If you’re feeling less than thankful for the same old Thanksgiving dessert, consider the wealth of Seattle bakeries offering seasonal pies that put a twist on tradition without sacrificing holiday flavor. The best part? All you have to do is warm them up.
1. High 5 Pie
Made with sweet potatoes, cream, and locally milled Shepherd’s Grain flour, the sweet potato pie is topped with tiny marshmallows. $12/7-inch pie; Capitol Hill, 610 19th Ave. E; 206.329.4700; high5pie.com
The namesake shoofly pie is a mountain of molasses, crisped on top and soft in the center. Order 48 hours in advance. $20. West Seattle, 4444 California Ave. SW; 206.938.0680; shooflypiecompany.com
3. Seattle Pie Company
The pecan pie, made with butter, brown sugar and vanilla, offers a pleasing balance of crunchiness and sweetness. $16.41. Magnolia, 3111 W McGraw St.; 206.217.4743; seattlepiecompany.com
4. Grand Central Bakery
The dark and juicy marionberry U-Bake pie is very berry-full. Pull it out of the oven and pretend you baked it yourself. $15.75. Various locations, including Pioneer Square, 214 First Ave. S; 206.622.3644; grandcentralbakery.com
5. A La Mode Pie
The rich, chewy chocolate pecan caramel tart is made with gooey caramel and toasted pecans. $25. Delivery only. 206.383.3796; alamodeseattle.com
6. 3.14 Bakery
The apple pie at this cleverly named new bakery (open since August) is a handmade, double-crust beauty. $15. White Center, 9602 16th Ave. SW; 206.420.4784.
7. Macrina Bakery
With a creamy pumpkin center and a hint of maple, the maple pecan pumpkin pie is sweet and savory, made with butternut squash, maple syrup and brandy. Order at least two days in advance. $25. Multiple locations, including SoDo, 1943 First Ave. S; 206.623.0919; macrinabakery.com
Published November 2010