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Rustic Blueberry Cornmeal Tart

Pile sweetened blueberries and a hint of lemon onto a cornmeal tart dough, fold the edges up, and bake until golden. Serve warm.

Yield: 8 servings Total time: 3 hours

Pumpkin Pie with Streusel

Bake a filling of pumpkin puree, spices, and cream in a homemade crust, and then top with pecan streusel.

Yield: 8 servings Total time: 3 hours 30 minutes

Steve’s Birthday Banoffee Pie

Our Scottish friend Steve spent his 30th birthday in Austin with us, and we celebrated with this banoffee pie. It has a lot of steps, from making caramel, baking the hazelnut crust, slicing bananas, and making whipped cream, but it is decadent and worthy of a special celebration.

Yield: 8 servings Total time: 8 hours

Cherry Pie

Cherry pie is both Guy and Lee’s favorite kind of pie. This filling starts with canned pie cherries and takes less than 10 minutes to make, so you can put all of the effort into homemade pie crust.

Yield: 8 servings Total time: 1 hour

Coconut Custard Meringue Pie

I made my grandmother’s coconut cream pie recipe successfully for years, and then all of a sudden it stopped working for me. I had moved, so my kitchen tools and the environment were different, and that’s the only reason I could think of that my tried-and-true recipe no longer worked. Seeking a substitute, I found success with this recipe from Food & Wine.

Yield: 8 servings Total time: 6 hours

Blueberry Tart with Lemon Curd

Layer homemade lemon curd and glazed fresh blueberries into a homemade tart crust flavored with specks of coconut.

Yield: 8 servings Total time: 1 hour 45 minutes

Pam’s Buttermilk Pecan Pie

The filling in this pie is more of a custard than a traditional syrup-based pecan pie. Try it if you typically think of pecan pie as being too sweet.

Yield: 8 servings Total time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Mocha Fudge Pie

This pie has a coffee-flavored brownie base, a coffee pudding filling, Kahlúa and coffee-scented whipped cream, and chocolate curls.

Yield: 8 servings Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Chocolate Crunch Ice Cream Pie

I made this pie for Thanksgiving dinner at my parents’ house one year. There are a lot of elements to preparing this pie, but it’s definitely worth the work. Layer peppermint ice cream and a chocolate-cookie crumble in a cookie crust, and top with chocolate truffle sauce.

Yield: 8 servings Total time: 2 hours

Chocolate Cream Pie

Fill a pie crust with homemade chocolate pudding, top with whipped cream, and garnish with chocolate curls and raspberries. This is one of two pies I made for a Mother’s Day brunch last year.

Yield: 8 servings Total time: 5 hours