Pie Showdown Pumpkin Pie

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Thanksgiving Pie Showdown: Perfectly Pumpkin


As the countdown for Thanksgiving approaches one week(!), we continue our Thanksgiving Pie Showdown to help you find the best pies in Metro Detroit. Last week the argument was made as to why pecan pies are the best pies, and while they are no doubt a great combination of sweet and nutty, it doesn’t match the even better combination of fall flavors found in a pumpkin pie.

Despite the winter blast we all “enjoyed” last week, there is no pie that better embodies the spirit of the fall than pumpkin. The pumpkin flavor goes perfectly with crisp afternoons, flannel jackets, and the crunch of leaves under our feet. While we know that Michigan doesn’t always corroborate with our seasonal desires, there’s no denying that a freshly made pumpkin pie deserves a spot on the Thanksgiving table.

The brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg flavors matched with the perfect amount of whipped cream on top is enough to make us want to skip right to dessert. So if your mouth is watering as much as ours is right now, here are some places where you can grab the perfect pumpkin pie for your holiday table. 

Avalon Cafe & Kitchen

Avalon Cafe & Kitchen prides itself on organic goods including their famous international breads and sweets. If you look at their monthly specials, you’ll find their 100% organic flour pies includes a pumpkin pie. Mixed with a little spice, their pumpkin pie enhances its pumpkin flavor with just the perfect amount of kick.

Hermann’s Bakery

Hermann’s Bakery in Royal Oak has been a family tradition for generations and their ‘made from scratch’ approach continues to this day. Their vast sweets menu includes plenty of pumpkin flavors in all shapes and sizes including pumpkin pies, pumpkin jack pie squares, and pumpkin walnut bars. You can also check out their pumpkin cheesecakes, angel food, and chiffon for more pumpkin deliciousness.

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Jeni’s Ugly Pies

Jenis Ugly Pies

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Jeni’s Ugly Pies promotes ‘pies and happiness’ and with their vast pie menu, they achieve just that. Their fresh roasted seasonal pumpkin pie is baked fresh and even available gluten-free. If you must have that pecan taste on your pie, you can also get their pumpkin pie with pecan crumbles on top.

Zingerman’s Bakehouse

Zingerman’s in Ann Arbor is famous for countless items, including numerous tasty desserts from their Bakehouse. Their pumpkin pie is made with Indonesian cinnamon, ginger, clove, and Michigan honey combining the perfect amount of richness and sweetness in every bite. For more pumpkin goodness, be sure to try their pumpkin muffins made with toasted walnuts.

Grand Traverse Pie Company

When you think of Traverse City and the Grand Traverse Pie Company, you probably think of cherries first. That’s fair, but you shouldn’t sleep on their great pie menu including their sweetly dense pumpkin pie. The flaky crust and mousse-like texture is a perfect compliment to a Thanksgiving meal, and has the option of being topped with toasted pecans.

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