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Oh, The Pie-sibilities On National Pie Day

One of the things to do on my “Things To Do Before I’m 25″ list is to bake a pie from scratch. Why before I’m 25? Eh, no real reason other than it seems like a good skill to have under my belt and who doesn’t love pie?? Actually, I’m sure there are many people out there who are not huge fans so National Pie Day isn’t for you.

If you’re with the other (read: smarter) half of the human race who agrees that pie is greater than cake, read on. January 23rd is your day to celebrate, so pull out your rolling pin or pack the kids in the minivan to make a trip to the local bakery. In all seriousness, there are some pretty amazing pies in the Indianapolis area. I’m just giving you a reason to set aside your New Year’s resolution for an afternoon and eat a slice (or two) of this tasty dessert.

The Best Pies in Indianapolis are as Follows:

  1. Sugar Cream Pie from Locally Grown Gardens. Sugar cream pies are an Indiana tradition and this fresh, made from scratch pie almost has a crème brulee flavor that will keep you coming back for more. Locally Grown Gardens also always has an apple pie on their menu.sugar cream pieThis was my first ever sugar cream pie! Who knew I had been missing out on such a delicious hoosier tradition.
  2. “I Love You” Pie from My Sugar Pie in Zionsville. This pie is like a warm homemade chocolate chip cookie in your mouth. If you’re looking for more pie options, My Sugar Pie offers twenty-seven fruit pies, seven cream pies, and five specialty pies. Make sure to order ahead of time if you have your eye on something specific.
  3. Bourbon Pie from Jazzy Doris Pies. I’ve heard she’s only at the Indianapolis City Market on Wednesdays selling her baked from scratch goodies, but they are a must-have.
  4. Pecan Pie from The Garrison Restaurant at Fort Harrison State Park. All ingredients are fresh and the pastry chef creates this favorite pie from scratch.
  5. Hoosier Mud Pie from Shapiro’s Delicatessen. Though pies aren’t necessarily their main focus, the Hoosier Mud Pie will satisfy any chocolate craving.

I hope you all have a wonderful National Pie Day whether you’re baking your own or trying out one of Indy’s famous pies. And for those of you who are still not convinced of the power of pie, I give you “Cake Versus Pie: A Scientific Approach” by Hyperbole and a Half. You’re welcome.

Mike Woods