15 Beautiful Pies to Make This Summer

Blueberry-and-Nectarine Hand Pies
Photo: © John Kernick

No summer barbecue or picnic is complete without a pie—and if you're tired of your standby recipe, we have more than a few options to help you switch it up. There are fruity pies, of course, like blueberry-and-nectarine hand pies and cherry-berry pie, and then there are the creamy, indulgent recipes too, like lemon meringue and coconut cream. Check out some of our summer favorites below.

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Blueberry Pie with Rye Crust

Blueberry Pie with Rye Crust
© Con Poulos

This sensational blueberry pie has small circles cut out of the rye crust, which not only looks dramatic but also allows moisture to evaporate from the fruit filling as it cooks, deepening the flavor.

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Roasted Peach Pies with Cream

Roasted Peach Pies with Cream

"If I could put a perfect peach on a plate and serve it, I would," says Eric Moshier (an F&W Best New Chef 2000). His peach pie recipe is the next best thing: Roasted fruit, pastry and whipped cream are combined just before serving, to avoid any possibility of a soggy crust.

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Cherry-Berry Pie

Cherry-Berry Pie
© Tina Rupp

Raspberries, pitted sweet cherries, and blueberries come together in this colorful pie.

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Passion Fruit Ice Cream Pie with a Ginger Crust

Passion Fruit Ice Cream Pie with a Ginger Crust
Petrina Tinslay

This isn't the kind of ice cream pie you'd make for a kiddie birthday party. Instead of a plain cookie crust, Grace Parisi creates a crispy, chewy one with crumbled gingersnaps, dried pineapple and candied ginger. And instead of the usual caramel or chocolate sauce on top, she prepares a delectable mix of dulce de leche and passion fruit nectar from the supermarket.

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Key Lime Pie with Chocolate-Almond Crust

Key Lime Pie with Chocolate-Almond Crust
© JOHN KERNICK

This recipe elevates key lime pie with a riff on the crust, using chocolate graham cracker crumbs and finely ground almonds.

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Georgia Peach Pie

Georgia Peach Pie
Quentin Bacon

When you slice into this delicious pie, don't be surprised by the gap between the filling and the top crust. This happens when a pie is baked at high heat because the crust sets before the fruit in the filling has cooked down.

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Berry Ice Cream Pie

Berry Ice Cream Pie

This recipe turns out a berry ice cream pie that is as beautiful as it is deliciously refreshing.

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Lemon Ice Box Pie

Lemon Ice Box Pie
© Taunton Press

This silken frozen pie is adapted from Clancy's, one of David Guas's favorite New Orleans neighborhood restaurants.

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Lime Cream-Blackberry Pie

Lime Cream-Blackberry Pie

Frozen blackberries turn into a zippy jam for this pie's lime filling.

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Dulce de Leche Ice Cream Pie

Dulce de Leche Ice Cream Pie

If you don't want to make a caramel or fudge sauce, Nancy Silverton suggests using high-quality jarred ones like King's Cupboard cream caramel sauce and Scharffen Berger chocolate sauce.

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Yelapa-Style Banana Pie (Pay de Plátano de Yelapa)

Yelapa-Style Banana Pie
Victor Protasio

Yelapa, a tiny beach community about 45 minutes away from Puerto Vallarta via water taxi, is known for its tropical pies. This version from Javier Cabral and Paola Briseño González features caramelized bananas and vanilla custard. The sturdy crust is salted and shortbread-like because the pie has always been eaten while sunbathing, with no utensils around. Take big bites—it’ll taste better.

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Lemon Meringue Pie

Lemon Meringue Pie
David Malosh

A homemade version of creamy sweetened condensed milk gives the tart lemon custard in this pie an especially luscious texture and flavor. The billowy Italian meringue topping browns beautifully under the broiler if you don't have a torch on hand.

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Coconut Cream Pie

Coconut Cream Pie

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

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Honey-Flower Pie

Honey-Flower Pie
Christopher Testani

This pie, which combines honey and dried lavender in a silky filling, topped with crunchy sea salt, is best with a mild-tasting honey such as clover, which really lets the lavender shine.

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Blueberry-and-Nectarine Hand Pies

Blueberry-and-Nectarine Hand Pies
© John Kernick

Feel free to experiment with peaches, raspberries and other fruit here. These are ideally served once they've cooled a good bit but are still a little warm in the center.

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