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Looking for Best TRADITIONAL Pumpkin Pie in GTA

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Attknee Oct 3, 2008 09:03 AM

Hello Everyone, with Thanksgiving coming it is time to find out where to find the best traditional pumpkin pie in the Toronto area. I say "traditional" without meaning any disrespect to those who want to riff on the traditional pie, but it is the traditional one I am looking for. To define "traditional", I am talking about a nice mildly spicy filling in a great crust, and that's it. I used to love the one from Southbrook Farms but in recent years they started freezing them and then thawing them out to sell and they weren't as good. So, any ideas? Thanks.

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    genome Oct 11, 2008 03:56 PM

    I'm extremely particular about pumpkin pies (I bake a superb one from scratch from Mme. Benoit's original recipe: she fries the pumpkin pulp first to dehydrate and slightly caramelize it, then adds cream and eggs to rehydrate and 'custardize'.). I've been trying dozens of pumpkin pies every year since the seventies. The ones that comes closest to mine are at Sweet Indulgence (Coxwell just south of O'Connor) and Grandma Lamb's (Meaford). They both make a pie with a decent pastry but S.I. also bakes a larger torte version with a crust that I prefer to traditional pie dough. Take one of each and compare. Both bakeries sell out early so it's best to phone after 9 a.m. and they'll hold a couple for you.

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      hungryabbey Oct 11, 2008 06:48 PM

      I also buy from Sweet Indulgence. But they arent open tomorrow so you would have had to pick it up today. But as a suggestion for next time, its a great pie!

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      Boutique Ketchup Oct 5, 2008 10:03 PM

      I'd try Bloor West Village's Hot Oven Bakery (formerly Sunglow Bakery) on Bloor... north side, just west of Runnymede.

      Best pumpkin pie I've had in the 'hood.

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        The Berserker Oct 5, 2008 05:03 PM

        My favourite traditional pie is the one sold frozen at M&Ms.

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          Jay98 Oct 5, 2008 01:01 PM

          I bought one one these at the St. Lawrence Market one year from Eve's....it was deeeeeelicious. Used to buy pumpkin pies from the old A & P stores, and they were great as well....sigh

          http://www.evesdesserts.com/i/pies/p-...

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            eatereater123 Oct 3, 2008 11:48 AM

            WAnda's Pie in the Sky - there's two locations. I go to the one in Kensington Market. The original location is in Yorkville. Completely made in the store, and they do vegan versions of their pies too.

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              LemonLauren Oct 5, 2008 10:12 AM

              there's also Wanda's in the Kitchen with Dinah on Mount Pleasant at Sherwood (half way between Eglintpn and Lawrence) which carries a limited amounts of the pies.

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                Herb Oct 5, 2008 11:43 AM

                Wanda's in Yorkville closed several years ago.

              2. TorontoJo Oct 3, 2008 09:08 AM

                I would give Flaky Tart a call and ask if they are doing pumpkin pies for Thanksgiving. Their offerings are about as straight up "traditional" as they come -- total homestyle baking.

                http://www.flakytart.com/

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                  merlot143 Oct 3, 2008 01:07 PM

                  As ever, I second this rec. Flaky Tart has been taking orders for a few weeks now. She's a baking genius.

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