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Salted Caramel Apple Pie from Four and Twenty Blackbirds

Salted Caramel Apple Pie from Four and Twenty Blackbirds Bakery in Brooklyn, NY

Tonight on United Tastes of America, Jeffrey Saad explores all things pie. He searches out chefs across America who are thinking outside the crust. And whether you think pie is so 2010 or just coming into fashion in 2011, we can all agree it’s always welcome on the dessert table. Here are our top picks of pies to bake now.

Kelsey Nixon’s Banana Caramel Cream Pie

Banana Caramel Cream Pie

Kelsey shares her grandma’s recipe for Banana Caramel Cream Pie. It’s got layers of goodness: sliced bananas, salted caramel sauce, and a creamy filling get topped off with more bananas and some sweetened whipped cream.

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S’mores Pie

S'mores Pie

Everyone’s campfire favorite gets reinvented as an icebox dessert. Fill a graham cracker crust with chocolate ice cream and top it off with homemade marshmallow sauce for a fun throwback to childhood.

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Suzanne’s Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

Help pumpkin pie shake it’s “Thanksgiving only” status. This airy take on the classic is a welcome addition to the table any time of the year.

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Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter Pie

Does chocolate pair better with peanut butter than jelly? You might think so after a taste of this salty-sweet concoction.

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Fisherman’s Pie with Potato Gratin

Pie doesn’t have to be sweet. Jeffrey explores it’s savory side, and so should you. Roger Mooking’s Fisherman’s Pie with Potato Gratin makes for a filling dinner.

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Salted Caramel Apple Pie (pictured above)

This recipe is courtesy Melissa and Emily Elsen, a set of sisters that raided their grandmother’s recipe file to open a pie shop in Brooklyn, New York. And we’re glad they did. Apple pie is the ultimate comfort-food dessert.

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And of course, what’s pie without an amazing crust? Master the techniques for perfect pie crust and you’re on your way to something amazing.

What’s your favorite pie?