so easy to make and is so so so flavorful!
The most delicious apple pie that isn’t overly sweet and has a hidden surprise of raisins inside!
Use up those end of summer freshly ripened purple plums in a richly flavorful homemade pie. Slice plums and coat with sugar. Place pie filling in a homemade pie crust and enjoy!
Tis the season for pie making! Grab a bag of fresh plums and make this pie in a matter of minutes!
A twist on a traditional pie crust pie. This is a easy pie to make with bananas, sweet and condensed milk and graham crackers! It’s a delicious dessert peppered with grated chocolate!
A four ingredient pie! Fresh blackberries coated with flour and sugar dumped into a pie crust!
A delicious, buttery tart filled with cream cheese and fresh fruit.