Calling All May Babies! Birthday Treat of the Month
We're big on birthdays here in the Food Network offices. It's a time when we all preheat our ovens, pull out our mixers and bake something special for our co-workers. But that whole birthday cake thing? It's been done. We're here to prove that there's more to birthdays than birthday cake — and our treats don't need to be sweet either. Instead of agonizing over the perfect gift, remember that all a birthday boy or girl needs is a little something homemade to know how much you care.
This month we're celebrating May birthdays with pie — a whole lot of pie. Maybe it's because we're creeping closer to summer (or we're just a little pie-obsessed), but we can think of no better way to celebrate the May baby in your life than with one of these beauties. These freshly baked recipes still work as the perfect foundation for a lit candle, meaning you can keep that tradition alive with these unconventional birthday treats.
If your loved one is known to like a stiff drink, make your edible gift a two-in-one special. Tyler Florence's Southern Bourbon and Chocolate Pecan Pie (pictured above) is sticky, spiked and loaded with unsweetened chocolate.
Celebrate another year with Ree Drummond's crazy-good Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie. With a crust of crushed cookies and a super-creamy whipped peanut butter filling, there is no better way to blow out the candles.
If your May baby is all about pie no matter the occasion, keep it extra traditional with Food Network's Blueberry Pie, complete with a crisscrossed lattice top. The recipe calls for frozen pie crust, meaning you can spend more time celebrating.
Complete with a classic graham cracker crust, Ina Garten's Frozen Key Lime Pie is the birthday treat for the ice cream lover. Once the pie leaves the freezer, it'll be more refreshing than ever.
Even if the birthday boy or girl is counting calories, that doesn't mean he or she can't join in on the pie fun. Ellie Krieger's velvety Banana Cream Pie comes with a graham cracker crust, is made with fresh bananas and won't sidetrack a diet. Hey, we all need a little something on our birthday, right?