Where to Find The Best Holiday Pies
Thanksgiving simply wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without pie. Whether it’s grandmother’s recipe made at home, or good stuff from an artisan bakery, pie simply makes the table complete.
It’s not too early to plan for Hanukah or Christmas, either, with these delicious, fresh pies from Sonoma County. Since pies are so popular, be sure to call ahead to make sure your favorites are available, and be ready to pick them up a day ahead. For pie perfection, why not try:
This Russian River gem is hidden away next to a hotel lodge, about a mile from downtown Cazadero. To get there, you need to travel on Highway 116, approximately 8 miles through the woods west of Guerneville or 4 miles east of Hwy. 1.
Then you turn north on Cazadero Highway and continue another 5-1/2 miles until you see The Elim Grove Cottages. But oh, is it worth the drive. The bakery nestles beneath the majestic old growth redwoods that tower above Austin Creek. On any given day, the bakery is hard-at-work, crafting breads, muffins, cinnamon rolls, buttermilk blueberry scones, croissants, lemon bars, apple coffeecake, cookies, fruit tarts, turnovers, double chocolate brownies, biscotti, palmiers, Danish and, or course, pies.
5400 Cazadero Hwy., Cazadero, 707-632-5335
Just follow the intoxicating aromas wafting from the tidy bakery on Petaluma Blvd. North between Washington St. and Western Ave.
Whether you want sweet or savory, it’s here, in glorious flavors built on local and organic ingredients and ranging from pear-quince ginger-cardamom pie or German chocolate coconut, to curried cauliflower and chickpea or mixed mushroom with goat gouda pie. Yes, there are classics, too, such as chocolate pudding, banana cream, apple, pumpkin, and rhubarb.
125 Petaluma Blvd. N., Ste. D, Petaluma, 707-347-9743
Nestled among the apple orchards sits an old-fashioned market and new warehouse shop stocked to the rafters with handcrafted goodies like pie. Pie, pie, pie. In flavors ranging from finger-licking blackberry, to raspberry peach, to Gravenstein apple, all topped in golden lattice crusts.
Seasonal pumpkin is sumptuous, but the legendary pecan streusel crumb-top and double-crust pies are all irresistible, of recipes born in1952 when matriarch Carmen Kozlowski needed to find a use for an overabundant harvest of berries and apples on the property.
You can get the treats as pie tarts, too (hint, save some for later, after the guests have gone home).
5566 Hwy. 116, Forestville, 707-887-1587
Betty Carr makes her double-crust apples pies fresh, by hand, using high-quality, locally-grown apples. They are big, puffy capped beauties, and the originals are made with Gravenstein apples from August to November, and Granny Smith apples from November to July. But you can get other seasonal flavors, too, like apricot, blackberry, cherry, peach, raspberry, rhubarb, wild blueberry and most definitely pumpkin and pecan. Save room for a cream pie, too – chocolate or coconut, perhaps?
4550 Gravenstein Hwy. North, Sebastopol, 707-823-8330
If a bakery has been open since 1923, as this one has, it has to be doing something right. Just one example of that something is pie, made with wholesome fresh ingredients including pure butter, farm fresh eggs, real vanilla and unbleached flour. Classic fruit pies are deep-dish 8-inch flaky buttery crust models with season fruits like pumpkin. Or go wild, and indulge with a signature creamy Bavarian custard pie, encased in buttery pâte sucré and topped with a generous amount of fresh seasonal fruit.
417 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg, 707-433-1913
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