As a society, perhaps we should reconsider the ingrained philosophy that pie must only be consumed during November and December, with only a few recipes. Come January, pie seems to be forgotten in the bustle of New Year’s resolutions, the back-to-work grind, and our new high-intensity interval workout routines. Pie can be delicious year-round, and this week we want to challenge the conventional approach to pie satisfaction during the holiday season. A pumpkin pie is great, but what about a maple granola pie? Or a vegan rendition of a classic? Or the dark and decadent chocolate-ginger tart below? Let’s jump into the recipes so you can find some new inspiration for pie baking this month!
Dark Chocolate Ginger Tart (V + GF)
Photo Credit: Pure Wow
If we are talking about unconventional pies, we had to start with this dark chocolate ginger tart with a sweet pistachio crumble. When we think of holiday pies, we don’t always immediately think of chocolate. However, this pie is changing the game with its sweet, tart, nutty, and satisfying flavor profile! Oh, and not to mention this recipe is friendly for our vegan and gluten-free friends. The filling has the consistency of rich fudge, and come on, who doesn’t like fudge during the holidays? Try out this recipe this season.
Puff Pastry Apple Galette
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Just look at this photo! Is your mouth already watering? Hands down, the best part of this recipe is that it calls for store-bought dough, making it a quick and easy recipe! Using store-bought dough is especially great for same-day pie making or a kitchen with less helping hands. This recipe suggests granny smith apples, vanilla ice cream, and caramel sauce, but the options are endless by substituting different apples, ice cream flavors, and toppings. Add whipped cream, chocolate drizzle, or nuts for the perfect finale to a delicious meal.
Vegan Pumpkin Pie
Photo Credit: The Cookie Rookie
Unlike the apple galette, pumpkin pie is great to make a day or two in advance, as it nicely stores in the fridge just waiting to be devoured. The filling is made with almond milk, pumpkin puree, brown sugar, maple syrup, spices, and cornstarch to create a creamy and dairy-free pie filling that you won’t even guess is vegan! Your family will love this pie this season and will be digging into the fridge for leftovers for days after Thanksgiving.
Maple Granola Pecan Pie
Photo Credit: Woman’s Day
The most appetizing aspect of this unique pie is the homemade granola crumble. Oats, cinnamon, maple syrup, pecans, and coconut make up this deliciously nutty and toasted granola topping. Your family is going to fall in love with this crumbly goodness, which will pair perfectly with some French vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!
Dutch Apple Pie Tartlets
Photo Credit: Taste of Home
The kids (and the adults) are going to be obsessed with these Dutch apple pie tarts! And better yet, they are under 10 ingredients, including the tart shells. Fill the tart cups with apple and lemon curd mixture, top with your cinnamon sugar crumble, and you’re ready to bake. Making these can be a fun activity for the entire family and will be a great snack to munch on throughout the winter months.
Lemon Meringue Pie
Photo Credit: Bon Appetit
For those of y’all with a kitchen torch just waiting for some meringue to toast, this recipe is for you! A creamy lemon curd is layered under thick swirls of egg white meringue to make the perfect balance of creamy, zesty, and sweet. And as you can clearly tell, this pie makes for a visual presentation that will have everyone Instagramming their desserts. Try this recipe by Bon Appetit this winter!
We hope you found a recipe that inspired you to try something new this holiday season. Have a safe, delicious, and pie-filled Thanksgiving. Cheers!