9 Reasons You Should Eat Pie for Breakfast

July 16, 2013

In a season when there's too much good produce for our arms to carry, when our refrigerators and counters and all available places in our kitchens are overflowing with plums and cherries and peaches and berries, why does pie -- pie, with its endless variations, its willingness to be filled with anything delicious -- need to be relegated to dessert? Here are 8 reasons to have pie for breakfast. (Not like you really needed any.)

Perfect Coconut Cream Pie by em-i-lis

Perfect Coconut Cream Pie from Food52

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You put coconut in your granola, right? Same thing. 


Plum Tart by amanda

Plum Tart from Food52

It's like fruit salad. On top of an olive oil-almond crust. 


Raspberry Swamp Pie by amanda 

Raspberry Swamp Pie

It's like putting cream in your coffee. But instead of coffee, it's pie.


Lazy Mary's Lemon Tart by dymnyno

Lazy Mary's Lemon Tart from Food52

The only thing better than throwing an entire lemon into the blender is eating that lemon in tart form. For breakfast.


Martha Stewart's Slab Pie by Genius Recipes

Slab Pie from Food52

It's basically a granola bar.


Maple Walnut Cream Tart by cheese1227

Maple Walnut Cream Tart

It looks just like Greek yogurt!


Savory Plum Tart by JackieK

Savory Plum Tart

This can double as lunch, if there are any leftovers.


Cherry Almond Torte by Rivka

Cherry ALmond Torte

Almonds = protein.


Peach Tart by amanda 

Peach tart


Really. How can you say no to this? 

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Melissa C. September 10, 2014
The very first thing I thought on seeing this was, "Dad is great ... gives us the chocolate cake!" To my mind, pie has always been the breakfast of champions. Each Thanksgiving, I make an extra apple pie SPECIFICALLY so I can have it for breakfast the next day. :)
john H. July 3, 2014
After all eat your pie first as we are living in uncertain times...... Kiyack ..
Foodiewithalife July 24, 2013
I don't need any convincing to eat pie for breakfast! Although these pictures did the trick...

Judith R. July 22, 2013
Yikes, and I was just about to make someone else's Coconut pie recipe on Wednesday. Whew, saved again by Food52!
em-i-lis July 21, 2013
How am I so late in seeing this great article? Thanks so much, Brette, for for it and for featuring my Coconut Cream Pie. It absolutely makes for an amazing dessert, as do Amanda's plum and peach tarts. And the others? Well, they're all on my to-make list now! Fantastic!
As a random aside but in additional homage to the love o' pie, when my husband and I got married nearly ten years ago, he vetoed groom's cake and instead requested a table of groom's pies. All nine were gone within minutes! :)
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Brette W. July 22, 2013
I would do the same exact thing! Pie > cake.
em-i-lis July 22, 2013
uh, meant "breakfast" up there...not dessert. ;)
Auburn M. July 23, 2013
I posted about your coconut cream pie recently myself. It is perfection em-i-lis, thank you. Particularly loved the tip on making sweetened coconut - that's usually the thing that stops me from making coconut cream pie. Now there's no end to things I think should be topped with toasted coconut, lol.
em-i-lis July 23, 2013
I can't thank you enough for your lovely note, AMF1. I am absolutely thrilled you liked the pie, and I agree with you about toasted coconut. I put it in my almond joy ice cream too! aaaaah! :)
SaucyCuisine July 21, 2013
I've already made several slab pies, Fourth of July, a giant 9x12 home baked cherry pop tart. So good.
Brian D. July 21, 2013
The day before I read this I had strawberry pie for breakfast . I must be ahead of my time.
XHILOGIRL July 21, 2013
I can now come out of the closet for my breakfast preferences! :)
Camary July 21, 2013
Really like this website. Enjoy all the comments made by Amanda.
Luvtocook July 21, 2013
Fantastic webpage! Definitely a keeper!
Amy K. July 21, 2013
This is the most delightful story about food I've seen in ages. I read every adorable and clever photo caption to my mom and we both enjoyed it. Thanks for putting out such a top-quality, gorgeous treat for those of us who love food. Amy Kull/San Francisco
Lynn C. July 17, 2013
I love how this turned from 8 to 9 reasons. I can give you 100!
ChefJune July 17, 2013
Cute article, great idea. Why not, indeed!
Lenora July 17, 2013
because pie is the best food on earth.
Jocelyn G. July 16, 2013
Eight of the best rationalizations I have ever read. Hilarious (and useful!).
scott.finkelstein.5 July 16, 2013
To foreigners, a Yankee is an American.
To Americans, a Yankee is a Northerner.
To Northerners, a Yankee is an Easterner.
To Easterners, a Yankee is a New Englander.
To New Englanders, a Yankee is a Vermonter.
And in Vermont, a Yankee is somebody who eats pie for breakfast.
Marian B. July 17, 2013
I love this!
tamater S. July 21, 2013
I can believe it. When I went through Vermont in 1969, they were putting strawberry jam on their steaks! I've been wondering for a long time now - do they still do that?!
Great post, Scott.
ohyoucook July 16, 2013
Rationalization & breakfast -- perfect together.
_lotus July 16, 2013
You're terrible, I loathe you all. *stares at pie* *drools*
Becca @. July 16, 2013
I like your way of thinking! ;)