Our Favorite Pies to Eat for Breakfast

You’re not really going to argue with us on this one, are you?

September  8, 2021
Photo by Bobbi Lin

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 13 reasons to have pie for breakfast. (Not like you really needed any.) 


1. Perfect Coconut Cream Pie

You put coconut in your granola and cream in your coffee, right? This breakfast pie is the same thing. Promise.

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Perfect Coconut Cream Pie

2. Plum Tart

It's like fruit salad. On top of an olive oil-almond crust. And it just so happens to be one of our reader’s all-time favorites.

Plum Tart

3. Raspberry Swamp Pie

The early bird gets the worm...or in this case, the best slice of raspberry custard pie. Make it during summer when raspberries are at their best and brightest (especially since this recipe calls for an entire pound of them!).

Raspberry Swamp Pie

4. Lazy Mary's Lemon Tart

Some people like to start their morning with a mug of hot water and a wedge of lemon. We get it. It soothes your throat, aids digestion, and is a calming way to start your day. However, we prefer a perkier, sweeter start to our day in the form of this simple Meyer lemon tart.

Lemon Tart

5. Martha Stewart's Slab Pie

It might be a stretch to call this slab pie a granola bar that you can take on the go, but it has all the fixings of a sweet breakfast, starting with the sour cherry filling and ending with Martha’s beloved buttery paté brisée crust. 

Martha Stewart's Slab Pie

6. Maple Walnut Cream Tart

You’d drizzle maple syrup on pancakes or waffles for breakfast, right? So why not use the sweetener to make this New England staple—maple whipped cream piled into mounds within a meringue crust and topped with candied walnuts.

Maple Walnut Cream Tart

7. Savory Plum Tart

This tart can double as lunch, if there are any leftovers. The savory edge comes from a little bit of fresh basil and balsamic vinegar, which is drizzled lightly atop a mascarpone cheese and plum filling. 

Savory Plum Tart

8. Cherry Almond Torte

Almonds are packed with protein, which means that this sour cherry torte is basically a protein bar. So you can have a few bites (or a full on slice) at dawn and then take the world by storm ’til dusk.

Cherry Almond Torte

9. Peach Tart

Really. How can you say no to this? When peaches are in season (June through August in most parts of the country), we feel that they should be embraced at every meal throughout the day but especially breakfast. 

Peach Tart

10. French Silk Pie with Chocolate-Coffee (Grounds) Crust

Skip your morning Starbucks run and eat a slice of this coffee-infused pie instead. There is no better way to wake up and start your day than with a luscious chocolate pudding swirled into a coffee-chocolate cookie crust. You know you want to! 

French Silk Pie

11. Quiche Lorraine With a Buckwheat Crust

If you’re here for the OG breakfast pie (aka a quiche), this classic version featuring bacon, shallots, and Swiss cheese should fit the bill. Using a combination of all-purpose flour and buckwheat flour in the crust adds an incredible nutty flavor and extra-flaky texture. 

Quiche Lorraine

12. Breakfast Casserole

We will not be referring to this as a casserole but rather by its true identity, which is a slab pie. That’s really all a casserole is after all, and now we have an excuse to eat pie for breakfast but in the form of a savory, stick-to-your-ribs, meat-and-potatoes kind of way.

Breakfast Casserole

13. Quiche,  Any Way You Want It

We didn’t necessarily save the best for last (though this is certainly quite a delicious recipe), but we did save the most realistic for last. A quiche is probably what you had in mind when you searched for breakfast pie recipes. If you’re not into the idea of eating Lemon Meringue Pie at 8 a.m., first of all, we probably can’t be friends. But second of all, I’ll throw you a bone and present a make-your-own quiche with whatever add-in ingredients that you please—roasted or sautéed veggies, pan-fried breakfast meat, and a melty cheese.

Best Quiche Recipe

Have you ever had pie for breakfast? Isn't it the best? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Liz S. September 8, 2021
Kind of funny ... I am not a huge fan of pumpkin pie for dessert, but I LOVE it for breakfast with a cup of strong (black) coffee ... whipped cream on the pie :) But, I also love any kind of quiche.
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! :)
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! ;)