Local Bakers to Satisfy Your Sweet and Savory Pie Cravings

Dig into creations by Hip Hop Bake Shop, Village Hand Pies, and more this holiday season
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Hip Hop Bake Shop’s fall lineup features a range of pies inspired by rap music, inluding the Bonita Apple Crumb (top right), A Pie Called Chess (bottom), and a classic pumpkin topped with fresh cream, chopped pecans, and pumpkin seeds.

Lush Yummies Pie Co. 

What started with the Classic Lemon Butta Pie, one buttery pie crust with a silky lemon cream filling, has since evolved into a line of celeb-favorite flavors. TV and film producer Lena Waithe shared the pies with fellow Hollywood A-listers, and in 2020, the Detroit-based pie company was recognized among Oprah’s Favorite Things for its Peach Butta Cobbler, a recipe passed down from founder Jennifer Lyle’s grandfather. Dig into layers of crumbles, filling, and pie crust with Lush Yummies’ recently released Butta Cups, Lyle’s famous pies packed into a pint-sized cup. Enjoy them chilled, or pop them in the microwave for a warm dessert. Lush Yummies Pie Co. Herman’s Butta Cup Collection, $64 for four cups, at lushyummiespie.co 

Halcyon Patisserie 

Slices of pies from this small-batch scratch kitchen line the shelves of the glass baked-goods box at The Gathering Coffee Co. year-round. This season, a 9-inch Chai Spiced Sweet Potato Pie featuring toasted coconut notes and a fluffy meringue topping will be available just in time for family gatherings. Halcyon Patisserie Chai Spiced Sweet Potato Pie, $20.50, at The Gathering Coffee Co., 2831 E. Grand Blvd., Detroit; gatheringcoffee.com

Hip Hop Bake Shop 

Detroit baker Adela Bejo adds edge to traditional pies with names and flavors inspired by hip-hop classics and rap icons. Take her fall offerings, for example. A Pie Called Chess is a cranberry chess riff on the iconic rap group A Tribe Called Quest, while Bonita Apple Crumb is an apple crumb pie with a nod to the group’s cult-favorite single “Bonita Applebum.” Hip Hop Bake Shop A Pie Called Chess and Bonita Apple Crumb, $35 each,
at hiphopbakeshop.com

Sister Pie 

With its warm notes and flecks of sea salt glistening on the surface, Sister Pie’s signature Salted Maple Pie is a menu staple throughout the year, but it’s especially fitting for fall. Preorders for the pie shop’s Thanksgiving menu, which includes Salted Maple along with flavors like Cranberry Crumble and Brandy Pecan, will be accepted beginning Nov. 4. A limited number of pies will also be available in-store on a first-come basis Nov. 23 and 24 for last-minute shoppers on dessert duty for the Thanksgiving holiday.  Sister Pie Thanksgiving pies, $33-$38, at Sister Pie, 8066 Kercheval Ave., Detroit; 313-447-5550; sisterpie.com

Village Hand Pies

Why save your pies for dessert when you can just as easily add them to the dinner menu? Village Hand Pies offers a range of savory hand pies in sophisticated flavors to elevate your table setting. Try the Carcassonne VHP Cassoulet, a slow-simmered stew of Toulouse sausage, duck confit, pork, and white beans, or the Big Trouble. Little Pie., stuffed with roast pork, sautéed shallots, apples with cheddar crumbles, and stone-ground mustard. There are vegetarian options, too, featuring farm-fresh vegetables, Soyrizo, and mushroom bourguignon. Village Hand Pies, $8-$12 each, at villagehandpies.com and on Instagram @villagehandpies for weekly pop-up location announcements

This story is featured in the November 2021 issue of Hour Detroit magazine. Read more stories in our digital edition.