There’s nothing quite like the smell of pumpkin, spices, and sweet sugary crust wafting from the oven, but while some home cooks have perfected the art of pie-making, others need a little help. Here are some alternative options for made-from-scratch, delicious holiday pies—all of which will save you hours in the kitchen. (Just be sure to place your order on time!)
Dutch apple pie with crumb topping
Eileen’s Centerview Bakery
465 Center Road, West Seneca
“All of our crusts are homemade at the bakery, and the recipes are a family secret carried on for generations,” explained Carol Parker of Eileen’s Bakery, which is named after her great grandmother. In addition to Dutch apple, Eileen’s carries all the classics including pumpkin, mincemeat, cherry, strawberry rhubarb, raspberry, blueberry, chocolate cream, banana cream, coconut cream and lemon meringue.
Order pies no later than Nov. 20 (the earlier, the better). $15.
Elm Street Bakery
72 Elm St, East Aurora
Elm Street Bakery’s special-order pies are in high demand around the holidays, and while the Concord Grape (pictured) will be out of season by Thanksgiving, you can still order classics like apple, triple berry, pumpkin or maple pecan, whipped up by lead pastry chef, Renee Newton. Fresh frozen berries are used in the berry pies in winter to maintain the quality and flavor.
Order no later than Nov. 14. $22-$24.
Chocolate custard pie
543 South Park Ave., Buffalo
Mazurek’s most popular flavors for the holiday include apple crumb, chocolate custard and pumpkin cream. “All of our pies are made from scratch,” said Mazurek’s owner Ty Reynolds. “We’re an old-school traditional Polish bakery,”
Order no later than Nov. 17. $10.75.
Peanut butter cream pie
Ohlson’s Bakery & Cafe
8500 Sheridan Dr., Amherst
For something delicious but less traditional, Ohlson’s decadent peanut butter cream pie is made with silky homemade custard and real whipped cream. “Our pies are special because we use all fresh ingredients. Our pie crust is homemade with real butter—so buttery and flaky and delicious! Each pie is made my hand and no steps are skipped. We use fresh homemade custard for our cream pies and real whipped cream.”
Order pies no later than Nov. 19. $15.
Fresh fruit tart
Muscoreil’s Fine Desserts
3960 Niagara Falls Blvd., North Tonawanda
A twist on the traditional pie is Muscoreil’s signature tart. “Our signature fruit tart is on a shortbread crust painted with white chocolate to keep it from getting soggy. It’s topped with fresh fruit and finished with an apricot glaze to give it a nice shine,” said owner Philip Sydoriak.
Order no later than Nov. 17. $24.
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