DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. -- Holiday pie is good any way you slice it.
Sweeten the day with to-go options that are as good as Grandma used to make -- and quite probably better. Just order early (as is now); Thanksgiving will be here before you know it..
Apple Pie Bakery Café (1946 Campus Dr, Hyde Park, 845-905-4500): The classic double crust apple is a mainstay of this CIA favorite. You can order fresh or frozen. Other options include pumpkin, pecan and Dutch apple crumble as well as all three varieties in gluten-free editions. Order before Friday, Nov. 16.
Bread Alone Bakery (43 E Market Street #45, Rhinebeck, 845-876-3108 ): Pecan, Hudson Valley apple, apple raspberry crumb and pumpkin are available for the holiday; order by Monday, Nov. 21.
Caffe Aurora (145 Mill Street, Poughkeepsie, 845-454-1900) : Once a year this Italian pastry shop -- in business since 1941 -- makes traditional classic American pies including cherry, apple, coconut custard and apple. Order anytime; though orders are encouraged sooner rather than later.
Ella's Bellas, (418 Main Street, Beacon, 845-765-8502): Vegan desserts and gluten-free pies including pecan bourbon (with Hudson Valley bourbon), fudge (with Fair Trade chocolate), apple and pumpkin (local, organic) are part of the repertoire here. All are made with local fruit and Feather Ridge Farm eggs, Hudson Valley fresh dairy and Ronnybrook butter. The last day to order was Nov. 13 but there will be pies in the case available on Thanksgiving day from 8 a.m. to noon so go early or get the day before.
La Deliziosa Italian Pastry Shoppe (10 Mount Carmel Pl, Poughkeepsie, 845-471-3636): Pies are made at one time only at this Italian bakery -- at Thanksgiving - and include apple, apple crumb, Boston cream, cherry , mince, strawberry rhubarb, peach cobbler, banana cream, chocolate mouse, lemon meringue, pecan, pumpkin and blueberry. Order as soon as possible.
Paesano's Bakery (1545 Rte. 52, Fishkill, 845-897-5890): Along with traditional Italian pies, you can also find cherry, blueberry, peach, pineapple, coconut custard, strawberry rhubarb and mince. Order early, though rest assured there will be plenty of pies available Thanksgiving day as well.
McKinney & Doyle-The Corner Bakery, (10 Charles Colman Blvd., Pawling, 845-855-3707): Old fashioned apple pie, sour cream apple pie, coconut custard, and pumpkin are on the menu at this popular bakery where everything is made from scratch. Order by noon bt Monday, Nov. 21.
Tiramisu (810 NY-82, Hopewell Junction, 845-227-8707) Wheat pies are on the menu along with other traditional Italian and American goodies such as pecan, apple and pumpkin pies. Order as soon as possible, then pick up on Thanksgiving day when the eatery will be open from 9 a.m. to noon.
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