Perfect for entertaining, this dreamy dessert gets its delightful flavor from swirls of fresh strawberry sauce. The rich taste and velvety texture are wonderful to savor. And best of all, because you make it a day ahead of time, dessert will be ready anytime you are! —Mia Trautwein, Goleta, California
For a change of pace from rich holiday desserts, try this light and cool pie. When I'm short on time, I used a prepared graham cracker crust with equally good results. —Jane Dyrhaug, Andover, Minnesota
In my many family trips to Florida, I've had key lime pie from many restaurants, and each one is different. I wanted to create my own spin on the pie to make it my signature dessert. Whipped egg whites in the filling make it light and mousse-like, sweet raspberries balance the tart filling, and coconut and cashews add additional tropical character. Garnish with fresh raspberries and toasted shredded coconut if desired. —Elise Easterling, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Mini pies are all the rage, and this cool and luscious banana cream pie is no exception. Whether it's just the two of you or a party of five, savor this classic dessert without the fear of wasteful leftovers. —Carol Maertz, Spruce Grove, Alberta
Julie Yuswak found the inspiration for this praiseworthy pie in her abundant raspberry patch in Savanna, Illinois. "Fresh-picked berries are luscious, but frozen unsweetened ones will do." she advises. "You can substitute strawberries and strawberry gelatin if you prefer." She combines plain and chocolate graham crackers to form the delicious crust.
Whenever I have pie, I always want more crust. This is my new go-to recipe. It boasts a generous buttery base that works with all kinds fillings. Of course I couldn’t stop at one flavor, so I experimented with different pantry items to create a whole team of crunchy crusts. — Gina Nistico, Taste of Home Food Editor
I came up with this quick pie when I needed a dessert for a get-together. My husband picked this pie over apple pie, which he generally prefers. He raves about the tangy fresh berries and smooth, white chocolate filling.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
Then put it to good use by making scrumptious Texas Lime Pie. The recipe comes from Diane Bell (left) of Manvel. "With the perfect balance of sweet and tart, this velvety pie is a great way to beat the Texas heat and Gulf Coast humidity," Diane notes. "With this simple recipe, even a novice cook can make a really memorable dessert," she adds.
This refreshing dessert tastes a little bit like orange sherbet. I make several pies at a time and keep them on hand in the freezer. My guests are always surprised to learn they're eating carrots!—Bethel Anderson, St. James, Minnesota