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Where to Take Home the Tastiest Pie in the Hudson Valley

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Cherry pie is among more than 20 options (including several gluten-free pies) at Meredith’s Bread in Kingston.
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Grab a slice – or score a whole dish – of everyone’s favorite fresh-baked treat in flavors that range from apple and pumpkin to pecan and triple berry.

By Sabrina Sucato and Samantha Garbarini

When it comes to dessert, we never discriminate. Cookies, muffins, ice cream, you name it and we’ll be there to sample it all. Yet 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.

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Baked by Susan

Croton-on-Hudson

Owner Susan O’Keefe never uses pre-made fillings for her popular, old-fashioned pies with all-butter crusts. Holiday favorites include autumnal apple-cranberry-crumb, pecan, pumpkin, and triple berry, filled with blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries. Orders accepted through Nov 22.

 

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Bartlett House

Ghent

This 1870s railroad hotel-turned-bakery debuted in 2016, and since then we’ve be gobbling up every sweet pastry and artisanal bread that’s come out of its ovens. From the same owners in nearby Hudson, The Maker Cafe will have local pumpkin pies with Vietnamese cinnamon and salted-pecan pies with Catskill Maple Syrup for pre-order until Nov 22.

 

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Daily Planet Diner & Red Line Diner

Lagrangeville and Fishkill

Bakers go into overdrive during the holidays at this pair of diners, where Thanksgiving options include pumpkin, apple crumb, pecan, and coconut custard, alongside menu staples like blueberry, cherry, and lemon meringue. Orders recommended by Nov 20.

Deising’s Bakery

Kingston

This previous Best of the Hudson Valley winner never fails to impress. Head to one of the two outposts for all the traditional Thanksgiving pie offerings (available in 8- or 10-inch sizes) as well as an ample selection of freshly baked breads and rolls.

Golden Harvest Farms

Valatie

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, but the shop also offers apple nut caramel, peach praline, and strawberry rhubarb.

 

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Green Acres Farm

Hudson

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 of pie goodness. The shop also offers classics like cherry and blueberry pie year-round, along with coconut custard and pumpkin pie beginning in late September. All pies are made fresh daily.

 

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Jenny Bee’s Bake Shop

Brewster

Jenny Bee’s is a frequent vendor at the Hudson Valley Regional Farmer’s Market in Brewster, although, due to COVID-19 concerns, it sticks to curbside pickup for orders. The vendor offers a variety of pies, with creative crust designs that takes the treats to the next level. As for the flavors, they’re all about clever names and equally inventive flavors. When in season, the Fall Carnival, a creamy Dutch apple pie with streusel top and caramel drizzle, is everything you love about autumn in a single slice.

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Meredith’s Bread

Kingston

Two dozen types of pie — apple, sweet potato, pumpkin, key lime, mince, coconut custard, more — are available at this bakery owned and operated by the Allen family since 1987. Even more impressive than the variety, which includes nine gluten-free options, is the dedication to sustainable, local sourcing, featuring NYS flour and Hudson Valley ingredients whenever possible. Orders accepted through Nov 20.

Nana’s Creative Cafe

Woodstock

This shop has all the classics, from apple to pecan to pumpkin pie, and even gluten-free options upon request. Plus, did we mention the decadent tarts? They may not be pies, per se, but the flourless chocolate tarts are so scrumptious they deserve a mention in the slice-and-serve category.

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Noble Pies 

Warwick

Heirloom recipes, passed down from baker Leslie Noble’s grandmother, get a locavore spin at this Warwick pie shop, where sweet treats are made with grass-fed Catskills butter and NYS flour. Among the top picks, many of which can be made vegan or sugar-free, are Texan Pecan, Will You Marry Me Cherry, award-winning Hudson Valley Apple, and peanut butter cream with chocolate ganache.

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Pieconic

Chatham

Each week, more than 100 pounds of pie dough are hand-shaped and filled with high quality ingredients for Pieconic’s loyal customers. At the holidays, favorite flavors include classic Grandma’s Pumpkin pie; Backyard Apple, with two pounds of Love Apple Farm fruit in every pie; Balsamic Berry; Crown Maple Pecan; and custardy Empire State Bourbon Chocolate Walnut. Orders accepted through Nov 16.

The Shops at Jones Farm

Cornwall

Everything in this shop is made from scratch, from the crust to the filling. Try a classic slice like apple or blueberry pie or venture out and taste the chocolate chip pecan pie. Yes, you heard that right. The chocolate chip cookie crust is filled with pecan pie goodness and served hot with a heaping scoop of ice cream.