13 Delicious Pies for Pi Day

lemon meringue pie
Photo: Jennifer Causey

March 14 is Pi Day, officially a celebration of the mathematical constant pi. But for us, it's also an excuse to bake up all kinds of pies, from coconut cream and salted caramel to lemon meringue. We'll also bake up a few savory pies, too, such as chicken pot pie and Irish Lamb Pies with Herbs. Read on for even more of our favorite recipes—and whichever you choose, make sure you save us a slice.

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Mountain Rose Apple Pie

Mountain Rose Apple Pie
© Con Poulos

Rebecca Masson of Houston's Fluff Bake Bar tops her dense and delicious apple pie with a thick layer of crisp, buttery crumble.

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Salted Caramel Pie

Salted Caramel Pie
Dana Gallagher

The filling for this pie is sweetened condensed milk sprinkled lightly with fleur de sel, which is baked until it's thick and gooey. It's then scraped into a simple graham cracker crust to chill and form the pie. Whipped cream and a final hit of fleur de sel finish the dessert off.

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Coconut Cream Pie

Coconut Cream Pie
© Christina Holmes

Every part of this fluffy pie from pastry chef Kierin Baldwin has coconut: the crust, the fillling, and the topping.

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Lemon Meringue Pie with Marcona Shortbread Crust

lemon meringue pie
Jennifer Causey

"I like lemon pie so much that I want even more of the bright, sunny lemon flavor to come through, so there's less sugar and more lemon juice in this filling than you'll find in most recipes," cookbook author and Food & Wine Cooks contributor Ann Taylor Pittman says. "It's assertively — but not aggressively — lemony, and is balanced by the fluffy meringue topping, which has the perfect sweetness and density to complement the tarter-than-usual filling."

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Tiramisu Icebox Pie

Whipped Mascarpone
Eric Wolfinger

Pastry chef Mathew Rice takes the familiar elements of a classic tiramisu — ladyfingers, coffee, and mascarpone — and reimagines them as an icebox pie. The dessert is full of playful textures and flavors, including a dense coffee mousse and salty-sweet coffee crunchies.

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Strawberry Slab Pie

Strawberry Slab Pie
© Andrew Purcell

Finely grated orange zest adds brightness to this slab pie from pastry chef Joanne Chang.

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Irish Lamb Pies with Herbs

Dingle Pies Recipe
Caitlin Bensel

These savory lamb pies are a specialty of the Dingle Peninsula in southwestern Ireland. Traditionally, the pastry crust was made with mutton fat; here, chef JP McMahon uses Irish butter and eggs to keep the crust tender, flaky, and sturdy.

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Peanut Butter–Chocolate Pie

Peanut Butter–Chocolate Pie
Antonis Achilleos

"With the smooth, nutty peanut butter filling, glistening ganache, and salty roasted peanuts on top, this pie evokes all the sweetness of a childhood memory, delivered in the form of an elegant, nuanced dessert that adults will want to savor," food writer and cookbook author Ben Mims says.

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Turmeric Custard Pie with Raspberries

Turmeric Custard Pie with Raspberries Recipe
Photo by Johnny Autry / Food and Prop Styling by Charlotte Autry

Tart raspberries add a sweet burst of flavor to this custardy pie. A pinch of black pepper adds a mild savory note, while turmeric tints the filling with its vibrant golden hue.

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Chicken Pot Pie with Leeks and Thyme

Chicken Pot Pie with Leeks and Thyme Recipe
Greg DuPree

This classic chicken pot pie comes together in just about an hour and uses only one skillet. Come for the patchwork of crispy, golden-brown puff pastry, and stay for the comforting, classic flavors of the filling. Leeks and thyme lend a cozy, traditional flavor to this dish, while Dijon mustard adds a subtle, unexpected punch.

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Lemony Sumac Pie with Ritz Cracker Crust

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Photo by Antonis Achilleos / Prop Styling by Christina Daley / Food Styling by Ali Ramee

Chef Paola Velez loves making crumb crusts for no-bake pies during the hot summer months. Here she uses Ritz cracker crumbs as a salty, buttery foil to a tart lemon and sumac curd filling. Sumac, a tart spice that adds floral aroma and pops of red color, backs up fresh lemon juice in this sweet and sour filling.

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Brandy Pecan Pie

Brandy Pecan Pie
Gerard + Belevender

A blend of turbinado sugar, maple syrup, and honey makes for a pecan pie with a well-rounded sweetness. A dash of apple brandy adds a faint caramel apple flavor and brightens the nutty toasted pecans.

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Banana Pudding Pie

Banana pudding pie
Photo by Will Dickey / Prop Styling by Christina Daley / Food Styling by Margaret Monroe Dickey

Cool, creamy, and nostalgic, banana pudding gets a gourmet upgrade thanks to buttery, roasted macadamia nuts in the classic vanilla wafer crust. This is no place for instant pudding—this pie gets a rich lift from an easy homemade pudding made from rich whole milk and egg yolks flecked with flavorful vanilla bean seeds. Two layers of sliced banana and a billowy crown of fresh whipped cream takes this make-ahead dessert over the top.

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