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MSP- We need pie!

advicepig Mar 21, 2008 09:25 AM

So we love pie in our house. Where's the best pie around here? We're mostly after fruit pies, but will entertain any desserty pies.

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    stymie Mar 22, 2008 09:00 AM

    Byerlies makes a great harrelson apple pie, but better than that is a roadside orchard on Hwy 169, just north of Belle Plain. The apple pie there is even better than Byerlies. Closed for the season I would guess.

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    1. re: stymie
      Chris Mitra Mar 22, 2008 10:30 AM

      That was going to be my suggestion, also -- Byerly's / Lund's Haralson apple pie. So far it's the best I've found in the cities. Otherwise:

      Fruit pies - Turtle Bread (especially their blueberry rhubarb)
      Cream pies - Birchwood (banana, coconut, and I think I even had an orange (!?) cream pie a year ago that was amazing)
      French silk pie - Baker's Sqaure, surprisingly, is still my favorite.

      With so many good apple varieties here, I have recently been making apple pies, another thing you might consider. Wedge has had some nice organic granny smiths over the past few weeks. Super easy -- 4-6 apples, ~1 cup sugar, juice of a lemon, ~1 tbsp flour, ~1 tsp salt, cinnamon to taste -- mix it all together, TASTE it and adjust, then throw it in a pre-made pie shell for ~45-55 minutes at 375. Adjust ratios of sugar and cinnamon based on your preference and the types of apples you're using that week. I've found granny smiths to be more tart than haralson.

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        faith Mar 22, 2008 06:39 PM

        Birchwood does make an outrageous banana cream pie. Somehow it seems
        never to be featured though when I've gone the last bunch of times. They
        did tell me they'd make one for $30. I would say it would be money well
        spent. Just to be clear, I would be spending the money not only because it
        tasted and looked great, but to avoid the big list of chemicals in pies like
        Baker's Square has.

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      Josh Resnik Mar 21, 2008 03:23 PM


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        jenniegirl Mar 21, 2008 11:31 AM

        I had some really good pecan pie a la mode at the Day By Day Cafe yesterday. My fiancee and I shared it and still didn't finish it. I don't know if they do whole pies though-probably if you called ahead.

        1. AnneInMpls Mar 21, 2008 10:06 AM

          I love the Key Lime Pie at the Birchwood Cafe. Seward Co-op also makes a great key lime pie. I've seen huge slices of pie (apple and banana cream) at Carol's, and I hear that Jerabek's has good pie - but alas, I'm not an expert on pie. I want to be an expert, but there's only so much time (and calories) in a day. My current focus is chocolate.

          See this thread:


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          1. re: AnneInMpls
            AnneInMpls Mar 21, 2008 10:11 AM

            Oh, yeah - places links!

            Birchwood Cafe
            3311 E 25th St, Minneapolis, MN 55406

            Seward Co-op Grocery and Deli
            2823 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404

            Carol's Restaurant
            11888 Aberdeen St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55449

            1. re: AnneInMpls
              AnneInMpls Mar 21, 2008 10:12 AM

              One more try at getting the link to Jerabek's (it must be feeling hesitant today).

              Jerabek's New Bohemian Coffeehouse & Bakery
              63 Winifred St, W St Paul, MN

          2. bob s Mar 21, 2008 09:56 AM

            My favorite whole pies in Minneapolis are those from Turtle Bread Co.

            Turtle Bread Co.
            4762 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407

            Turtle Bread Co.
            3421 W 44th St, Minneapolis, MN 55416

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            1. re: bob s
              karykat Mar 21, 2008 01:45 PM

              Like the raspberry pie from Turtle Bread!

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