Perfect Pies for the Holidays
Which pies to look for this season, from pecan to pear pumpkin to pizza.
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Make it from Scratch
Need to brush up on your pie-making skills? Sign up for Pie 101 at Sur La Table. The Saturday class will cover all the pie basics—from rolling out the crust to perfecting your fillings. The best part? You taste the benefits from all of your hard work. There’s nothing like the smell of homemade apple pie… $69, November 2 at 10 am Sur La Table, The Westchester, White Plains (914) 220-9810; Noon, Westchester’s Ridge Hill, 167 Market St, Yonkers (914) 652-9643; surlatable.com
The Pie Event
Pros(e) of Pie, created by Ivy Eisenberg and Zak Shusterman, is designed to bring people together for an evening of stories and sweets. The $10 entry fee includes entertainment, pie-sampling, homemade desserts, and beverages. No participation—public speaking or pie-making—is necessary to enjoy this monthly event, hosted at Tarrytown’s W@tercooler workspace. Saturday, November 9 at 8 pm, W@ter cooler 21 N Broadway, Tarrytown proseofpie.com
The Pie Alternative
Not a fan of pie, but can’t get enough of those holiday flavors? Make everyone happy with these delicious desserts:
Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes
$18-$36/dozen Sweet & Social, Larchmont
These delicacies pack pumpkin-pie flavor in both traditional and miniature sizes. The spice cake, replete with walnuts and raisins, is topped with a pumpkin-flavored cream cheese.
1935A Palmer Ave (914) 630-4834; sweetandsocial.com
$16/lb Red Barn Bakery, Irvington
Also available in chocolate pecan, Red Barn’s biscotti are more delicate than the biscotti of holidays past. They do, however, still pair perfectly with a cup of hot coffee. Dunking suggested.
4 S Aster St (914) 231-7779; redbarnbakery.com
Intoxikate.com creator Katie Schlientz’s love affair with food started after she cooked her first family dinner. On the menu? Straight-out-of-the-box mac ‘n cheese. Her cooking skills and palate have certainly matured, and she loves sharing a good meal with friends.