One of the best parts of a picnic is pie--and the chance to relax in a beautiful outdoor setting, of course. Whether you're unpacking your basket lakeside, on a cliff overlooking the ocean, or at the company barbecue, your picnic spread should be as pretty as your surroundings. Let the Instgram-worthy, picture-perfect pies you bring for dessert be the crowning touch. Here are the 12 prettiest fruit pies to make for your picnics this summer.
Is it dessert or modern art? Artful sweets really can be good enough to eat--and with cream cheese plus fresh pears sliced and fanned using the Hasselback method, this pear tart fits the bill.
Miniature versions of a dessert have that adorable factor that makes them prettier (or at least cuter) than their single large counterparts. These jars of fruit curd and fresh raspberry mini-pies are easy to tote in a flat box and give everyone their own picture-perfect serving.
You can't go wrong with cherries in summertime. Add a picture-perfect lattice crust to let the filling peek out, and you'll have everyone begging for the first slice.
This neat arrangement of vividly colored fruit gets a boost from a sugar glaze that adds shine and brightness. It's a palette for your palate.
The hand-turned folds of a galette dough provide a charming frame to showcase your favorite fresh fruits. It's a technique that's so easy to produce something so rustic and artistic looking that it almost feels like cheating. Combine various hues of berries for a bright, rich filling, or go for minimalist elegance with a neat filling of apple or peach slices.
Crumbly streusel topping plays up the vivid red of raspberries and the sunny yellow of custard.
Combining cooked fruit with raw blueberries helps preserve the color and shape of the berries. Add strawberry halves for a perfect color complement.
Individual servings in small foil pans or ramekins let each of your guests get a single beautiful pie of their own.
Thin-sliced apples are topped with jewel-like cranberries for a glorious rustic-edged tart. Turbinado sugar on the crust adds sparkle. Bellinis might be a perfect accompaniment.
A lattice crust is pretty enough to justify the extra effort of weaving the pastry slices. Pouring on a rich glaze adds luster for a polished and delicious dessert.
Pretty peach pies that fit in the palm of your hand are the perfect photo finish for any picnic. Keep the peels on for a beautiful blush to contrast with the bright golden flesh of the peaches.
Red and gold fruit combine in a delicious pie that captures the essence of summer. Whether you use traditional lattice strips or peek-a-boo cutouts, make sure the fruit peeps through for a stained glass effect.