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Dec 28, 2012 04:55 PM

Wanda's Pie in the Sky---a view on a few of them

In my search for pecan pies, I purchased a little chocolate pecan pie tart, a small pecan pie with chocolate on top, a small banana cream and a small peanut butter pie. Yes, I now have too much pie......

The best was the little tart. Sticky and chocolaty and probably a little too sweet but still, such nice consistency, I enjoyed it completely. The next best was probably the banana cream. Still, there is a problem waiting to happen with a pie crust and the refrigeration required of banana cream. But it was smooth and nice flavour (not that artificial banana flavour that has put me off in other BCPs) of cream and banana. The crust probably won't do well in my fridge over night but it was crisp if not flakey.

I was least impressed with the other two pies. Peanut butter pie (covered in chocolate or I wouldn't have tried it) requires a person to adore peanut butter in any form. I'm not one of those people and the peanut butteryness was a bit much. Still, not bad; just not a repeat purchase. Peanuts on top a little soft from refrigeration. The pecan pie might be better if I left it out longer to get soft. The filling wasn't as sticky and gooey as I like--more gelatinous. Still, worth trying with more time at room temperature.

Overall, I liked my pecan pie from Dufflets better (nicer texture). And Phipps is so different from the other pecan pies that I won't even try to compare. I'd consider trying to get the chocolate pecan pie again at Wanda's in a larger size.

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  1. I am not too fond of the crust used on the pies at The Canadian Pie Company but the tarts are great. They have a chocolate banana cream right now that I thought was excellent. Balanced flavours of a chocolate pudding, banana pudding, banana slices and real cream on top. The base is a chocolate cookie crust that to me was above average. Nothing artificial here!

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    1. re: justsayn

      Any experience with the pecan pie?

      Chocolate cookie crust is what they should use for pies that need refrigeration. I'll definitely try this (you mean the one on Queen East?).

      Ever tried their pecan pie... by chance?

      1. re: Ediblethoughts

        Queen East - yes. I am so picky with pecan pie, I don't even buy them anymore. : (

          1. re: Ediblethoughts

            Not their pecan pie. What is it like? Would that be your favourite in the city?

            I need roasted pecans not wet and soggy : ) I don't like a thick wet semi solid mush centre, I don't like the centre too dry either where it is almost stringy caramel that makes your teeth stick together and it seems over-baked. I have never liked a version that includes chocolate.

            But I love pecans, caramel, buttery sweets, pie crust, toffee, runny butter tarts, gooey butter tarts. SO my heart is in the right place I think!

            1. re: justsayn

              Their pecan pie is lovely but different from any other I've tried. The crust is more like shortbread than pie crust; the consistency is more soft the sticky, no maple flavour and they do a lovely caramel drizzle on top. The pecans didn't seem at all soggy.

              Their pecan tarts are very good too. If you're there, you could test one of those. It's been longer since I've had those so I can't recall if the crust is more like pie crust than the pies...

              I'm with you on all those loves except butter tarts. I won't throw one away if it's presented but I prefer raisins to stay in my cereal for breakfast!

              1. re: Ediblethoughts

                Shortbread crust??? hmmmm if I have to. ; )

                Thanks for the great tip!

                1. re: justsayn

                  It's like a soft shortbread... tell me your honest opinion if you try it!

                2. re: Ediblethoughts

                  Not all butter tarts have raisins in them. I don't like raisin-butter tarts either...or raisins in any of my baked goods for that matter.

                  1. re: kwass

                    True. I don't mind the ones without but I'd rather not have the classic runniness that goes with a buttertart.

              2. re: Ediblethoughts

                I think I had pecan pie from All the Best about 6 or 8 months ago and found it to be addictive. Have you had that? I am not 100% sure though.

                1. re: justsayn

                  I have. I liked it but it wasn't as sticky/gooey as I wanted... but if I'm there, I'd probably buy one if I didn't already have dessert.

                  1. re: Ediblethoughts

                    Yes wasnt sticky/gooey. I think we are on the same page. I will try Phipps for sure!

                    1. re: justsayn

                      Phipps is only semi-gooey (if it was more sticky gooey, it would be my ideal...).

          2. re: justsayn

            I tried these a week or so ago and they were good---a nice cookie-like crust but not chocolate cookie (which would have been better). Still, better than Wanda's.

            1. re: Ediblethoughts

              oh TOO BAD it wasn't the chocolate cookie. I have had both and the chocolate does kick it up a notch or three..

          3. I don't really like their fact I'll say I quite hate that place. I went both times and their pies are just really soggy...almost kinda chewy and has no flavour at all.

            Also Canadian Pie Company didn't really hit the spot either. I just want a place that serves me a pie with a nice flaky, buttery crust.

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            1. re: AngelSanctuary

              I've come to that conclusion too. While not exactly soggy from my experience, they were too close to that for comfort.

              1. re: AngelSanctuary

                Agreed. Their pies never cut it for me either. Soggy crusts, dull tasting filling. Oddly enough I've enjoyed the occasional bowl of soup there. West african peanut soup is pretty good and hearty. But pies and sweet things? No thanks!

                1. re: deabot

                  Yes! I did have the soup there the one time I picked up the pies. It was good. I didn't realize it was going to be the best thing I bought there.

              2. Went here the other weekend, so over rated, did you know it's over $3 dollars for a cupcake??? and my friend's slice of pie was tiny, over $5???