Let Them Eat Pie

These five pie recipes aren't just for dessert.

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Linda Pugliese

Everyone Loves Pie!

It's not just for dessert. We've got five sweet and savory options that all start with our simple whole-wheat crust. This easy dough is great as is in each of these recipes, but can also be kicked up with tasty add-ins. You'll love the versatility!

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How to Roll Out Pie Dough

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Breakfast Pies

These protein-packed, personal breakfast pies can be made ahead and frozen. Pop them in the microwave on busy weekday mornings.

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Southwest Taco Pie

All of your favorite fillings in a wholesome cornmeal crust make for a healthy and fun take on the classic taco.

Cornmeal Crust Variation: Prepare the Basic Whole-Wheat Pie Dough, replacing ? cup of the all-purpose flour with ? cup cornmeal, and adding ? teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper to the dry ingredients. The cornmeal soaks up liquid, so you may need to use slightly more ice water for the dough to ball.

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Spinach Cheese Triangles

Your family will adore the creamy texture in this flavorful snack.

Herbed Crust Variation: Prepare the Basic Whole-Wheat Pie Dough, adding a pinch each of oregano, lemon zest, and salt to the dry ingredients.

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Chocolate-Cherry Crumb Pie

Don't let its decadent looks fool you. This pie packs a nutritious punch with antioxidant-rich cherries and almonds.

Chocolate Crust Variation: Prepare the Basic Whole-Wheat Pie Dough, adding 2 tablespoons of sugar and 4 tablespoons of Dutch cocoa powder to the dry ingredients.

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How to Make Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

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Caramel Apple Pocket Pies

These portion-controlled treats are just as fun to eat as their namesake dessert. (And a lot easier to bite!)

Spiced Dough Variation: Prepare the Basic Whole-Wheat Pie Dough, adding 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and 2 tablespoons of sugar to the dry ingredients.

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Scott Little

Store-bought Dough Alternatives

Sometimes making dough from scratch just doesn't fit your schedule. Try these recipe shortcuts that make great use of delicious store-bought crusts.

Breakfast Pies: Slice dough circles from a 15-oz. box of refrigerated Immaculate Baking Co. piecrusts.
Southwest Taco Pie: Line your pie plate with an 8-oz. package of refrigerated Pillsbury Crescent rolls.
Spinach Cheese Triangles: Cut rectangles from a 17.3-oz. package of Pepperidge Farm frozen Puff Pastry.
Chocolate-Cherry Crumb Pie: Add cherry filling and crumb topping to a 6-oz. pan of Keebler Ready Crust Chocolate Crumb Pie Crust.
Caramel Apple Pie Sticks: Cut rectangles from layered sheets of a 16-oz. package of Athens Fillo Dough. Coat sheets with nonstick cooking spray.

Originally published in the April 2012 issue of Parents magazine.

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