With an often distressing news cycle currently dominated by coronavirus, it’s a nice change of pace to see a state-by-state breakdown that details data of a much sweeter sort. Specifically, Google has once more released a map depicting the most uniquely searched pie in each state, just in time for Pi Day on March 14:
Clearly, it’s strawberry rhubarb pie’s year (and fruit’s time to shine in general)! Or maybe people are just really ready for springtime to start. Also, there is a distinct Sweet Potato Pie Belt in the south.
Here’s an alphabetical rundown of the most uniquely searched pie in each state, with more details to follow:
- Alabama: Sweet Potato Pie
- Alaska: Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
- Arizona: Lemon Pie
- Arkansas: Buttermilk Pie
- California: Boysenberry Pie
Colorado: Peach Pie
- Connecticut: Ricotta Pie
- Delaware: Tomato Pie
- Washington, D.C.: Apple Crumble Pie
Florida: Sour Orange Pie
- Georgia: Sweet Potato Pie
- Hawaii: Hula Pie
- Idaho: Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
- Illinois: French Silk Pie
- Indiana: Peanut Butter Pie
- Iowa: Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
- Kansas: French Silk Pie
- Kentucky: Peanut Butter Pie
- Louisiana: Sweet Potato Pie
Maine: Apple Pie
- Maryland: Crab Pie
- Massachusetts: Ricotta Pie
- Michigan: Dutch Apple Pie
- Minnesota: Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
- Mississippi: Sweet Potato Pie
- Missouri: Blackberry Pie
- Montana: Apple Pie
- Nebraska: French Silk Pie
- Nevada: Candy Cane Pie
- New Hampshire: Apple Pie
- New Jersey: Apple Crumb Pie
- New Mexico: Millionaire Pie
- New York: Apple Crumb Pie
- North Carolina: Sweet Potato Pie
- North Dakota: Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
- Ohio: Peanut Butter Pie
- Oklahoma: Buttermilk Pie
- Oregon: Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
- Pennsylvania: Tomato Pie
- Rhode Island: Ricotta Pie
- South Carolina: Sweet Potato Pie
- South Dakota: Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
- Tennessee: Buttermilk Pie
- Texas: Buttermilk Pie
- Utah: Razzleberry Pie
- Vermont: Apple Pie
- Virginia: Coconut Pie
- Washington: Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
- West Virginia: Peanut Butter Pie
- Wisconsin: Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
- Wyoming: Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
And while there are some intriguing newcomers this year—razzleberry, sour orange, and candy cane pies—most of the names on this list feel decidedly staid. Not that an old-fashioned pie is a lesser pie, but sweet potato and apple simply aren’t that exciting. (Millionaire pie sounds alluring, but it already made the list last year, though in 2019 it was representing Texas, not New Mexico.)
Also of note: 11 states show a preference for the same pie two years running (with a few other states only slightly switching it up, like Arizona ditching the extra work of 2019’s Lemon Meringue Pie for straight-up Lemon Pie in 2020).
But enough analytics—what you really want to know is how to make these for yourself (or maybe where to buy one ready-made). So, here are recipes for every pie on the list, plus some gourmet store-bought options you can order online:
Tops in 10 states, and anyone can see why: This is a gorgeous, sweet-tart pie with a ruby red filling that highlights the first precious jewels of spring produce (which you may need to wait a few more weeks for). Our version has a tender sour cream crust to make it even better. Get our Strawberry Rhubarb Pie recipe.
Little Pie Company Strawberry Rhubarb Pie, $65 on Goldbelly
Or order a pretty lattice-topped version online.
While sweet potato pie only made the list thanks to North Carolina last year, it swept six states in 2020—and it’s an all-time classic that’s too good to save just for Thanksgiving. Plus, it’s made from ingredients you’re pretty likely to have in your pantry already. Get our Sweet Potato Pie recipe.
Another deeply old-fashioned offering, plain-old “apple pie” was the most-searched in four states (another went Dutch, and a few used a “crumb” or “crumble” qualifier, but we’ll get to those in a bit). When you want a tried-and-true American dessert contained in a crust, this is what you’re baking. Get our Apple Pie recipe.
The Elegant Farmer World Famous Brown Bag Apple Pie, $49.95 on Goldbelly
This unique variation is baked in a paper bag for a perfect crust.
Buttermilk pie appears four times on the 2020 list (versus five times last year), but if you haven’t spent time in the South, you might not have tried it yet. If that’s the case, you should; it’s a simple, sweet, creamy, satisfying dessert, and takes well to a splash of bourbon if you like. Get the Buttermilk Pie recipe. (Or try our Buttermilk Lemon Chess Pie recipe.)
