When it comes to dessert, we never discriminate. Cookies, muffins, ice cream, you name it and we’ll be there to sample it all. But if we’re talking about sweets we want to eat year-round, there’s one confection that never fails to steal our hearts (and our stomachs). Whether it’s pumpkin on Thanksgiving, blueberry in the summer, or chocolate cream all year long, pie is always the perfect way to end the day (or start the morning, because apple pie is a completely acceptable breakfast option). In the Hudson Valley, we’re blessed with an abundance of top-notch spots to score our favorite 3.14159…oh, you know what we mean.
Annabelle’s Village Bake Shop
Annabelle’s is the cutest corner bake shop in Red Hook, bringing you breakfast sandwiches, teas, coffees, and pastries. On the pie menu, you’ll find an extensive list of seasonal classics and fruity favorites featuring flavors like apple raspberry, banana cream, key lime, pumpkin, strawberry rhubarb, and peach, to name just a few. Stop in to order your Thanksgiving treats in person, or shoot the shop an email to secure a sweet dessert.
Baked by Susan
Owner Susan O’Keefe never uses pre-made fillings for her popular, old-fashioned pies with all-butter crusts. (Susan calls her Westchester shop “an old-fashioned bakery.”) Favorites include sour cherry, mixed berry, banana cream, and key lime. Susan doesn’t stop at the sweets, however. Her menu also boasts chicken pot pies and quiche. Come in for a slice or order a whole pie for a special occasion.
Open for over 40 years, this sweet shop lives up to its name. On any given day, you can come into this New Paltz staple and find countless confections in its case. Pick up pies from pumpkin to pecan or any of your Thanksgiving fixings including sweet potato casserole, oven-roasted Brussels sprouts, or classic stuffing.
Bread Alone Bakery
Boiceville, Rhinebeck, Woodstock
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This Hudson Valley staple bakery is an expert in all things bread and pastries, from bagels to scones. If you’re stopping by one of the cafes for breakfast or lunch, or if you’re looking to take home a full pie for Thanksgiving dessert, browse the four seasonal flavors: apple raspberry crumb, pecan, Hudson Valley apple, or pumpkin. Each pie is uniquely delicious with a flaky crust and rich filling that is best served with a scoop of ice cream.
This previous Best of the Hudson Valley winner never fails to impress. Baking memories since 1965, the shop offers desserts that are expertly crafted from years of experience. Head to Deising’s for all the traditional pie offerings (available in eight- or 10-inch sizes) as well as an ample selection of freshly baked breads and rolls. Banana cream, Dutch apple, pecan, blueberry crumb, and chocolate cream round out some of Deising’s most decadent pie varieties.
Golden Harvest Farms
This pick-your-own farm is known for harvesting some of the best apples in the Hudson Valley, but it is also home to a wonderful bakery. John Henry, the baking manager, has been cranking out pies, donuts, and other whimsical treats for over 25 years. The classics are an easy go-to, and you can’t go to Golden Harvest Farms without trying a free sample of the apple cider donuts. However, the shop should also be known for its decadent pies available in apple, Dutch apple, blueberry, apple nut caramel, cherry, pumpkin, strawberry rhubarb, peach praline, fruits of the forest, and, pecan (a new addition this year).
Green Acres Farm
A Hudson Valley favorite at this farm’s bakery is the apple raspberry pie. The blend of the two fruits makes for a sweet, yet tart bite. The shop offers other staple flavors like tart cherry and blueberry pie year-round. Best of all, its pies are made fresh daily. The bakery at the farm is now accepting orders for Thanksgiving pies, breads, and rolls.
McKinney and Doyle
While the café at McKinney and Doyle dishes out upscale dining and exciting contemporary cuisine daily, the attached bakery specializes in gourmet desserts, from full pies to cakes by the slice. Try the old fashioned apple, blueberry, or pecan, or opt for the deep dish pecan pie if you’re expecting a lot of company. For interesting seasonal combinations, the coconut custard or cranberry buttermilk pies are the perfect picks.
Tarrytown, Warwick, Rye
With special pies that change weekly, Noble Pies is not your typical bakery. Indulge in sweet versions of the treat with flavors like Hudson Valley apple and “Will You Marry Me” cherry, or sink your teeth into a savory dish like chicken pot pie or buffalo chicken to turn up the heat. Make sure to get your Thanksgiving orders in now because Noble is sure to be booked and busy, and choose from fall flavors like apple crumb and pecan cheesecake.
The Pastry Garden
Year-round, Poughkeepsie’s The Pastry Garden serves up pies, cookies, tortes, cakes, and more. Get your favorites like apple crumb, deep dish blueberry-peach, pumpkin, or pecan – many of which can be made gluten free – or take home something special like the California fruit pie with vanilla custard and fresh fruit or the Viennese pie, a ganache-covered crust filled with chocolate and white chocolate mousse and topped with chocolate curls.
Pieconic NY supports the American tradition of eating pie made with the freshest ingredients. Here, you’ll find world-famous pies, like the Empire State bourbon chocolate that was featured on NBC’s TODAY Show, along with poetic pumpkin, honey brown butter walnut, and various apple pies. Order by November 15 to ensure you’ll get your Thanksgiving dessert on time.