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Petsi's eggnog custard pie ... has anyone tried it?

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triple creme Nov 12, 2009 05:03 PM

I'm intrigued by the concept of eggnog custard, but reluctant to pre-order a flavor for Thanksgiving that I haven't had a chance to audition before serving to friends. Apparently they only offer it as a winter holiday special, so I'm hoping someone has tried it in years past. Chocolate pecan pie will be my fallback because it's tried and true.

  1. Bob Dobalina Nov 13, 2009 03:04 AM

    Haven't had it, but why not order both? :) Go forth, adventurous hound!

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      kok229 Nov 13, 2009 04:45 AM

      Right, why not? Eggnog/eggs-cream, custard/eggs-cream, creamy, eggy deliciousness--

      1. SaraASR Nov 13, 2009 05:03 AM

        I can't imagine there'd be a single thing from Petsi's you'd regret serving to friends.

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          autopi Nov 13, 2009 05:37 AM

          i find petsi's a bit maddening, actually. it's ok that they're not a full-service bakery--which, by the way, somerville sorely needs--but their pies are actually the weakest link. the crusts are just not that good. the fillings are decent, but not spectacular. chocolate pecan, for instance, is obviously a sweet pie, but their rendition is over-the-top, causes-pain-in-your-teeth sweet. i think their scones and biscuits are pretty good. i think i had a coconut cupcake from them that was good. i just don't like their pies.

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            bella_sarda Nov 13, 2009 06:19 AM

            I agree that Petsi's pies are overrated, especially the crust. I think their scones are overrated too. Do a side-by-side taste test of a Nashoba Brook scone (orange-cranberry is my fave, but the savory prosciutto parmesan is also a winner) and Petsi's scone and you'll see.

            To the OP, however, I think the *idea* of an eggnog-custard pie sounds great, just worried about the execution. And sorry, but I haven't tried it!

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              autopi Nov 13, 2009 06:22 AM

              haven't tried the nashoba brook scones--any sources in camberville? the ones at cafe ula and canto 6, in jp are generally my favorites, not counting the ones we make at home. i know a lot of people here rave about the scones at sherman's in union square, i find them ok but not superlative.

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                bella_sarda Nov 13, 2009 10:37 AM

                Autopi, I feel the same as you about Sherman's scones. Pretty good, but not flaky/light enough. They used to sell Nashoba Brook's scones at Savenor's on Kirkland St. in the mornings, and may still do so, but now that they don't open until 11 a.m., they're still closed when I pass by in the mornings. When I have stopped by in the evenings, they are usually sold out of all pastries so that's no proof either. You could just call and ask. I get my NB scones at Flat Black Coffee Company in the Financial District (Milk and Broad Sts.). Somewhere else I went to recently had them as well, but I can't remember. Since I live in Camberville, it very well may have been in my hood, but I also wander around a bit so there's no telling. You can discern them by their relatively small size and cylindrical shape, like a traditional English tea scone, and their insanely flaky, buttery, light texture. Sometimes they look a bit like short leaning-towers-of-Pisa, but they're still basically round.

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                  teezeetoo Nov 13, 2009 12:18 PM

                  i'm curious if any of the posters know a better pie place? I'd sure like to find one, reasonably convenient to greater boston. Until I get a new recommendation, Petsi's is the best I've found.

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                    autopi Nov 13, 2009 12:45 PM

                    canto 6 does fantastic pies, though i don't know if they do them regularly, or if you can special order them. i don't know if clear flour does, but if they do i'm sure they're very good.

                    bella sarda, thanks for the tip. will try to hit savenor's soon. i really like the uk version scone, which seem to be rather under-represented state-side.

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                      teezeetoo Nov 13, 2009 01:32 PM

                      clear flour does lovely rustic tarts but not pies. maybe someday

          2. re: SaraASR
            voodoocheese Nov 13, 2009 01:29 PM

            The most important thing to get at Petsi's is the vanilla sugar brioche on weekends. If you haven't tried them yet, you should! That's the only thing I get there now...

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