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 | September 04, 2019

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 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. . . )

Your Pie Guide

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. If your photo gets featured on the @testkitchen Instagram account, you’ll receive a sweet reward.

September's Pie of the Month: Plum-Ginger Pie with Whole-Wheat Crust

Our September pie combines both the remnants of summer with the beginning of the autumn season. With fresh plums combined with spicy ginger, this fruit pie you’ve never heard of is a great start to your pie-making journey. The spicy and tangy ginger provides the perfect contrast with the sweet plums, and the whole-wheat crust can be made into a traditional lattice top or woven into an elaborate herringbone pattern. This pie is a showstopper in both flavor and looks. Happy baking!

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.

Inside-the-Test Kitchen Inspiration

Next month we'll share a Pie of the Month Club member's photo, but in the meantime, here's some inspiration: A post by Deputy Food Editor Stephanie Pixley, who snapped this photo during the recipe development process for The Perfect Pie. That's this month's recipe on the right!

Next up in October: a twist on a fall favorite. Check back here or subscribe to our Notes from the Test Kitchen newsletter to get updates on the Pie of the Month Club.