Pie of the Month Club: This Month's Featured Recipe

Twelve pies in twelve months. Let's get the dough rolling.

By America's Test Kitchen | May 01, 2020

Our new cookbook, The Perfect Pie, includes more than 180 recipes for display case-worthy pies, tarts, and galettes of all types: classic takes like Apple Pie, regional specialties like North Carolina Lemon Pie, and uniquely flavored creations like Lavender Crème Brûlée Pie. We're so excited about this collection of new recipes and old favorites that we decided to start a Pie of the Month Club so we can share twelve of our favorite seasonal recipes with you, our community of fellow pie-lovers. (And yes, those three aforementioned recipes are included in the Club, but you'll have to stay tuned to see which months they represent. . . )

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The Perfect Pie

Bake beautiful versions of the corner bakery classics and French patisserie favorites—plus a host of whimsical, modern pies and tarts of all kinds.


How to Join the Pie of the Month Club

Joining the Pie of the Month Club is as easy as, well, pie. (We couldn't help it.) All you need is a sweet tooth and our recipes. 

Through the Club, you’ll get to connect with fellow pie-lovers, share photos of your beautiful results, improve your pie-making skills, and learn unique flavor pairings. If this all sounds intriguing to you, here’s how to join:

  1. Sign up for our weekly Notes from the Test Kitchen newsletter, where we’ll be announcing the featured pie on the first Friday of each month. If you don’t already subscribe, you can do so here. (We’ll also be updating this article with each new pie, so be sure to check back at the beginning of each month.)
  2. Make the recipe. Each recipe will be free for the month it’s featured (or accessible anytime for online subscribers).
  3. Take a picture before you dig in and share it on Instagram with the hashtag #ThePerfectPie and your photo may get featured on the @testkitchen Instagram account.

June's Pie of the Month: Strawberry Galette with Candied Basil and Balsamic

Strawberry Galette with Candied Basil and Balsamic

As the weather gets warmer, and you start craving classic summer ingredients like strawberries, be sure to set some aside to use in the best galette you've never had. This refreshing tart tastes just like summer. We added some strawberry jam to the filling of fresh strawberries to ramp up the flavor. But it’s not all fruity sweetness; we added complexity with a drizzle of balsamic glaze, and then topped it with candied basil leaves that only took two minutes to make in the microwave. The trio of flavors in this galette work together in harmony for the perfect summer dessert—and its beauty makes it an absolute showstopper. Happy baking!

June's Pie

Strawberry Galette with Candied Basil and Balsamic

Packed with strawberry flavor and accompanied by two other summery ingredients, this galette was made for the warmer months.



May Pie Post of the Month

Past Pies of the Month

Make Every Day Pie Day

May's Pie Lavender Crème Brûlée Pie

A unique twist on a classic dessert.


April's Pie French Coconut Pie

Bright, fun, and easy to make.


March's Pie North Carolina Lemon Pie

Salty, sweet, and sour, this pie really has it all.


February's Pie Blood Orange and Chocolate Tart

A romantic and elegant tart that will be perfect for date night or any night.


January's Pie Cherry-Chocolate Pie Pops

A classic flavor combination in a trendy little package.


December's Pie Holiday Eggnog Custard Pie

From classic holiday drink to perfect holiday pie.


November's Pie Butternut Squash Pie with Browned Butter and Sage

Classic fall ingredients work perfectly together in this show-stopping Thanksgiving pie.


October's Pie Apple Pie with Cheddar Cheese Crust

If a slice of cheddar cheese makes apple pie even better, how good could it be if we put the cheese right into the crust?

September's Pie Plum-Ginger Pie with Whole-Wheat Crust

Sweet, spicy, and complex, this unique fruit pie is nothing short of special, and it all starts with fresh plums, ginger, and whole-wheat flour.

Next up in July: We combined a classic summer fruit with. . . tea? Check back next month to see why this actually makes the perfect summer pie. Check back here or subscribe to our Notes from the Test Kitchen newsletter to get updates on the Pie of the Month Club.