9 Must-Have Tools for the Perfect Pie

So you’ve decided to make a pie?

Congratulations 👏🏼  you’ve accomplished step one and found your way here—the ultimate list of pie making tools.

9 Must-Have Tools for the Perfect Pie

Making pie is a process, but don’t be overwhelmed. In the end it’s really easy as long as you pay attention and follow directions.

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Easy Caramel Apple Galette

Have you ever had a galette? I find it best described as: a pie with a sun roof.

Caramel Apple Galette - Easy, rustic, delicious dessert | via Pies Before Guys

Get this…a galette is a low-maintenance, approachable dessert.

They’re basically a down-to-earth rustic version of a pie. The best part? You really can’t mess it up.

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The only skills needed are the ability to fold your pastry over the filling—and you end up with an elaborately impressive looking dessert. Continue reading “Easy Caramel Apple Galette”

Cheddar Sweet Corn Pie

If you haven’t noticed, I like to put *everything* in a pie pan. Especially things that aren’t conventional pie. (See: tater tots, dirt cup chocolate pudding, & thanksgiving leftovers). Cause honestly, rules were meant for breaking. Plus it’s 10x more fun to eat a pie.

Cheddar Sweet Corn Pie recipe | via Pies Before Guys

So today I bring you: cheesey corn pie. Essentially a corn casserole, but way more enjoyable because you get to eat it in pie slices. It’s full of cheese, has a little crunch, and a whole lot of deliciousness.

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Cold Brew Coffee Pie

Fellow caffeine lovers—today is a monumental day. Pour yourself a big cup cause it’s National Coffee Day. Not sure who made that designation…if it were me, I’d give coffee at least it’s own month. But nevertheless, as loyal coffee fans we can’t miss out on an opportunity to do what we do everyday celebrate coffee.

I’m taking it a step further today (surprise, surprise) and giving you this glorious cold brew coffee pie. Since you’re already drinking your morning cup, you might as well switch it up with an afternoon coffee cocktail too.

Cold Brew Coffee Pie recipe | via Pies Before Guys

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Toasted S’mores Pie

It’s the first full week of fall, and it definitely feels like it in Chicago. There’s the slightest chill in the air which has me dreaming of apple cider doughnuts and pumpkin picking.

Just because bonfire season is ending doesn’t mean we have to wait for s’mores until summer. Snuggle up with a cozy sweater and your kitchen torch, cause we’re about to eat s’mores pie all year long.

Toasted S'mores Pie recipe. Perfect for a cozy fall day | Pies Before Guys

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Dirt Cup Chocolate Pudding Pie | via Pies Before Guys

Dirt Cup Chocolate Pudding Pie

Dirt Cup Chocolate Pudding Pie | via Pies Before Guys

I’ve always been under the impression that no one buys gummy worms unless you’re 5 years old or your kid is 5 years old. Tbh I don’t know the last time I even had a gummy worm. But guys, they’re actually v delicious. So why am I back on the gummy worm train? Well…

Usually when I make a pie I try to force feed it all to my ultimate pie-tester (the boyfriend). However he seems to think a whole pie is too much for one person. What kind of ridiculous madness is that? Continue reading “Dirt Cup Chocolate Pudding Pie”

Caramelized Pineapple Cream Pie

It did not remotely feel like summer in Chicago this weekend. I woke up to a forecast of 44 and cloudy.

We can only hope summer will make an appearance by August.

Caramelized Pineapple Cream Pie recipe | via Pies Before Guys

So naturally in protest I channeled tropical weather vibes the best way I know how…pie.

Nothing says summer like pineapple, right?

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So sit back, grab your sunglasses, and pretend it’s 80 and sunny.

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Caramelized Pineapple Cream Pie recipe | via Pies Before Guys

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Caramelized Pineapple Cream Pie

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
6-8 tbsp melted butter
2 tbsp cold butter
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
4 oz cream cheese, softened
2 tbsp crushed pineapple, drained
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla

Directions

Make the crust: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a small bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs and melted butter. Mix until it is well blended and the consistency of sand. Add more butter if needed. Press into your pie pan and chill in the freezer for at least 15 minutes to help prevent crumbling when serving. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Allow crust to cool completely before filling.

Caramelize the pineapple: Core and peel your pineapple. Cut into 1-2 inch chunks. Heat butter in a large nonstick skillet over high heat. Coat pineapple chunks with sugar and place in hot pan. Cook, turning once and shaking pan often, until golden brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove pineapple and add to the bottom layer of your prepared graham cracker crust. Stir 3 tablespoons water into the pan, and heat briefly. Drizzle the caramel mixture over the pineapple layer.

Make the pineapple filling: Beat the softened cream cheese and butter together until combined. Reduce mixer speed and add powdered sugar slowly until well combined. Beat on high speed for one minute. Add a two heaping tablespoons of the drained pineapple and stir in. Spread this cream cheese and pineapple mixture over your caramelized pineapple base.

Make the whipped cream: In a medium mixing bowl, beat whipping cream at high speed. Gradually add sugar and vanilla. Beat until stiff peaks form. Spread whipped cream over the filling and garnish with a few more slices of pineapple.

Refrigerate for 30 minutes (or freeze for 15 minutes) before serving for cleaner cut slices. Pairs perfectly with this Pineapple Mule for a tropical day. You’ll already have the pineapple, might as well put it to good use 😉

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Caramelized Pineapple Cream Pie recipe | via Pies Before Guys

Southwest Chicken Pot Pie

It’s been gloomy and rainy all weekend in Chicago. The kind of weather that makes me want to do absolutely nothing. Do you think Spring will ever make an appearance? Saw this yesterday and it’s almost too accurate…

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Thanks for nothing, Spring.

Since I’m pretty sure we’ll never get out of winter, we might as well solely eat comfort food.

Southwestern Chicken Pot Pie recipe | via Pies Before Guys

On the bright side, there’s no need for a beach body if it’s winter forever. And with that mentality in mind, I bring you: Southwestern Chicken Pot Pie. It’s your favorite pot pie with an extra kick.

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Don’t get me wrong, I love a classic chicken pot pie. But sometimes you just want cheesy, spicy goodness. Continue reading “Southwest Chicken Pot Pie”