It’s time for me to divulge yet another food confession: throughout my almost 27 years of life, I have never been a pie lover. Ice cream, yes. Cookies, yes. Cupcakes, OH YES. But never pie. I know, it sounds absurd considering how much I adore Wanda’s Pie in the Sky and my dear Raymerville Bakery & Deli up in my neck of the woods; but it’s true. I once read in one of my Martha Stewart Living magazines that Martha herself thought that the best dessert was a piece of pie. And I rememeber reading that sentence and thinking, “really?!” I just couldn’t wrap my head around that. My mum and brother would share an entire 8-inch between the two of them and I’d stare at them quizzically and wonder what the heck was wrong with me – or maybe what the heck was wrong with them. I’ve always thought pies were beautiful. And at times I would even salivate over varieties such as lemon meringue and cherry and the occasional cream pie. But, truth be told, if I saw an ice cream truck passing by, I’d leave the pies in the dust and chase the truck down the street.
There’s always a place and time to for preferences and tastebuds to evolve though, and our beloved hometown Yorktown Pie Company has carved a little pastry wedge into my heart with their adorable sweet and savoury mini pies, tarts, and turnovers. I always internally squeal over how cute they are and I marvel at how so much amazing food and flavour can be tucked away in such a little package. The aesthetic makes my heart melt and all the different fillings and flavour combinations have me coming back for more. Everything is baked and handmade with so much love and care, with family recipes spanning decades and generations coming to fruition at farmers’ markets across the city. All of Yorktown Pie Company’s little pie gems are priced between $2-$6 and their savoury pies are great to have for lunch alongside a salad while their sweet ones are fantastic all on their own as a full-blown, foodgasmic dessert. There’s a reason why their apple sour cream is nicknamed “apple crack”!
I am all over their sweet pastries and pies (their butter tarts are delicious and anything apple of theirs needs to be inhaled) and their vegetarian offerings such as their spinach and goat cheese and this little guy over here: the mushroom and collard greens pie with soy egg base! I love mushrooms like PB loves J and anything with collard greens piques my interest since it’s not something you see in baked goods very often. And the soy egg base! It’s like silky egg tofu and savoury custard all in one. What makes the pie even more terrific is how great it tastes both warm and cold and how it’s literally studded from top to bottom with veggies and filling.
It’s the kind of food that would be great as part of a brunch or light lunch and if you’re looking for something a little heartier, Yorktown has a number meat pies including a chicken pot and a stout steak mushroom! I haven’t had anything of theirs in weeks (I know, what a lengthy period of time!) and I would love to get my hands on another one of their coconut butter tarts, their apple sour cream, their apple crumble, and anything with cheese in it. It’s going to be one heck of a warm and sunny Canada Day long weekend this weekend, so head out to Wychwood tomorrow if you’re looking to enjoy some great eats and adorable pies at a great market. Happy weekend, everyone!
Yorktown Pie Company is a local food business here in Toronto specializing in everything pie! From pot pies to tarts to turnovers, they churn out the sweet and savoury baked goods and pastries on a weekly basis at farmers’ markets across the city. You can find their vast array of good eats at The Stop Farmers’ Market at Wychwood Barns on Saturdays and the Toronto Office Market at the Soft Choice courtyard on Wednesdays.