With the weather growing colder and wholesome moments with friends or family, pies are one of the best things to make for sharing. From an old-fashioned apple pie to a pumpkin pie, the Fall is definitely the season for baking pies! Even though we all have the trusted recipes we can fall back upon, try experimenting this year with different variations of your favorite Fall pies. Here are some ways you can spice up your pies this Fall season.
There are many different ways to get a fresh take on an American classic apple pie. However, this salted caramel apple pie has to be one of our favorites. What makes this recipe so special is the salted caramel because we have all been guilty of making out desserts too overly sweet. The salt creates the most amazing balance as it fights the sweetness of the caramel and the slight sourness of the apples. You can share this delicious treat especially with the people in your life who do not have a sweet tooth.
As you transition from the Summer into the Fall, take advantage of the last of the peach season by jazzing up these beautiful fruits with some brown sugar and vanilla. This brown sugar peach pie is to die for especially since the brown sugar will help the peaches caramelize beautifully and has cinnamon and vanilla, which adds the perfect amount of spices to balance the sweetness and sourness of a classic peach pie.
Pecan pie is known as one of the classic Thanksgiving pies and many of you might wonder why mess with a true classic. However, the bittersweetness of this chocolate pecan pie creates a flavor profile that adds depth to a traditionally overly sweet pie. On top of all this, the bourbon gives the original pecan pie a more grown-up twist, guaranteed to bring joy to the adults as much as the children would love the sugar.
For those of you who love pumpkin spiced desserts, make sure to try making these pumpkin whoopie pies. This recipe is tailor-made for those who enjoy the crust of a pie as much as the filling in itself. Whoopie pies are a great avenue to go down especially if you are going to be in a situation that encourages finger foods and you still want them to enjoy a taste of fall through dessert. The assembly of these pies can also be a fun activity to do with your children and the whole family!
Pears are often so easily forgotten during the season of apple pies but in reality, they have the same texture as apples and can hold their own in a pie. This bourbon pear crumble pie provides an exciting break from apples. It has a beautiful pie crust, filled with soft but firm pears spiced with cardamom and nutmeg, and topped with a sweet pecan studded crumble. Guaranteed to turn heads at your next gathering, introduce this new flavor profile and create a new pie trend this Fall!
If you absolutely must have a Fall gathering with an apple pie, give this hot buttered rum apple pie a try this season. Make sure you pick out apples more on the firm side so that they do not turn into a soft and mushy mess when baked in the oven. The apples within this pie are marinated with booze, butter, sugar, and spices. This combination creates a depth of flavor you absolutely must try!
Meet the eccentric and vibrant version of the classic sweet potato pie, which is paired with a gingersnap crust and best served with maple whipped cream and pecan streusel. This purple sweet potato pie is not only the perfect comfort food but an amazing option for the more health-conscious cook. The slow roasting of purple sweet potatoes brings out their natural sweetness while the spices in the gingersnap crust will surprise your tastebuds. Guaranteed to be a showstopper at your next gathering!
If you are looking to experiment with flavors that are still traditional, yet exciting this Fall season, try making this apple and blackberry pie. This pie still holds true to the good old-fashioned traditional pie but by adding another fruit, this combination creates a more complex and exciting flavor profile. The blackberries will also add a pop of color to the traditionally brown-toned apple pie. Keep in mind this recipe is best served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
The Fall is known to be pumpkin spice season, from lattes to cakes to pies, but after so much, the same old pumpkin pies can get kind of boring. This pumpkin pie has some very exciting twists to it! Starting with a speculoos cookie crust instead of a traditional pie crust and a beautiful creme fraiche swirl which created a beautiful ornamental look to the top. The filling of this pie also happens to be more creamy than the classic pumpkin pie because it asks you to mix the puree with condensed milk. Guaranteed to satisfy even the most intense of pumpkin spice obsessions!
At a glance, this chocolate espresso cream pie might look like overkill because of the rich chocolate ganache under the mocha pudding. However, the lightness of the whipped cream topping creates a perfectly indulgent bite for all coffee and chocolate lovers. Providing a twist on a classic chocolate cream pie, the coffee in this recipe is the perfect ending to an amazing meal!
11. Maple Apple Pie
Even better than a traditional apple pie, this maple apple pie is a perfect marriage between American and Canadian flavors. It calls for the apples to be roasted in maple sugar before putting it into the crust to bake. This creates a very unique depth of flavor especially since the caramelization of the apples will create a perfect contrast with the sourness of the apple and the spices the filling needs.
This special rendition of a pecan pie from the New York Times originated in 1983 from Paul Prudhomme, the chef who put Louisianna on the culinary landscape of America. The combination of a traditional pecan pie with the spices of a traditional pumpkin pie creates interesting new flavors. Guaranteed to please any sweet tooth, this pie may be reserved only for those who love sugar as much as Willy Wonka because of its sweetness.
13. Smores Fudge Pie
A combination of two of our favorite sweets, chocolate cream pie, and campfire smores, this smores fudge pie will definitely take you back to your childhood. The chocolatey fudge filling of this pie is surrounded by a crunchy graham cracker crust and topped with fluffy marshmallows. With a nostalgic and sentimental flavor profile, this pie will bring a nostalgic smile to adults and a sugary high to children.
Everything in this pie is literal heaven, from the lightly-spiced graham cracker crust to the cheesecake and pumpkin double filling. This layered cheesecake and pumpkin pie will look and taste like you spent half of your day in the kitchen, even though it is deceivingly simple. You can make this pie a couple of hours or a day before you are planning to serve it and store it in the fridge because it does require chilling time.
Just like the peach pie featured earlier, this strawberry and rhubarb pie is the perfect thing to bake in the transition between Summer and Fall. This recipe uses vodka in the dough as a foolproof way to hydrate the flour and develop gluten, which makes the pie dough pliable and a tender crust when baked in the oven. The combination of strawberries and rhubarb is unique and will confuse many tastebuds but creates a perfect balance between sweetness and sourness. Present this pie to the culinary enthusiasts in your life!
So, which of these 15 spin-offs of classic pies are you going to try this Fall? Comment below!
Hi! My name is Grace Kadiman and I am a journalism student with a concentration in cross-cultural media. My passions lie in the art of storytelling through the use of different mediums including writing, photography, design, and videography. Growing up in Indonesia, one of the most diverse archipelagos in the world, sparked my passion for getting to know people who are different from me. It has pushed me to understand other individuals, the driving factors behind their identity, and a desire to re-humanize humanity. It is a shame when we live in a world so beautifully connected and instead of striving for comprehension we categorize one another and make assumptions. Some of my loves in life, other than my family and friends, include baking, caffeine, sweets, and binge-worthy TV shows!