After a long day of opening presents and preparing a gorgeous Christmas feast with family, there's only one thing left to do: eat a slice of pie. These delightful holiday pie recipes embody all the warm flavors of December and the holiday season, with a fresh, wholesome spin. From classic fruit pies to new flavor combinations like chai-carrot, you really can't go wrong when it comes to a pie plate, a warm, buttery crust and a sweet, tasty filling. Don't forget to save some to eat for breakfast the next day.
Chai Carrot Pie
Staple spice-rack spices create all the depth of classic chai tea in this luscious, carrot-packed, whole-grain dessert. It's a cross between a play on pumpkin pie and carrot cake: The texture and flavor are reminiscent of the former, and the layers—cream cheese mixture on the bottom, spiced carrot filling on top—are inspired by the latter. To get a big head start, you can make and freeze the crust up to a week ahead. A combination of butter and shortening in the crust is ideal—butter for its rich flavor, and shortening to create a flaky texture. We recommend Earth Balance shortening (found with the other shortenings in large supermarkets or health-focused stores) because, unlike most other shortenings, it contains no trans fats.