By Emily Kovach from PAeats.com
No matter what kind of Thanksgiving you’ve got planned — even if it looks very different from years past — you’re likely facing a bigger shopping list and more kitchen prep than regular, non-holiday weeks. Whether you’re cooking a whole turkey with all the trimmings or calling in takeout from your local dumpling joint, ordering up a pie from a local bakery is one of the best ways to de-stress your holiday prep!
Here are 22 of our top picks for perfect, professional pies in Pennsylvania:
Highland Orchards has an incredible line up of pies this year, perfect for your Thanksgiving table. Sweet potato crunch, apple caramel walnut, chocolate mousse, and traditional apple, pumpkin, and pecan pies are just a few of the delicious pies including a fine selection of no-sugar varieties, as well as their delicious apple cider donuts to start your day. Call ahead. 1000 Marshallton-Thorndale Road, West Chester; (610) 269-3494.
Yori’s Church Street Bakery offers both traditional pies (apple, pumpkin, pecan, etc.), as well as a large selection of refrigerated pies (key lime, chocolate mousse, etc.) and specialty pies (Dutch apple, French apple and caramel apple). All pies come in either an 8- or 10-inch size, and are available with lattice top, cinnamon butter crumb top, or a fully covered top. Call (610) 344-9674 to order. 15 N. Church St., West Chester; (610) 344-9674.
Local, organic produce is the name of the game on Malvern Buttery‘s Thanksgiving menu. You do not want to miss out on some of the most sophisticated seasonal baked goods around, such as their Autumn Cobbler Pie filled with spiced apples and roasted yams and their classic pumpkin pie with a white chocolate-brown butter whipped ganache and topped with roasted pepitas. Bonus points for picking up some sea salt sables, as well. 233 E. King St., Malvern; (610) 296-2534.
It just makes sense: A farm that grows apples and pumpkins is going to make amazing apple and pumpkin pies! Hollabaugh Bros. in Adams County has got all kinds of homemade goodies made with the freshest seasonal produce, including the classic pumpkin, pecan and apple pies. Sugar-free pie is available, as are breads, doughnuts, quiche, fresh produce and more. 545 Carlisle Rd. Biglerville; (717) 677-8412.
Gateau Monique is an adorable bakery specializing in European and American pastries, and has set aside some pies for the Thanksgiving rush. Give Chef Monique a ring at (717) 900-4916 to see what flavors are still available and to place your order! 5 S. Queen St., Littlestown; (717) 900-4916.
The Pennsylvania Bakery has so much going on for Thanksgiving! Pies abound, with different sizes, sugar-free options and plenty of flavors. Don’t miss out on the other seasonal specials, like apple cider doughnuts, caramel apple cheesecake, fall butter cookies, and literally dozens of other sweets. Gluten-free options are on the menu, too! 1713 Market St., Camp Hill; (717) 763-7755.
There are too many pies to list on offer this year from Butcher’s Farm Market: French apple, pecan, pumpkin custard, and peanut butter are just a few. For pie skeptics, pick up a crowd-pleasing whoopie pies in a variety of flavors while you’re at it! 590 N. 4th St., Newport; (717) 567-353.
Pies Galore wants to lend a hand with your dessert spread this year. It’s got more than 65 pie flavors to choose from the following pie flavors available: apple, blueberry, caramel apple, caramel apple pecan, mincemeat, pecan, chocolate pecan, pumpkin, pumpkin custard, pumpkin praline, triple berry, cherry, shoofly and peanut butter. How will you ever choose? Call or email [email protected] to order. 76 E. Main St., Mt. Joy; (717) 492-4058.
Bird in Hand Bake Shop offers a range of pies in different sizes and flavors (some sugar-free ones, too!), so you’re not stuck with pumpkin, if it’s not your favorite. Try the seasonal special, sweet potato pie, or keep it classic Pennsylvania with one of its award-winning shoofly pies. Call to order. 542 Gibbons Rd., Bird in Hand; (717) 656-7947.
Are you vegan, or expecting guests with plant-based diets at your Thanksgiving gathering? No problem! Pick up a homemade vegan pie at Vegan Treats, one of the most well-known vegan bakeries in the region and in the whole country! Its shop is open every day, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. 1444 Linden St, Bethlehem; (610) 861-7660.
