The holidays have arrived and the pies of Texas are upon you. It’s time for sweet tidings and homemade gifts of rich, crunchy pecan, pumpkin crowned in whipped cream; freshly baked apple with warm spices, and dark chocolate pie swathed in flaky buttery crust. Get pie-eyed with these three locations that are serving up must-try holiday pies.
Life’s short. Eat more pie.
Designer Pies in Dallas
The oversized pies at smash-hit Emporium Pies are so gorgeous, you hesitate to cut into them. Perfectly crimped, sturdy gold medal-winning crusts are the secret to this eye candy. This Drunken Nut pie starring whole fresh pecans and brown sugar spiked with bourbon is worth the calorie splurge. Also popular: Spiced Pumpkin Custard pie in a gingersnap shell or the French silk chocolate pretzel-crusted Smooth Operator. A second location recently opened in McKinney—just in time for the holiday dessert rush.
Gluten Free in Austin
Executive pastry chef Janina O’Leary of TRACE in the W Hotel consistently creates beautiful, cutting edge desserts—be it childhood recreations or her specialty, homemade ice cream. She’s also plugged into diet concerns like gluten sensitivity. Pie lovers rejoice: O’Leary crafts this seasonal gluten-free rich and silky Maldon (sea salt) dark chocolate pie topped with fluffy vanilla bean whipped cream that doesn’t skip a beat on authentic pie flavor. Also available on a rotating basis this winter: fig and apple streusel and dark chocolate candied pecan pies worth dieting for.
Crème de la Crème in Houston
With three Ooh La La Dessert Boutique locations classically trained pastry chef-owner Vanessa O’Donnell knows her way around a pastry frosting tip. Seasonal pie by the slice and individual sized Cutie Pies are on display daily (whole pies require two days notice for pickup). Coconut meringue and tart Key lime pie are top sellers, but who can resist her stunning iconic pumpkin pie made with a savory pumpkin filling redolent of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves, and topped with a cinnamon-dusted whipped cream wreath?