|It's high time for pie time|
March 14 used to be the day that held national significance for lovers of flaky pastry and mathematical constants alike, but the American Pie Council has declared today, January 23, National Pie Day, and its purpose is to "pass on the love and enjoyment of pie eating and pie making to future generations." If you're wondering why this day was specifically chosen as National Pie Day, the APC has a predictably cute and pretty convincing answer. "It's 1/23 because celebrating the wholesome goodness of pie is as easy as 1-2-3."
Sounds like it's not just your luxury as a baker but your duty as an American to observe this righteous food holiday. Since the APC didn't exactly outline steps 1-2-3, the Hot Dish has a few suggestions as to how you can celebrate locally.
1. If you can postpone your pie-eating until the weekend (they have limited hours in the winter), take a little road trip to Stockholm Pie Company, about an hour and a half drive from the Twin Cities, and sample some of the 30-plus varieties of award-winning handmade pies. If you're a big planner, you can even order select flavors to be shipped right to your house for next year's celebration.
Cafe's Key Lime Pie, a luscious tart and tangy treat, is now served year-round instead of just the summer months. If you're closer to Northeast than Seward, you can also get a slice at Ginger Hop
. The restaurant gets Birchwood's signature pie delivered regularly.
3. The pie offering changes daily at Moose & Sadie's
in the North Loop, (today's is a sweet potato meringue), but whether it's a double-crust fruit pie or one topped with broiled peaks of cloud-like meringue, you can't make a bad choice. If you're feeling more like taking the savory route, they use their same slightly tangy flaky crust recipe in their daily quiche.
|Salty Tart has sweet and savory pies|
>4. Over at Salty Tart
, a perennial favorite for sweet pies, giant croissants, and some of the best classic cupcakes in town, they're doing a great little potato-and-cheese hand pie today that you can take to go.
5. If fruit pies aren't your thing, may we recommend a trip to Rustica
on West Lake Street?The bakery is most famous for their bread, but it has the most incredible milk chocolate tart. It's probably rich enough to share with a friend, but on National Pie Day you should really splurge and get two.