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The 12 Months of Pies

In my opinion cakes are too sweet, cookies are a snack that should be enjoyed any time of day, and ice cream is only the best during summer. This means, I tend to skip out on dessert… a lot. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. One of the most underrated and often forgotten desserts (except for Thanksgiving or Pi day) is pie!

The possibilities of pie are endless. From apples to zucchinis, you can basically make a pie out of anything, although you might not want to take it that far. Pie is delicious any time of year with seasonal recipes great for any occasion. Still don’t believe me? Let me break it down:

The 12 Months of Pies

January:

Welcome to the New Year! By this point, most people are pretty partied out after the holidays. No one wants to think about cookies or cakes since they just spent the whole month slaving away over their seasonal creations. But how can you have anyone over for dinner and not have dessert? Pie, that’s how. January is the heart of winter, so you want something a little heavier than a light fruit pie. That’s why January is the perfect month for a coconut custard pie, the perfect balance of comfort with a refreshing coconut taste.

coconut custard pie

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February:

Love is in the air, but really the scent of pie should be. Regardless of how you feel about Valentine’s Day, it’s always nice to have to have something to celebrate. Don’t be so predictable, skip out on the cake and try out a nice chocolate cream pie. Whip cream, chocolate, and a nice light crust. It’s the perfect end to a great dinner.

chocolate cream pie

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March:

Spring has finally arrived and you can feel it in the air. March is the month of the Irish! Top off your Saint Patrick’s Day celebration with a delicious Key Lime Pine! The green color of this pie makes it a delicious and festive alternative to all those lesser desserts covered in green icing and sprinkles.

key lime pie

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April:

Flowers are blooming, the grass is greening, so why not treat yourself to something light and sweet? An apricot pie is a great addition to any meal, bonus points if you enjoy it outside in the beautiful spring weather!

apricot pie

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May:

It’s time to kickoff summer by opening up the beaches and to celebrate summer with a barbecue. Bring something new to the table this year and late May is a prime time for strawberries! Why not treat your friends and family to a delicious strawberry rhubarb pie.

strawberry rhubarb pie

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June:

Summer is beginning and so is the best season for fruit! There’s no better way to celebrate summer than with a refreshing blueberry pie! June is the prime time for the blueberry harvest, so get them while they are the most delicious.

blueberry pie

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July:

Independence Day is here and so are the barbecues and pool parties! It’s hot out, sometimes REALLY hot- you don’t want eat anything heavy and rich. You want something light and sweet. Cakes need to take up refrigerator space that you are not going to use. Pies are tough, they can handle the heat and last throughout the party. Peach Pies are the perfect dessert to serve at a hot July barbeque.

peach pie

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August:

Summer might be winding down, but that doesn’t mean the heat is. Get the most out of the end of the summer fruit season with a delicious plum pie. It’s the perfect time of year for plums, and you’ll miss this pie all winter long.

plum pie

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September:

Celebrate the first day of school with your family and a beautiful cherry pie! It’s a little healthier than most cakes and it’s delicious too. The perfect way to avoid the crash of a sugar high that might interfere with your kid’s homework time!

cherry pie

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October:

October is all about the Halloween parties, which means endless amounts of candy and sweets. If you are looking for a change, bring an apple pie to the party! It’s a timeless classic and a great change from everything covered in icing and candy corn.

Apple pie

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November:

Thanksgiving is one of the only holidays that fully respects the greatness of the pie. Pumpkin pie is a staple of the Thanksgiving meal, and I can’t thank the pilgrims enough.

Pumpkin pie
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December:

The holidays are a month of non-stop shopping lists, baking lists, and to-do lists. Every family has their own traditions and recipes passed down from generation to generation. But instead of spending 10 hours in the kitchen creating magazine worthy cookies, why not bake a picturesque pecan pie? It’s delicious and way easier. Not to mention, you no longer run the risk of showing up to the party with the same dessert everyone else brought.

Pecan Pie

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So here’s to hoping that this year is full of a lot more pie. Together we can give this underrated dessert, the respect it deserves.

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