Pappy’s Orchard & Bakery, a charming family-owned farm and market in Coopersburg, is ready to hook you up with a tasty fresh-baked pie this year, such as caramel apple, chocolate cream, and southern pecan! Traditional PA Dutch treats, like Funny Pie and shoofly pie are also available, as are a huge range of other desserts, like cookies, cheesecakes, cakes and pastries. Open daily Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 2576 Cassel Rd., Coopersburg; (215) 679-3981.
The Main Line & Western ‘Burbs
Serving the community with delicious breads, cakes, pies and other baked goods for more than six decades, the R. Weinrich German Bakery knows quite a bit about what it takes to bake a delectable pie. Pick up one of these delightful flavors to rock your dessert spread: apple, classic pumpkin, pecan, or coconut cream – many with your choice of lattice, covered, or crumb top. 3545 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square; (610) 356-9918.
The Bakery House is locked and loaded for all your Thanksgiving treat needs! Place an order for one of The Bakery House’s expertly-crafted pies in fall-fabulous flavors, such as their best-selling apple pecan caramel, or their apple cranberry ginger, and traditional pumpkin. Other options include fruit tarts, pumpkin crisp, a 3-D pumpkin cake, and a dozen other delights. 604 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr; (610) 525-4139.
Linvilla Orchards delivers year after year, not only with farm-fresh turkeys, but with beautiful pies. The menu includes too many pies to count (seriously, like, dozens), but highlights include chocolate chip pecan, 5 fruit holiday, and apple cranberry. Call (610) 876-7116. 598 Linvilla Rd., Media; (610) 876-7116.
Piebird, a bakery dedicated entirely to pies (it even has a PIE CLUB!) offers a variety of seasonal flavors including pumpkin custard, cranberry raspberry ginger crumb, and salted caramel apple pie. With so much pie passion behind this homegrown bakery, you can pretty much bet pies are going to be out of this world! 5304 Butler St., Pittsburgh; (412) 448-6348.
While Prohibition Pastries has closed its retail operations, never fear their pies with that little extra kick can be found at a variety of shops in the greater Pittsburgh region. So, if you enjoy a glass of wine or three to get through Thanksgiving … we get it! Their spiked goodies include rum pumpkin, apple whiskey, and whiskey berry and cream! Pre-order online. 7105 Reynolds Street, Pittsburgh: (412) 242-3300.
Crust Vegan Bakery offers a bevy of animal product-free treats: sweet potato, pecan, apple and pumpkin pies! Order these 9-inch pies online, and choose pick-up at one of three locations (Crust’s storefront in Manayunk, Grindcore in West Philly, or one of their many wholesale partners. 4409 Main St., Philadelphia:(215) 532-7867.
A mainstay in the Reading Terminal Market, Flying Monkey Bakery is perhaps best-known for its whoopie pies. But it knows a thing or two about traditional pumpkin, pecan, and apple pies and has some awesome other flavors including s’mores, peanut butter cup, and chocolate cream. Other seasonal cakes and treats found here include their November Cake of the Month - Carrot Snap! 51 N. 12th Street, Philadelphia: 215-928-0340
You might know Lynn Sandy’s Bakery for its incredible cake creations, but it’s also got pies aplenty. The classics are all there — pumpkin, apple, and apple crumb — but its Thanksgiving pie menu goes further, with apple cream, caramel apple, coconut custard, and so many other flavors. Not that into pie? Cheesecakes, pumpkin cupcakes and cookies, brownies, and plenty of other treats are on offer. Call ahead to order, then pick up in the shop. 619 Pittston Ave., Scranton; (570) 346-2440.
Minooka Pastry Shop has all kinds of pies on deck, but this time of year, it’s all about the pumpkin and pumpkin cream pies. It also offers gluten-free pumpkin, apple crumb, and lemon meringue! These are all super-popular, so it’s best to call in your order or place it online in advance. 3276 Birney Ave. Scranton; (570) 342-1876.
Looking for phenomenal pies in York? Look no further than The Copper Crust, which has put together an extensive holiday list of goodies. All types of fruit, chocolate and classic Thanksgiving pies are available. A bounty of cheesecakes, loaf cakes, pastries and more are on the menu, too, including gluten-free items. 966. S. George St., York; (717) 650-6235.
Pies, pies and more pies hit the ovens at Brown’s Orchard & Farm Market! Call to place your order for pumpkin, apple, mincemeat, or egg custard pie and more. Plenty of other baked treats are available, too, such as muffins, brownies and pumpkin sugar cake. 8892 Susquehanna Trail South, Loganville; (717) 428-2036.
Where’s your go-to bakery for delicious pies and holiday treats in Pennsylvania? Let us know!
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