Easy As Pie

Photography By Alfredo Añez | Last Updated January 22, 2017
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It’s time for this humble comfort food to make a comeback. Few desserts showcase seasonal fruits as lovingly as pie. At its best, pie brings together buttery, flaky crust and sweet, juicy filling in each bite. The basic fruit pie formula – ripe fruit barely enhanced, perhaps, by a hint of spice or a squeeze of lemon – varies only slightly, so once you’ve mastered the technique, improvise with other fruits. These recipes highlight seasonal Florida favorites. Roll up your sleeves, get out your rolling pin and pick out a pie to make today.

Fun Pie Facts

National Pie Day is Jan. 23. Pi Day is March 14. (Any excuse to make and/or eat pie!)

Yes, there is an American Pie Council. You can find recipes, pie festivals and information about the National Pie Championships for amateurs and professionals, held this year May 5-6 in Orlando.

Key Lime Pie was adopted in 2006 as the official pie of Florida.

In the 19th century, fruit pies commonly eaten as breakfast food.

Pate Brisee

This classic pastry recipe comes together quickly in a food processor. Use the best quality butter you can find for best results. Use store-bought mix only as a last resort; there’s nothing...

Florida Blueberry Pie

A few varieties of blueberries grow in South Florida, but commercial farms are located farther north, especially in the central and northeast part of the state. Look for Florida blueberries in mid-...

Florida Strawberry Tart

Winter is strawberry season in South Florida. Find local berries at Homestead and Redland farmstands – Knaus Berry Farm is a good source for different varieties, such as Festival and Florida...

Florida Pecan Tart

Local honey and grated orange add dimension to this popular dessert. In Florida, commercial pecan farms are located in north Florida and south to Orlando. Toasting nuts before using enhances their...
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