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10 totally Instagrammable (and completely delicious) Southern pie recipes to master

We take our pies seriously — seriously delicious that is. Bursting with classic Southern flavors (and a few new creative takes), these pie recipes are easy to put together and the perfect addition to any dessert table. From light and fluffy meringue to rich peanut butter and chocolate, choosing which pie to bake first won’t be easy.
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Angel Berry Pie

Angel Berry Pie

A mix of meringue, fresh fruit and whipped cream, angel berry pie is light, fluffy and downright heavenly. While this pie can be filled with all manner of cream, fruit, curds and syrups, we’ve chosen to top our version with slices of fresh strawberries and whipped cream. Whip up this pantry-ingredient pie for guests at your next gathering and serve any leftovers for breakfast the next morning. 
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Blueberry Lavender Peach Pie

Blueberry Lavender Peach Pie

Floral hints of lavender marry perfectly with peaches and blueberries in this juicy pie from Southern food blogger Cynthia Hoyt. Hoyt took inspiration from wildberry lavender ice cream, substituting fresh Georgia blueberries. But something was still missing from the mix, so she added juicy peaches to the mix. Each slice of the resulting pie is a piece of juicy, sunny happiness.   
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Anne Byrn’s Shaker Buttermilk Pie

Anne Byrn’s Shaker Buttermilk Pie

Buttermilk pie was designed to be baked when fruit was scarce in the winter, or on farms where fruit didn't grow, but we’ll take a slice of this creamy pie any time of the year. Thick from full-fat buttermilk, rich from butter and egg, and flavored with sugar and vanilla, this pie is a cousin to chess pie, which has roots in England. In Tennessee, chess pie is typically thickened with cornmeal and seasoned with a little vinegar to give a slighty acidic twang. This is a dead-simple recipe, but keep in mind that it tastes best made with full-fat buttermilk and lightly salted butter — try to find them.
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Chocolate Chess Pie

Chocolate Chess Pie

This chocolate-filled and cream-topped twist on chess pie is a decadent addition to any dinner table. It comes to us courtesy of blogger Kate Wood, of the blog Wood and Spoon, where the recipe first appeared. She adapted her recipe from her husband's grandmother's recipe card, amping up the cocoa content here and decreasing the sugar there. But her truly genius move was to top the whole thing with a billowing mound of lightly sweetened chocolate whipped cream. The extra bitterness from the cocoa and richness from the cream balances out the sugary sweet filling, and it gives the whole thing a lushness we've never before experienced from a chess pie.
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Southern Kitchen

Southern Kitchen's Pecan Pie

We’re nuts about pecans in the South, so it’s no surprise that pecan pie is one of the most popular Southern desserts. The ooey-gooey sugary filling combined with chopped nuts makes for a chewy and crunchy texture that's totally obsession-worthy. This pie belongs on the table all year round. 
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

A decadent peanut butter mousse makes up most of the filling in this almost no-bake pie. Topped with a homemade chocolate ganache, this chilled pie brings two of our favorite flavors. Pro-tip: For the most beautiful pie, make sure to let each layer set before adding the next. 
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Lemon Meringue Pie

Lemon Meringue Pie

We love incorporating lemons into Southern desserts and dishes. Lemon bars are pretty tasty, but this classic lemon meringue pie has a special place in our hearts. Perfected by award-winning chef Virginia Willis, this recipe explains how to make the perfect smooth lemon filling topped with a stiff meringue. If you want to add a touch of sophistication to the pie, break out the blow torch and toast the sugary meringue.  
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Sweet Potato Pie with Marshmallows and Pecan Streusel

Sweet Potato Pie with Marshmallows and Pecan Streusel

This pie captures the essence of sweet potato casserole topped with marshmallows, but it is rightfully presented in a dessert format. The filling itself isn't terribly sweet, so you can feel great about piling on the homemade marshmallow topping. (Or use pre-made marshmallow fluff — we won't tell!) The pecan streusel is just the icing on the cake on this show-stopping pie. — Kate Williams
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Upside-Down Apple Pecan Pie

Upside-Down Apple Pecan Pie

Have you ever flipped a pie upside down to serve it? We hadn't either, until we tried this pie from Southern Kitchen reader Joann Conway, who won our holiday pie recipe contest. It may sound (and look) intimidating, but all you need to create this spectacular pie is confidence in your butter usage and a good recipe for sturdy double-crust pie dough. (We recommend this one.) Be sure to flip out the pie and serve it while it's still warm, so that the caramel sauce has plenty of opportunity to drizzle and drip all over your plate. — Kate Williams
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Anne Byrn’s Chicken Pot Pie

Anne Byrn’s Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken pot pie feels like a warm hug with each bite. Cookbook author and food writer Anne Byrn’s sister Susan developed the perfect recipe and process to create this warm savory pie at home. From scratch-made sauce to some time-saving shortcuts, this is a savory pie we'd glady make over and over again.
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Rachel Taylor is a staff writer at Southern Kitchen. She moved to Atlanta earlier this year after graduating college in Maryland, and has been a digital audience specialist at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Politically Georgia, as well as a freelance writer for publications such as USA Today and the Delmarva Daily Times on Maryland's Eastern Shore. She has lived in France and Italy, and loves to travel.