Posts Tagged ‘strawberry rhubarb pie’

Deborah’s Pies

May 12, 2017

It’s farmer’s market season once again, and why not start with Ballard (my personal favorite, along with the U-District market)? There were all my old favorites – Soda Jerk, Pete’s Toffee, Sweet Caroline… and a new vendor (well, new to me) called Deborah’s Pies.

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Deborah was there, in the flesh, selling a variety of both sweet and savory pies. I appreciated the range of flavors, not to mention the different size options. I went with two small pies – strawberry rhubarb, and marionberry.

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The pies came with specific reheating instructions, which I followed to the letter and served with ice cream. The verdict? Marionberry was the winner (the rhubarb pie was a little runny). We did feel the crusts could have been flakier, but overall, not a bad slice of pie!

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Adrienne’s Cakes and Pies

May 30, 2015

The U-District Farmers Market is one of my favorite foodie activities in Seattle, and I was excited to see how many new dessert vendors they’ve added. I restricted myself to just one on this last visit, but I’ll be back to try the others. I chose Adrienne’s Cakes and Pies because the fresh rhubarb won’t be around forever, and I can’t say no to strawberry rhubarb pie.

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There was a decent selection of mini-pies and cupcakes, and I chose two of each. (Side note: the best thing about mini-pies is the high crust-to-filling ratio.)  For my cupcakes I picked the samoa and chocolate:

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The samoa cupcake didn’t do it for me (a little bland) but the chocolate cupcake was excellent (especially the cake part) and the pie was on point. But the winner was actually the mixed berry pie:

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I loved the crust of both pies, but the mixed berry had the right amount of sweetness and an incredibly bright taste.  Adrienne’s doesn’t have a storefront, but makes appearances at several farmers markets (including West Seattle and Columbia City). Check the website for details and then check them out!

Yippie Pie Yay

June 16, 2014

I’m not a pie person. Real dessert to me means cake. That being said, I wasn’t about to turn down a snack from Yippie-Pie-Yay during a recent visit to the U-District Farmers Market. I had read about this cottage industry pie spot, but didn’t think I’d get the chance to try it until they opened up a brick and mortar location (which it looks like they may do in the near future). So I was pretty excited when I saw them at the farmer’s market (although I haven’t seen them there since!):

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They had these tiny little buttermilk pies, which I had never heard of, but they sounded like a good idea. It was actually a GREAT idea, and the only problem was that I didn’t get more of them (or just get a full-sized pie). Creamy texture, sweet but with a tang, and a lovely buttery crust… I had to try more. So I went for the strawberry-rhubarb hand pie:

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Again, full marks for flavor, texture, and fat. It didn’t even need to be warmed up or served a la mode – it stands alone. Honestly, even if you’re like me and not a huge fan of pies, these will not disappoint. My new favorite of all the Seattle pie shops (and there are a lot). I can’t wait for them to actually have a store!

Ballard Market

August 4, 2013

The Ballard Farmers Market is one of my favorites. Veraci Pizza, mini-donuts, and plenty of amazing produce.  Not to mention my two dessert stops last week: Pete’s Perfect Toffee and Deborah’s Pies.  Pete’s Toffee was indeed perfect – and I have a very high standard for toffee.

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There were quite a few flavors to choose from, including spicy chili, coconut, and espresso, but I went with the – you guessed it – dark chocolate. Rich, a little salty, crunchy, buttery, and ohhhh just perfect. He also sells containers of crumbled toffee, perfect for an ice cream topping.

Second stop was Deborah’s Homemade Pies. I went straight for the strawberry rhubarb mini-pie, which I took home, warmed up, and ate with ice cream…

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Loved it!! Crust was buttery deliciousness and the filling was tart (the way rhubarb should be!) but perfect with the ice cream. They had all kinds of pies, in several of different sizes. I’d go back to try a peach pie!

 

Pie Bar

May 28, 2013

Why not combine two of the most enjoyable culinary experiences in life – drinks and dessert – into one? Why not indeed, as this is the concept behind Pie Bar, a relatively new Capitol Hill bar that serves not only beer and pie, but delicious “pie-tini” drink concoctions. The small, triangular space is tucked away on Olive right by the freeway, but quite welcoming with great service.

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After a round of beer and a chicken fajita pie (they have quite a few of the savory variety) we progressed to dessert, starting with strawberry rhubarb pie (served a-la-mode, naturally), which I have to say is even better than my dad’s (sorry dad). It was made extra special by the topping, which crumbly and very buttery. The crust -the part I’m most picky about – was top-notch.

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Dessert round two was a pie-tini of the key lime variety. It really did taste like a liquid (and alcoholic) key lim pie. It had a milky, frothy texture and was nicely tart. Of special note was the pie crust crumble rim (rather than a sugar or salt rim).

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Pie Bar is a special spot that I hope will stick around for a long time. You don’t need an excuse to go try it – there’s always a reason to eat (or drink) pie.