9 To-Die-For Pies the Whole Family Will Love

by Rachael Ray Show Staff 2:31 PM, January 21, 2016


Aired January 21, 2016

What could be more American than pie? It’s hard to imagine what other dessert could compete! We’ve compiled nine of our absolute favorite pie recipes, all of which would be an excellent finale to a special meal!

No. 1: Skillet Apple Pie

This deliciously old-fashioned apple pie cooks up in a cast-iron skillet! Christopher pre-cooks the apple mixture on the stove top briefly, then tops with a pie crust and bakes. How simple!

No. 2: Yigit Pura’s Banana Chocolate Mud Pie

This pie is a little complicated but totally worth it, we promise! With a rich dark chocolate mousse spooned over flambéed caramelized bananas, you will want to eat this pie to infinity. (Sorry -- we couldn't resist a pi pun).

No. 3: Clodagh McKenna's Mince Pies

First off, mince meat pies don’t actually feature meat. Clodagh McKenna (known as the “Irish Rachael Ray”) makes a traditional filling of dried fruits, nuts, brandy, apple, orange and spices for her pie filling, then cooks it in small little pie crusts. She tops her pies with adorable little pastry stars and finishes with a shower of powdered sugar – how fun!

No. 4: Grant’s Gluten-Free Apple Pie

These days, many people are avoiding gluten, so this is the perfect addition to any menu. The crust is made with a cupboard staple – gluten-free oats! Grant makes his own oat flour in the food processor, then makes a crust that he presses into the dish. He fills the crust with apple pie filling, and then tops it with a crumble topping. So yummy!

No. 5: Zooey Deschanel's Mom's Pecan Pie

Zooey Deschanel’s family recipe for a classic Southern treat is heavy on the pecans and features a drizzle of molasses on top.

No. 6: Emeril Lagasse’s Pumpkin Custard Pie

Who says you can only eat pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving? This is a classic, creamy pumpkin pie that features a secret ingredient that will make you go , “Hmm…” Cardamom!

No. 7: Grant’s Nut-Free Pecan Pie

For those with nut allergies or aversions, or really anyone, this recipe delivers all the flavor of a pecan pie but with Rice Krispies instead of nuts! Who knew it was even possible? Look how similar the end result looks to an actual pecan pie!

No. 8: Maple Bourbon Apple Pie

A little booze in your apple pie? Yes, please. The recipe combines granny smith apples, butter, salt, spices and 2 ounces of bourbon to really upstage a classic apple pie.

No. 9: Mason Jar Lid Apple Pies

If you want all the flavor of apple pie, but don’t have a crowd to feed, you can try these individual mini apple pies, made right in the lid of a mason jar!

Which of these pies do you want to try first? Watch below to see how easy it is to make Grant’s oat flour.