No dessert around the holidays seem to bring people together the way a delicious pie does. We’ve put together a list of new and old favourites, all of which will be sure to please family and friends this holiday season.
Here’s our 2020 list for Hamilton’s 10 best places to buy pie.
Zarky’s has been a Hamilton staple for over 30 years. Known for creating comfort foods at amazing prices, Zarky’s offers their customers fresh baked bread, pizza, baked goods, ready-to-go meals, and an incredible assortment of day-to-day groceries. No matter the season, Zarky’s is home to a great selection of pies ready to be picked up and enjoyed.
While pumpkin is a seasonal favourite, Zarky’s also offers cherry, triple berry, pecan, apple and other delectable flavours. Depending on the season, Zarky’s will incorporate other fillings such as rhubarb and peach.
If you’ve ever visited the Hamilton Farmer’s Market, there’s no way you’ve missed Lina’s European Pastries. Located on the bottom level of the market, Lina’s offers an incredible selection of inexpensive and delicious treats.
During and fall months, the shop begins to carry delicious homemade pies (we typically go for apple or pumpkin). They appear simple but don’t be fooled — they’re packed full of flavour!
A trip to Westdale isn’t complete without visiting Weil’s Bakery. This Hamilton staple creates breads and pastries from scratch, focusing on the recipes that their customers love and keep coming back for.
While Weil’s is known for their specialty cakes and pastries, every holiday season they bring back their ever-delicious pies. Apple, pumpkin, cherry — if it’s classic, they sell it.
For over 100 years, Bennett’s Apples has been a top spot when it comes to picking up delicious, fresh apples that are handpicked off the trees.
But, they also have a small market where you can pick up baked goods including some amazing pies and cider donuts!
This family farm also produces some of Hamilton’s finest ciders that’ll make you a hero this holiday season.
Sweet Paradise is an authentic Italian bakery that offers a wide variety of bread, pastries, specialty cakes, and so much more. While Sweet Paradise is known for their undeniably delicious fresh bread and unforgettable pastries (seriously, try the cannolis!), they also make some incredible pies.
Steve – who’s been with the bakery for 34 years – is the one behind the ‘Sweet Steve’s pumpkin pie’. It’s based on a 200-year-old recipe that’s a definite crowd pleaser.
Dyments Market & Bakery is famous for their homemade, country pies. From the dough being hand rolled by their bakers to the pie cooling off in the country air, Dyments makes sure their pies are made with plenty of love.
Dyments’ pies are the marriage of their passion and sweet-tooth coming together. The bakery uses a combination of different fruits, crusts and their famous “crumble top” to make their perfect pies.
Known for being pie specialists, the Tiny Shop Bakery has been in business for over 30 years. All of their pies and baked goods are made from scratch using the best quality ingredients.
The variety at Tiny Shop is unparalleled. They offer 36 flavours of pie — that’s right, 36! While they carry all of the traditional flavours and fall favourites, a visit to Tiny Shop is the perfect time to step outside your comfort zone and try something new.
No matter the season, Cake and Loaf delivers some of the best baked goods in Hamilton — holiday treats being their specialty.
Cake and Loaf’s pie selection features an assortment of whimsical, classic, and vegan treats. Looking for pumpkin or apple? They’ve got it. Want to step outside your comfort zone? Why not try their cookie dough or sweet potato marshmallow pie? The bakery also features three different options for those who follow a vegan lifestyle.
The Punch Bowl Market & Bakery is a unique family business, owned and operated by many generations of the Baruzza family. Located in a 150-year-old barn, this Hamilton favourite is neighbours with the Devil’s Punchbowl Conservation Area.
The bakery takes great pride in their delicious, home-style pies. Each pie is made from the finest ingredients, including locally grown fruit and even some of their very own home-grown rhubarb. They offer 15 different varieties of pie, including apple crisp, raspberry cream, pumpkin, and their famous peninsula pie.
Coming in at number one on our list is Carluke Orchards, a family business that has been in operation since 1965. Originally a pick-your-own apple operation, the orchard has grown to include one of the best bakeries across Hamilton. What sets Carluke apart from other bakeries is their quality and dedication to creating the best pie in the city.
Carluke’s proudly offers locally-sourced and Canadian-made products. All of their baking is made in house from scratch, offering customers optimal quality and incredible taste. Carluke offers 14 different kinds of pie, including three different varieties of apple, blueberry, raspberry, pumpkin, and eight others.
Every pie is equally a showstopper and a crowd pleaser; each piece is flavourful and well balanced, insuring each bite is as good as the last. Trust us: once you try your first pie from Carluke’s, you’ll find every excuse to go back and buy another.
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