It’s still very much summer in Arizona and still very hot. And, while pie may not be the first dessert most people associate with scorching weather, there are variations of this sweet treat that can be incredibly refreshing. In my endeavor to find the most summery pie recipes, I appealed to chefs, bakers and dessert enthusiasts across the nation. From simple key lime and strawberry pie recipes to brilliant no-bake beauties, these seven summertime pies are sensational for sharing — or, keeping all to yourself after a sweltering day’s work.
There’s something like the combination of sweet and tangy that says summer, especially when a lime’s involved. Not only is this no-bake key lime recipe easy as pie to make, it calls for sugar substitute Purecane™ for both its crust and filling (so you can eat 10 times more of it in one serving, right?).
“This Sugar-free No Bake Key Lime Pie will keep you and your kitchen cool (and stomachs full) all summer long!” — Kerstin Durden, Assistant Brand Marketing Manager for Purecane
Alex Mastin, founder and CEO of Home Grounds came across a cold brew coffee pie recipe he couldn’t resist. By mixing a box of vanilla pudding, any flavor of cold brew coffee and milk and pouring the concoction into a pie crust, this chilled delight promises to perk up any hot and snoozy afternoon.
“In this type of weather, the last thing you want to drink is a hot cup of coffee. But what if you still want that caffeine fix? This recipe will help you enjoy your favorite beverage while still beating the heat.” — Alex Mastin, founder and CEO of Home Grounds
An easy strawberry pie recipe that only takes 20 minutes to make? Sign me up, please! The brainchild of Brooklyn Farm Girl Pamela Reed, this strawberry pie really is as simple to craft as possible — simply add strawberries, crust, sugar, cornstarch and water — and wa-la, you have a slice of summer’s sweet berry goodness!
“Feeling the heat in Arizona? Cool off with this recipe that calls for one quart of strawberries and other basic kitchen ingredients. The only thing you need to bake is the pie crust and then just chill the pie. It’s that easy!” — Pamela Reed, founder of Brooklyn Farm Girl
Why include only one favorite seasonal fruit when you could marry two? That’s exactly what Amy Sandidge of A Red Spatula decided to do when creating her nectarine and blackberry pie recipe. This lattice-topped pie blends two distinct flavors to make for one seamlessly satiating summer dessert.
“Arizonans: top this pie with some ice cream for a refreshing treat on a hot summer’s day.” — Amy Sandidge, founder of A Red Spatula
Lemon lovers can find a zesty, light recipe for lemon meringue pie in Lisa Steel’s “The Fresh Eggs Daily Cookbook.” As Steele explains, “part of the beauty of this recipe is that you use both parts of the egg: the yolks are used in the filling, while the whites are used in the meringue topping.”
“The sweet citrus in this pie is the perfect cool dessert for a hot Arizona evening.” — Lisa Steele, author of The Fresh Eggs Daily Cookbook
Originating from across the pond, the Banoffee pie is an English dessert that includes dulce de leche, bananas, and whipped cream. Chilled to perfection, Taleen Benson’s version of the Banoffee pie is a crowd pleaser and tastebud teaser for any summer situation.”
“Beat the triple-digit Arizona heat waves with this irresistible Banoffee Ice Cream Pie! The recipe is so quick and easy to make, and you won’t even have to turn on your oven.” — Taleen Benson, founder of Just as Tasty
Another irresistible fruit duo, that’s also gluten-free? That’s the pie for me — and for anyone else who might have a gluten sensitivity. Touches of vanilla, lemon and cinnamon add to the already flavorful powerhouse produced by blueberries and peaches in this summertime dessert. In addition to this gluten-free specialty, check out other Wholly Wholesome pie recipe offerings.
“This refreshing pie has the best of sweet and tangy to finish off a toasty Arizona day.” — the team at Wholly Wholesome @whollywholesome