14 Pies for Fall (A.K.A. Pie Season)

November  9, 2015

Pie holds a special place in our hearts all year long, but if there ever was a month for pies to shine, November would be it. We may have nearly three weeks to daydream about which ones will make it to the table on Thanksgiving, but that doesn't mean we can't do a few trial runs along the way. We think it's completely reasonable to practice on as many pies as possible—those apples aren't going to cook themselves into a warm, buttery crust, after all. Whether you stick with the classics or experiment with something new, grab a fork and dig in: It's time for pie.

Maida Heatter's Rum Pie by Food52

Rum pie

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Mixed Apple Pie with Hazelnut Crumb Crust and Maple Cream by chez_mere


Pumpkin Pie with Gingersnap Crust and Cinnamon Whipped Cream by Fresh Beats, Fresh Eats


Spiced Pear, Gorgonzola, and Walnut Pie by Beth Kirby | {local milk}


Milk Chocolate Nutmeg Tart with Hazelnut Crust by fiveandspice


Salted Caramel Chocolate Pecan Pie by Stacy Blair

Pecan pie


Truly Scrumptious Apple Pie by mrslarkin


Chocolate, Cajeta, and Salted Pecan Mud Pie by Carey Nershi


Artusi's Butternut Squash Pie (Torta di Zucca Gialla) by Emiko

Butternut squash


Masala Spiced Pear Pie by janeofmanytrade


Meta Given's Pumpkin Pie by Genius Recipes

More: This year, Thanksgiving dinner could include four (count 'em, four) pies. 


Shoofly Pie by thirschfeld


Cider Caramel Apple Pie by erinmcdowell



James Beard's Rich Pumpkin Pie by Food52

Pumpkin pie

What pies will you make this year? Tell us in the comments—and save us a slice, please!

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Stefanie S. November 10, 2015
Apple Cranberry with a crumb topping and Pecan for Thanksgiving, plus either pumpkin custard or sweet potato custard made with honey or sorghum for the non-sugar eaters
Sofia November 9, 2015
1) Apple-cranberry with a brown sugar streusal topping 2) Bittman's chocolate pecan 3)? still up in the air... maybe something in the citrus family, to please all comers.. I'd like to try a Shaker lemon pie but not sure I can get the lemons this time of year.
ChefJune November 9, 2015
It's not Thanksgiving or Christmas at Chez Julia without this Sweet Potato Pie on the table. https://food52.com/recipes/2089-sweet-potato-pie How could you have forgotten that one? ;)
AntoniaJames November 9, 2015
I'm making Mr T a pecan pie . . . probably the one I've made him since I was a new bride, a long, long time ago ( https://food52.com/recipes/2330-mr-t-s-pecan-pie ), although Alice Medrich's Chocolate Pecan Pie is pretty amazing. It's from her "Seriously Bitter Sweet," one of my favorite modern dessert cookbooks. The recipe is here: http://www.mercurynews.com/recipes/ci_24458165/recipe-chocolate-pecan-pie

And then I'll be making a non-dairy version of Hillary Pollak's Bourbon Pumpkin Pie, https://food52.com/recipes/31635-bourbon-pumpkin-pie , using coconut milk and homemade ginger snaps.

The mixed apple and masala pear pies linked above both look so enticing, however, that I'll probably make one of each of those for other desserts -- and those all-important pie breakfasts -- over the holiday weekend. I'll turn the pear one into a galette, however, because my family greatly prefers a high filling to crust ratio. ;o)
Allyn November 9, 2015
Salty honey pie from Joy the Baker (originally from Four and Twenty Blackbirds, I believe). I'm even making it for Thanksgiving this year because it's just so good.
Charlotte S. November 9, 2014
Yes, Nov is definitely the month for delicious pies! These are excellent!! Plus found some more really good apple, pumpkin and butterscotch and maple ones here.. http://entertaining.idailyinfo.com/?s=pie&submit=Go