5. Boston Cream Pie
What it is: Thick pastry cream sandwiched between two layers of yellow cake, and covered with chocolate. The reason why it’s called pie, instead of cake? Back in the day, says Yankee Magazine: the “pie and cake tins [used to bake these] were often interchangeable — as were the words themselves.”
10. Mincemeat (or Fruit Mince) Pie
What it is: A textured pie filling — with roots in the U.K. — that’s the perfect mix of sweet and tart. A fruit mixture (like fresh berries, apples, and cherries) simmers in brown sugar, holiday spices, lemon zest, and a splash of rum. Then it’s cooled and poured into a flaky, crisp crust. (Find a gluten-free version here.)
Pictured above: Recipe here.