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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 | June 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. . . )

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 and your photo may get featured on the @testkitchen Instagram account.

June's Pie of the Month: Blueberry Earl Grey Pie

Strawberry Galette with Candied Basil and Balsamic

As we enter the heat of summer, it’s time to start taking advantage of summer fruits. One of our favorites is blueberries for their sweet, almost earthy flavor. In this unique take on the classic blueberry pie, we combined them with the elegant flavors of Earl Grey, which we added to the filling and in the form of a finishing glaze. The tea’s citrusy notes paired beautifully with the sweetness of the fruit, and the tea-toned stripes of the glaze looked beautiful atop a burnished lattice crust. Happy baking!

July's Pie

Blueberry Earl Grey Pie

An elegant take on a classic blueberry pie.

 

 

June Pie Post of the Month

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Strawberry Galette with Candied Basil and Balsamic from “The Perfect Pie” and ATK’s Pie of the Month for June: Strawberry season has arrived! I saw this in my inbox and knew it had to happen. I was entertaining some vegan friends this evening. I was originally going to make this into a tart with the olive oil crust, but saw a coconut oil pie crust in “Vegan for Everyone” and thought I’d give it a try. I blame the blowouts on that choice. I think that crust might be more suited to a pie than a free form tart. I think the lack of structure didn’t work for the coconut oil crust. But I just kept telling everyone it was a “rustic” tart, and so I got away with it. And hey, they’re vegans...they don’t get a lot of pastry, so they were pretty happy regardless. The tart was delicious. The crust, despite being prone to blowouts, was light and flaky. The balsamic glaze was a bit of a mess. Reducing 1/2 cup to a few tablespoons didn’t work. I wound up with hard balsamic caramel, and all the cups, and spoons that were used in its production are currently soaking in a pot of simmering water to help them come clean. I can make my own balsamic glaze, and next time I’ll just follow my own instincts. The sugared basil leaves were very easy and made the whole thing look nicer, but didn’t seem to add much flavor wise. I would definitely make this again. Maybe not for my vegan friends, but otherwise, yes! @testkitchen #ThePerfectPie #strawberrygalette #strawberryseason

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Past Pies of the Month

Make Every Day Pie Day

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'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 August: In the final month of Pie of the Month club, we introduce you to a pie that will help you beat the summer heat. Check back here or subscribe to our Notes from the Test Kitchen newsletter to get updates on the Pie of the Month Club.

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