Since the early days of our nation, America's families have ended supper with mouthwatering pies that celebrate their states' traditions and agricultural bounty. We searched bake shops and restaurants for the best regional recipes—from Pennsylvania's shoofly to Florida's key lime.
Don't ditch the lemon after baking the pie! Instead, garnish with remaining lemon zest.
This no-bake pie is a chocolate lover's delight.
Tools you'll need: Pie plate ($8, )
Relish restaurant in Roswell, GA, fries these individual pies, which call for dried peaches and peach nectar instead of fresh fruit.
Come Kentucky Derby time, revelers beat a path to Sweet Surrender Dessert Café in Lexington, KY, for its buttery take on the classic chocolate-pecan Derby Pie—a staple at any self-respecting Kentuckian's raceday celebration. "For a little extra kick, soak the pecans in bourbon the night before you bake the tartlets," advises owner Jessica Haskell.
According to folklore, the Delta's beloved chocolate pie was so named because its fudgy base resembles the muddy bottom of the Mississippi River. At Indianola, MS's popular Crown Restaurant, owners Tony and Evelyn Roughton offer a scrumptious version on their dessert bar. "I'll be honest," says Evelyn, "most people would be hard-pressed to pass it up."
The ginger-molasses crust is a surprisingly flavorful contrast to the zesty lemon.
Pecan pie originated in the South. Go straight to the source for this rich, buttery pie.
Introduced by Quaker homesteaders in the early 1800s, this humble Midwestern standard—made with heavy cream, flour, sugar, vanilla, and milk—never fails to satisfy the loyal patrons of Nick's Kitchen, a 102-year-old institution in downtown Huntington, IN.
Back in the late 18th century, enterprising Pennsylvania-Dutch cooks baked this rich molasses pie whenever fruit was in short supply. Today, the family-owned Bird-in-Hand Bakery in Lancaster County, PA, carries on the tradition, having served its own delicious version to fans for nearly 40 years.
A store-bought crust helps this custardy confection come together in minutes.
Give the Southern classic a boozy boost with a splash of bourbon.
Indulge in this pie, inspired by the winning pie at the 2006 North Carolina State Fair.
This winning pie from the Texas State Fair inspired us to make this treat.
Try our take on the winning pie at the 2011 Iowa State Fair.
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This lemon tart is an excellent alternative to typical Thanksgiving desserts.
This dessert is two in one: cobbler and pie at the same time!
After-dinner coffee just got a whole lot sweeter.
This unexpected flavor combo is so good, it will have your guests asking for seconds.
Sure, pecan pie is great on its own, but the addition of coconut and chocolate adds layers of delicious flavor.
This mixture combines two all-time pie favorites: the rich, gooey texture of a pecan pie, and the seductive sweetness of chocolate.
Take this year's pumpkin pie to the next level by adding sweet candied pecans.
Both the crust and pie can be made up to two days ahead of time, saving you from "day-of" stress in the kitchen.
When making this irresistibly tasty cheesecake-meets-pie, try this easy way to transfer the pastry dough from the countertop to the pie plate: Loosely roll half of pastry round over rolling pin, then center pin over pie plate and let dough roll off the pin onto the plate.
This skillet dessert will impress your guests with its hearty dose of banana flavor.
Looking for a classic dessert with a twist? Try out this decadent pecan pie recipe.
Plan ahead: This easy dough can be frozen for up to three months.
Six simple ingredients are all you need to create this holiday dessert.