Scoop: Local Thanksgiving Desserts

Seattle bakeries offering seasonal pies that put a twist on traditional Thanksgiving desserts.

By Grace Geiger December 31, 1969

This article originally appeared in the November 2010 issue of Seattle magazine.

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;

2. Shoofly
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;

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;

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;

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;

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;

Published November 2010


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