Now that your place isn’t open for walk-in retail sales, how do we get your pies? What city are you located in? We are located in Houston, Texas. Feel free to call 713-862-4960 to place an order. If necessary, leave a message, and we will return your call. You can also use the “Contact Us” feature on this site, or email directly: firstname.lastname@example.org. Most orders can be filled in 24 hours. Our minimum order of any flavor is 3 mini pies (5 inches), or 4 petite (3 1/2-inch) pies, or 1 full-size (9-inch) pie. We deliver, or you can pick up at Central City Co-op, 420 E. 20th St. in the Houston Heights, where you can usually also buy our pies.
What sizes of pies do you make? For events, we offer our petites, which are about three and a half inches, or four bites. Our minis are 5 inches, similar to a frozen pot pie. We also bake the full-size.
What forms of payment do you accept? Cash, checks, PayPal, Venmo, Zelle and all major credit/debit cards.
Is your meringue authentic, like my grandmother made? Is it safe?Yes, our meringue is the real thing – not the white stuff you usually see, with marshmallow creme and various mystery ingredients. The downside of authentic meringue is that it often shrinks and “weeps,” but the delicious natural flavor is worth it. As for safety related to eating egg whites – no worries, the meringue is baked long enough and at a high enough temperature to ensure that it’s completely cooked.
How are your pies different from the grocery store ones? Retail stores and many bakeries use powdered eggs and milk, and other shelf-safe ingredients requiring preservatives, which affect the flavor. Some of their fillings come ready-made from a white plastic bucket. Margarine is used rather than real, much tastier, butter. We use fresh eggs and milk, and real cream and butter.
Do you bake sugar-free pies? What about gluten-free? We’re happy to bake sugar-free pies for our customers who request them. Every pie can’t be deliciously made sugar-free, but most of the fruit pies work very well that way. We did bake gluten-free for awhile, but for our small business the demand wasn’t great enough to continue. Also, there are now many other sources to fill that need.
Should I refrigerate my pies when I get them home? Almost all pies taste much better at room temperature, or even warmed up, the exception being cream pies and others that we sell out of the refrigerator. Most fruit pies, and those with a higher sugar content (pecan) or acid (lemon meringue) will keep for at least a day at room temperature. If you choose to refrigerate the latter, do take them out to warm up to room temperature before serving
What about freezing pies? Most pies can be frozen, but might suffer a little in crispness as a result. