Our Favorite Summer Pies

Berries, peaches, citrus, even tomatoes

Is there anything better than a pie? It's probably the most versatile food group, and there's nothing we don't want surrounded in pie crust. If you've got tons of summer fruit, like peaches or blueberries, a pie is the perfect way to enjoy them. And if you prefer to go the savory route, try a crawfish pie. Whether it's a huge hunk of sweet fruit-filled pie, or a slice of savory, flaky tomato pie, here are our very favorite pie recipes.

Cherry Gateau Basque

Cherry Gateau Basque
The signature dessert of the region, gâteau basque is made by sandwiching a layer of jam or sweet pastry cream between two shortbread-like rounds. Cherry preserves are a classic filling—choosing a good-quality jam makes all the difference—and the dough itself resembles a cookie dough, with additional eggs lending a cakier texture. It can also be baked in a 9-inch fluted tart pan with a removable bottom; just be sure to grease the sides with butter before assembling. Get the recipe for Cherry Gateau Basque »Beth Galton

Classic French Banana Cream Pie

Classic French Banana Cream Pie
This nearly forgotten recipe comes to us from the beloved Ships Diner in Los Angeles that closed in 1995. The whipped cream filling doesn't require any cooking—no custard here—while some slices of banana and toasted almond add texture and flavor. A fast, easy-to-make pie from a bygone era that deserves a comeback. Get the recipe for Classic French Banana Cream Pie »Wes Frazer

Blackberry-Plum Lattice Pie

Blackberry-Plum Lattice Pie
If working with extremely ripe and juicy fruit, you might need a bit more cornstarch to adequately thicken the filling of this pie—add up to 2 additional tablespoons. The same recipe and technique can be used with just about any summer fruit. Try a combination of berries, peaches, apricots, or black cherries; you can also add flavorings, such as a teaspoon of almond extract, or liqueur. Get the recipe for Blackberry-Plum Lattice Pie »Matt Taylor-Gross

Summer Peach Pie

Peach Pie
Bourbon, cinnamon, and nutmeg add warmth to this bright summer peach pie. Get the recipe for Summer Peach Pie »Farideh Sadeghin

Black and Blue Berry Pie

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Chef Chris Fischer uses tapioca in the filling of this pie because it thickens the juicy berry mixture without imparting its own flavor or becoming gummy. Minute tapioca pearls are easy to find in grocery stores, but if you like, substitute an equal amount of cornstarch. Get the recipe for Black and Blue Berry Pie »Elizabeth Cecil

Blackberry Cream Pie with Toasted Oat and Sesame Crumb Crust

Blackberry Cream Pie with Toasted Oat and Sesame Crumb Crust
This recipe works just as well with strawberries, peaches, cherries, or whatever is in peak season. It's also a great way to use fruit that is just beyond its usability, whether bruised or overly ripe. Get the recipe for Blackberry Cream Pie with Toasted Oat and Sesame Crumb Crust »Farideh Sadeghin

Shaker Lemon Pie

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Shakers, descendants of an 18th-century Christian ascetic movement, believe that when you eat, you should "shaker your plate"—finish every last crumb. That's easy to do when you're having a slice of this sweet-tart, sunny pie—a specialty of the Ohio branch of the Shaker community—with its flaky, buttery crust and marmalade-like citrus filling. Get the recipe for Shaker Lemon Pie »Andre Baranowski

Santa Claus Melon Tart

Santa Claus Melon Tart
This unusual Santa Claus melon tart makes for the perfect summer dessert. A bright melon curd fills an almond crust, topped with fresh slices of the fruit. Get the recipe for Santa Claus Melon Tart »Matt Taylor-Gross

Southern Tomato Pie

Southern Tomato Pie
A savory pie bursting with tomato flavor and a touch of cheese. If you have access to two different colors of tomatoes, combine them here—one for the roasted portion and another for the fresh. It's a nice visual touch. Get the recipe for Southern Tomato Pie »Tim Robison

Chocolate Chess Pie with Cornbread Crumble

Chocolate Chess Pie with Cornbread Crumble
Chef Scott Crawford of the forthcoming Nash Tavern in Raleigh updates the simple Southern custard pie by adding cacao nibs to the butter crust and sprinkling a nutty cornbread crumble on top. Get the recipe for Chocolate Chess Pie with Cornbread Crumble »Joseph De Leo

Crawfish Pie

Crawfish Pie
To make this Louisiana classic, a savory filling of crawfish, aromatics, and tomatoes is baked in a flaky pastry dough. Get the recipe for Crawfish Pie »Helen Rosner

Plum Pie

Plum Pie
Grape jelly intensifies the flavor of ripe plums in this sweet-tart summer pie from Drummond Ranch pie contestant Tracy Harris. Get the recipe for Plum Pie »James Roper

Boysenberry Pie

Boysenberry Pie
Blackberries or raspberries can be substituted for boysenberries in the filling for this jammy pie. Get the recipe for Boysenberry Pie »James Roper

Temple-Orange Tart

Temple-Orange Tart
Every part of the orange is used in this subtly sweet tart, including the zest, juice, and flesh. If temple oranges are not available, navel oranges or tangerines make excellent substitutions. Get the recipe for Temple-Orange Tart »Andre Baranowski

Blackberry Pie

Blackberry Pie
The blackberry filling for this pie is flavored with lemon and nutmeg. Get the recipe for Blackberry Pie »Nicole Franzen

French Lemon Tart

Lemon Tart
The crust for this simple, jammy lemon tart is very flaky. If you have dough left over after rolling out the shell, use it to make a crisscross pattern over the top. Get the recipe for French Lemon Tart »Farideh Sadeghin

Labneh Tart

Labneh Tart
Labneh, a thick strained yogurt, is the base for the filling in a vanilla-spiked tart. Get the recipe for Labneh Tart »Andre Baranowski