Two things are true about summer. One, heat and humidity are not the friends of a lot of fussing with rolling pins and blasting ovens. And two, the hot-weather months, with their piles of berries and stone fruit, are peak pie pie time. These 9 recipes aren’t so effortless that you’ll be back by the pool in 20 minutes, but neither will they make you have to spend a sweaty afternoon dusted with flour.
1. Peach Pie with Pecan Streusel
The pecan streusel topping saves you form having to roll out a top crust (not to mention that it’s just plan delicious). Get our Peach Pie with Pecan Streusel recipe.
2. Chocolate Mousse Pie
Rich, silken-textured, sweet, and cool—the perfect low-stress, high-return pie for that summer dinner party. Get our Chocolate Mousse Pie recipe.
3. Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie with Sour Cream Crust
You’ll have to roll a double crust, but the sour cream in the dough makes it less fussy to work with than a standard crust. The tart-sweet filling is picnic perfection. Get our Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie with Sour Cream Crust recipe.
4. Peach Melba Pie
Vanilla-scented fresh peaches and raspberries bake in the easiest of no-roll, press-in crusts, topped with oatmeal–brown sugar streusel. Get our Peach Melba Pie recipe.
5. Banoconut Pie
You may not be able to pronounce it without tripping up (same with us), but no matter: this tropically delicious banana and coconut cream pie will transport you to the beach (unless you’re actually on a beach). Get our Banoconut Pie recipe.
6. Blackberry Chiffon Pie
Smashed fresh blackberries are cooked with sugar and lime, then folded into beaten egg whites and gelatin to form a superlight chiffon filling. With an easy vanilla-wafer crust and whipped cream top, it’s about as chill as a pie can get. Get our Blackberry Chiffon Pie recipe.
7. Espresso Mud Pie
An easy chocolate-wafer crust, the richest of chocolate ganache fillings, espresso gelato, and silky whipped cream—it all adds up the a seriously sophisticated summer dinner-party pie! Get our Espresso Mud Pie recipe.
8. Chocolate Raspberry Cream Pie
A press-in graham cracker crust makes this easy, while the raspberry-tinted whipped cream filling, under a fresh raspberry pavement, makes it delicious. Get our Chocolate Raspberry Cream Pie recipe.
9. Rustic Blueberry Tart
Technically not a pie, but the low-stress fold-over crust method (and the fact that you don’t even need a pie plate) makes this fresh berry charmer irresistible. Get our Rustic Blueberry Tart recipe.