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[MSP] Lemon Meringue Pie Time! (St. Paul)

YAY! There's been a lot of talk on this board about pie over the last year or so. My favorite pie in the Twin Cities is always the homemade (or, really, church made--because the ladies bake them in the Cathedral's basement kitchen) lemon meringue at the Cathedral. In the basement after the 8am and 10am Masses, Sunday April 13. You can sneak down to the basement without going to Mass, but no point in getting there too early because they won't sell them to you until Mass has ended. (so, get there around, 9'ish or 11'ish).

Just like my grandma's.

~TDQ

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  1. I love the idea of sneaking around churches and actually have a good amount of experience at it. Mostly I was sneaking out though, not sneaking in.

    Do they have other kinds of pie besides the lemon meringue? And do they do this year round?

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    1. re: karykat

      No and no. Just the lemon meringue and just one Sunday in Spring. I'm never exactly sure when it is, but it's usually a couple of weeks after their. St. Patrick's Day pancake breakfast, which was today. Apparently they do a Valentine's Day tea, too, which I don't know anything about except that there's apparently a high-demand for tickets and you must wear white gloves.

      ~TDQ

    2. I just checked the Cathedral's web site and saw that the lemon pie sale will be on Sunday April 13, 2008 in Hayden Hall. The site says the sale is between 9 and 11 am. (Subject to the caveat TDQ mentioned.)

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      1. re: karykat

        Uh, how did I forget to mention the date? Now I understand your question, is is a year-round thing! I'll ask the mods to edit the date into the OP to make it more clear for people. Thank you for catching that important missing detail.

        ~TDQ

      2. I love a good lemon meringue. Will check it out. Thanks!

        1. hi the pie sounds lovely--2 questions:

          1. how much $ does a whole lemon meringue pie cost? (approx)
          2. are the pies sold for a particular fund raising purpose? (where does the $ go?)

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          1. re: soupkitten

            I cannot find the price, but I can relay the info about where the money goes:

            "All proceeds are used for parish projects, such as refurbishing the small Christmas crèche and buying new funeral vestments.

            1. re: KTFoley

              I seem to recall they are about $5.00. But, it's been 2 years since I've bought one. The pie sale is a fundraiser for the Cathedral Women's Assn and, I guess, the proceeds are used as KTFoley described above. Mostly, my interest is in pies. :).

              ~TDQ

              1. re: KTFoley

                thanks very much for the info KT and TDQ!

              2. re: soupkitten

                I called Ms. Daly, and the fellow who picked up the phone was able to tell me that the price would be going up because of ingredient cost, and though he wasn't absolutely sure he believed they would be in the $10-12 range.

                Considering that the number is a home listing and not the church office, I'm going to ask the moderators to take the number out of my original post.

                1. re: KTFoley

                  Thank you KTFoley. I've been told by my "buyer of pies" that last time we bought them, 2 years ago, they were $8 each(not the $5 I previously said)--so, increasing it to $10-$12 I guess sounds reasonable.

                  ~TDQ

                  1. re: The Dairy Queen

                    i was going to say that $5 for a whole pie was a steal & was thinking that they must be some special mini-pie or baked in a very shallow pan or something. i was going to buy one just to see. i do think that $10-$12 is still a great price esp. for a fund raiser. thanks again for the great tip & info and i'll try to pick one up.

                    1. re: soupkitten

                      Thank you. Please report back so I can live vicariously through you this year as I remembered I have someplace else I need to be that Sunday morning (second year in a row I've missed it). *sigh*

                      Sorry, by the way, that I left so many important details out of my post. I was just so excited! (And I'm not even really eating pie right now!)

                      ~TDQ

                      1. re: soupkitten

                        Oh, and my better half has reminded me that in the past they also sold "mini" lemon pies--serves 1 or 2--for about $5. Don't know if they'll do that this year again or not.

                        ~TDQ

                2. Pie sale for 2009 has been posted - March 29! We went last year based on Chowhounds recommendation, and it was great! In addition to the pies, they also sell the filling as a pudding. Mmmm. And we got there while Mass was still going on (maybe 15 minutes before it was over), and they sold to us :)

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                  1. re: sallyawalk

                    Anyone know when pie sale 2010 is? The cathedral's site doesn't list it, as far as I can tell.

                    1. re: mech_e

                      It's in this week's bulletin. It's slated for April 11th. I can't wait!

                      1. re: Seige

                        This protestant thanks you! ;)

                        1. re: mech_e

                          No problem! Hope you're able to get some pie today. We picked up ours this morning. 1 large = $10; 1 small = $5 They're chilling in our fridge right now - can hardly wait to dig in to them!

                          1. re: Seige

                            Nope, missed out! Looked at the mass schedule, and (wrongly) assumed there would be pie available through the noon mass. I may have to convert to be on top of this one next year...

                  2. anybody have the inside scoop on the sale this year?

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                    1. re: basquesheep

                      I called the cathedral.

                      The 2013 pie sale will be on Sunday April 14th. The woman i spoke to suggested arriving either just before or just after the 8AM mass as the pies sell out quickly. She said they're usually all gone by noon.

                      She didn't know if prices would be the same as last year, but said that if I called back in a couple of weeks she would know.

                      I probably won't remember, so if you want an update, the phone number for the Cathedral office is 651.228.1766.