Now that fall is in full swing and the holidays are right around the corner, we’re starting to dream of light, buttery pastry filled to the brim with seasonal produce.
Pie is the perfect addition to any Thanksgiving feast or holiday get-together, but we don’t blame you if you don’t feel like making one yourself! Luckily, there are plenty of bakeries in Washtenaw County baking up delicious, mouth-watering pie creations. Below you’ll find 10 of our favorites. Enjoy!
The home of mouth-watering jelly donuts, Instagram-worthy cupcakes, towering cakes, fluffy soft pretzels, freshly baked breads and scrumptious pies, The Dexter Bakery is a must-visit near Ann Arbor. In 2018, they were even named the Sweetest Bakery in Michigan through the Sweetest Bakery in America Contest! And they’ve been serving their treats in downtown Dexter for more than 100 years. During the fall and holiday season, they offer both full and mini-sized apple, cherry, blueberry, pumpkin and pecan pies.
Open seasonally, Dexter Cider Mill is the oldest continuously operating cider mill in the entire state. Today, the team makes cider the same way it was made 120 years ago: using locally grown, hand picked apples on an oak rack press. Even their equipment is over 100-years-old! In addition to natural cider, fresh apples, doughnuts, apple nut bread, hard cider, apple strudel, apple turnovers and hand rolled gingersnaps, you can also purchase made-from-scratch apple pies on site.
This local Ann Arbor restaurant is built on the ideals of wholesome, imaginative, and thoughtfully prepared food. That means this team cares about everything from the farmer to their neighbors and, of course, you! Their Kerrytown café offers a full menu of delectable sandwiches, soups, salads and entrees as well as a rotating pie selection (which are made with a traditional pie crust) that will make your heart sing. You can also order carryout at both their Kerrytown and Packard locations.
Helmed by Certified Journey Baker, Amber Wardia and her family, Enchanted Oven is a signature Saline stop for delicious cakes, cookies, pies and more. They are strictly a small-batch bakery, making handmade baked goods using ingredients from local Michigan farms and businesses like Guernsey Dairy and Wasem Fruit Farm. Due to COVID-19, they’ve had to make adjustments to their day-to-day operations. We recommend checking out their website or calling ahead before you visit!
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It just wouldn’t be a list of the best pie in Washtenaw County without mentioning Grand Traverse Pie Company! This local bakery chain is a favorite of Michiganders and Indianans alike with 15 locations across the two states. They offer a wide range of pie flavors from Apple Honey Pie to Grand Traverse Cherry Crumb, Banana Crumb, Chocolate Pecan and many (many!) more. And if you happen to be on a special diet, they have sugarless, gluten-free and Splenda selections on the menu.
A must-try no matter what your diet, Tasty Bakery offers high-quality, gluten-free artisan baked goods that are indiscernible from any glutinous treat. Additionally, many of their cakes, cookies, bars, brownies, scones, breads and pies are also soy free, organic, vegan and naturally sweetened. Swing by their bakery or find them at the Ann Arbor Farmers’ Market to taste the difference for yourself! This season they’ve got pumpkin, Apple Crumb and pecan for you to try.
Nestled on West Michigan Avenue in Ypsilanti, this hidden gem has been serving the Washtenaw County area since 1951! They are known for tasty cakes, scones, quiches and, of course, pies. While they don’t have a huge online presence, you can call them at (734) 482-9511 to place an order or to find out more about their current pie selection.
A leading bakery in Chelsea, The Lakehouse Bakery serves up mouth-watering treats made with fresh ingredients daily. Their menu is packed full of delicious baked goods, savory treats and grocery staples, but we are partial to their pies. Give them a call or stop by to see what today’s availability is and be sure to check out their website for more information about their weekly baking classes and workshops. They will be taking orders for Thanksgiving pies, dinner rolls and stuffing mix very soon, so follow them on social media to stay updated!
What if we told you that you could get delicious, homemade pie hand delivered to your home without having to lift a finger? Why Not Pie is a “virtual” bakery owned by local baker Janice Leach that provides baked goods to local businesses throughout the area including Argus Farm Stop, RoosRoast Coffee, Comet Coffee and more. Janice also delivers her pies to homes and workplaces throughout Ann Arbor every Friday afternoon. Check out her website for information on how to order and to find out the Pie of the Week!
After running Zingerman’s Delicatessen for ten years, owners Paul Saginaw and Ari Weinzweig wanted to improve the flavors by baking their own breads. So, in September of 1992, they teamed up with Frank Carollo and just five other staff members to open the beloved Zingerman’s Bakehouse. Today, 130 staff members and partners make pastries, breads, pies and other treats from scratch daily. Click here to see their current selections and specials and to place an order.
Did we miss your favorite pie spot in the Washtenaw County area? Let us know in the comments below!