Clearly, allegiances to peanut butter pie run deep: It remained the most uniquely searched pie in all four states where it earned the same distinction last year. And who among us could quit it? Since it pairs so famously well with chocolate, opt for our Peanut Butter Chocolate Pie recipe.
Call it what you like, but these are all essentially the same thing: a single-crust apple pie with a crumble or streusel topping instead of a lattice or other top crust. Our Our Dutch Apple Pie recipe sports a top layer of rolled oats, walnuts, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, butter, and flour.
Emporium Pies The Lord of the Pies Deep Dish Apple Pie, $99 on Goldbelly
Or try this version from a Dallas bakery.
Italian ricotta pie was the most-searched option in Massachusetts last year, and Connecticut and Rhode Island are riding their northern neighbor’s coattails in 2020. This feels perfect for early spring if you haven’t settled on an Easter dessert yet. The filling of sweetened whipped ricotta and eggs is flavored with lemon zest, cinnamon, and a little shot of liquor (try grappa if you’ve got it). Get the Ricotta Pie recipe.
Mike's Pastry Ricotta Pie, $18 on Goldbelly
Fitting that this mail order option hails from Massachusetts.
This perennial favorite features a no-bake filling of rich, creamy chocolate mousse and a thick layer of whipped cream on top. It often appears in a classic pastry pie shell, but a press-in chocolate cookie crust is much easier and just as delicious. Get our French Silk Pie recipe.
Finally, some sweet relief from sugar for savory pie fans. This is a simple and delicious dish with a filing of fresh chopped tomatoes and plenty of cheese (pus herbs, onions, and mayo for binding it all together). Get our Tomato Pie recipe.
Lemon pie comes in many guises, but one of the most enduring—and most impressive—has to be the version crowned with a billow of toasted meringue. So even though Google only logged “lemon pie” this year, we’re showing off our Lemon Meringue Pie recipe anyway.
Not one of the most often name-checked berries, boysenberries are nonetheless delicious when you can find them. Keep your eyes peeled and make this classic fruity pie sometime this summer if you get lucky. Get the Boysenberry Pie recipe.
Speaking of summer, is there any more iconic emblem of the season’s sweets than golden peach pie? We’ll gladly take it in any form, but our Pecan Streusel Peach Pie recipe is a particular fave.
Key lime pie is so last year, apparently. Another Florida specialty, sour orange pie is similarly tart and creamy, and its bright hue and citrus flavor will brighten up any winter evening—even if you have to swap in a mixture of regular fresh orange and lemon juice. Get the Sour Orange Pie recipe.
You might expect Hawaii’s most uniquely searched pie to feature coconut—and last year it did, in the form of haupia pie, but this year was macadamia’s time to shine. Hula pie was invented at a restaurant called Kimo’s but it’s simple to make at home—at least, if you can find macadamia nut ice cream. If not, make some yourself, then pile it up in an Oreo crust and top it off with chocolate fudge sauce, fresh whipped cream, and more mac nuts. Get the Hula Pie recipe.
The second and last savory pie on this year’s list (and the lone seafood option, since Louisiana’s crawfish pie did not retain its spot in 2020), this Maryland specialty features the state’s famed blue crab. Ideally, not much else would go into the mix, but despite my extreme misgivings as a former Baltimorean, this cheesy Crab Pie recipe has solid ratings if you want to try it at home.
The Can Cleve Seafood Co. Chesapeake Blue Crab Pie, $69 on Goldbelly
Or try this rendition made in Virginia (which is still on the Chesapeake Bay, so close enough to Maryland to count).
A bit of an odd pie out, but only because who is thinking about candy canes once Christmas is over? Otherwise, no quarrel with this minty, no-bake pie with a rich cream cheese filling and chocolate cookie crust. Get the Candy Cane Pie recipe.
Texas was interested in this no-bake option last year, but in 2020, it’s popular in New Mexico. No relation to millionaire’s shortbread with its chocolate and caramel, this pie features a graham cracker crust packed with a creamy condensed milk filling studded with crushed pineapple, chopped cherries, and pecans. Get the Millionaire Pie recipe.
Finally, a pie with pizzazz—actually, this is pretty standard stuff, but how can you not love that name? And the combination of raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries is a totally respectable trio, too. Get the Razzleberry Pie recipe.
Closing things out, the most uniquely searched pie in Virginia this year: coconut pie (eclipsing 2019’s butterscotch pie in the state). Can’t be too mad about that, but if a classic Coconut Pie seems a bit too boring in comparison, try our Banana Coconut Cream Pie recipe.