It’s officially pie time, but unless you’ve perfected your crust or have a signature filling that would make Paul Hollywood drool, there’s no reason to labor over a slab of dough. There are many great bakeries in the region, and we encourage you to find your favorite and patronize it this holiday season. Here’s a shortlist to get you started:
The Main Line’s go-to for bakery celebrates the solstice time with apple pecan caramel, pear cranberry pecan and Boston crème pies.
604 Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr, (610) 525-4139, thebakeryhouse.net
The Bakeshop on 20th
Rittenhouse Square’s adorable bake shop can sate your seasonal dessert cravings. Order ahead for maple walnut pecan, apple caramel crumb and maple pumpkin pies.
269 S. 20th Street, (215) 644-9714, bakeshopon20th.com
Beiler’s Amish Bakery
This Reading Terminal staple may be best known for its whimsical donut flavors, but don’t sleep on the luxuriant apple, pecan and shoofly pies.
51 N. 12th Street, (215) 351-0735
David’s Southern Fried Pies
A relative newcomer to the local food scene, this Northeast-based bakery specializes in crispy hand pies but also proffers wonderful classics with Philly names like Boyz 2 Men (pecan) and Ron Hextal (sweet potato/banana).
8601 Frankford Avenue, (215) 941-1940, dsouthernfriedpies.org
Flying Monkey Bakery
Dessert doesn’t get more fun than at this stand in Reading Terminal Market where the most famous dish is Pummple Cake (actually apple and pumpkin pies baked into a layer cake). Buy by the slice or order a whole one with 72 hours notice.
51 N. 12th Street, (215) 928-0340, flyingmonkeyphilly.com
The Frosted Fox Cake Shop
Mt. Airy’s dessert mecca has Thanksgiving and Christmas covered with pumpkin, sweet potato, pecan, apple crumble and pear ginger pies.
6511 Germantown Avenue, (267) 900-5453, frostedfoxcakeshop.com
Magpie Artisan Pie Boutique
A laser focus on what it does best makes the South Street shop a force. Seasonally changing, always-satisfying pies both sweet and savory can be ordered by the slice or as a whole.
1622 South Street, (267) 519-2904, iluvmagpie.com
Pie Lady Café
Main Street Moorestown, NJ’s pie maven serves up a famous apple crumb, along with dozens of other varieties. Call ahead for a whole pie.
9. E. Main Street, Moorestown, NJ, (856) 778-7437, facebook.com/pieladycafe