Happy National Pie Day! As an avid baker and dessert enthusiast, this is one of those demi-holidays that I love to celebrate. So, in the interest of keeping this ABR-related, I thought I’d share some of my favorite recipes for pies that have equine themes. Enjoy!
1. Kentucky Derby Pie
If you’ve never had Kentucky Derby Pie, it’s time you remedied that. A divine combination of chocolate, bourbon, and pecans, it’ll satisfy anyone with a sweet tooth. Martha Stewart always knows what’s up, and her recipe is both easy and delicious, so enjoy!
2. Apple Pie
Horses love apples, and we do, too! That’s enough to qualify a classic apple pie for this list. I’ve had a lot of success with this recipe from Gemma’s Bigger, Bolder Baking. She makes everything easy to understand, even the somewhat stressful process of making your own pie crust.
3. Key Lime Pie
Since the Pegasus World Cup, the Holy Bull Stakes, the Tampa Bay Derby, and the Florida Derby are all coming up in the next few months, I can’t think of a more appropriate Florida pie than key lime. And since my mother makes the very best version of this in the world, I’ve asked her if I could share her recipe with you. Mom cleverly ignores add-ons like coconut and just lets the unique tartness of key lime juice shine through. Best of all? It’s so easy to make.
1 nine-inch graham cracker crust (store-bought is great!)
1 14-oz. can of sweetened condensed milk
6 oz. (3/4 cup) Cool Whip
1/3 cup – Terry’s (or any) key lime juice
1/3 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice
Mix together condensed milk and cool whip in large bowl on medium speed until fully combined. Add key lime and lemon juice to mixture and blend well. Pour into graham cracker pie crust and refrigerate at least three hours until serving.
4. Carrot Cake Pie
Horses love carrots. Carrot cake is fantastic. Pie is also wonderful. That means that you need some carrot cake pie in your life immediately! This recipe from Crazy for Crust outlines a decadent treat that, yes, includes a cream cheese frosting.
5. Peppermint Pie
Speaking of treats horses and humans both love, a peppermint pie is the perfect marriage of rich and delicious. The best part? There’s no actual baking involved. Get the recipe from Taste of Home right here.