Thanks to the holiday season, we all have more reason to gorge on baked goods. Pies and tarts are classic sweets during this time of year. If you are not one to tie on an apron and roll out crust, here are a few of the best pies and tarts you can order or grab to-go during the remainder of the holidays.
Chocolate Pecan Pie
Superba Food + Bread
1900 South Lincoln Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90291
Superba Food + Bread’s six-inch Chocolate Pecan Pie was a popular dessert order for Thanksgiving. Luckily for you, it’s also available through the month of December. Buttery, toasted pecans sit atop a gooey blend with sorghum molasses in a pecan crust and a dusting of Valrhona cocoa make for something you won’t want to miss. The larger pie is only available via special order, but if you want a mini Chocolate Pecan pie, just head into the shop, and grab one of the individual servings.
7122 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Combining both sweet and tart, Susina Bakery’s Cranberry Crumble is made up of plump cranberries and a sweet, baked custard which is sandwiched between buttery shortcrust and a crunchy hazelnut-vanilla topping. If you are a fan of cranberries during the holidays, this is a dessert that screams your name. Place an advance order, so your tart is ready for quick pick-up.
Simplethings Sandwich and Pie Shop
8310 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA
Known for both its delicious sandwiches, and desserts like their mini pies, Simplethings delivers for the holiday season. This season, splurge on the nine-inch Pumpkin Streusel pie which will definitely make you want more than just two bites. Combining everything you love about pumpkin pie and baked crumble topping, this flavor is only available in-store Tuesday-Thursday as mini pies, so place an early order for the large pie before the holidays get too crazy.
Big Sugar Bakeshop
12182 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604
This holiday season, Porch Pies offers a true-blue Southern classic on its menu, its Buttermilk Pie. The simple, custard-style pie has been likened to the American South’s version of crème brûlée with its signature caramelized top over a creamy blend of butter, eggs, sugar and lightly tangy buttermilk. It is one of the few pies that can be truly enjoyed warm, room temperature or cold. Place an order for delivery, or grab it from the Porch Pies pop-up counter at Big Sugar Bakeshop.
714 Traction Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90013
With its own version of a classic Southern pie, Pie Hole delivers up its Yam Tart complete with a smooth blend of roasted yams, brown butter, brown sugar and vanilla baked into a butter crust. To finish it off, a dollop of torched marshmallow meringue sits on top. Pie Hole suggests pairing each piece with Angel City Brewery’s Vanilla Porter for the perfect holiday treat.
Pot Pie Garden
861 North La Cienega Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90069
If you’re planning a holiday dinner out with friends and family, try Barton G.’s Pot Pie Garden. Your order comes with a selection of six potted pies, including Cherry with cherries jubilee and whipped cream, Apple with rosemary roasted apples and streusel and Mississippi Mud Pie with chocolate pudding and crumbled chocolate sandwich cookies. Each terra cotta gardening pot is topped with crunchy chocolate “dirt”, and in true Barton G. form, you receive a pair of gloves and shears to match the dessert’s whimsical, over-the-top vibe.
Granny Smith & Marzipan Torte de Mela
9201 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
For the true apple lover, head over to RivaBella for The Granny Smith & Marzipan Torte de Mela, a riff of France’s traditional tarte tartin. For something truly delicious, caramelized apples are topped with more caramel, vanilla mascarpone, dots of marzipan and crumbled Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Say “oui” if you are offered a slice or two.
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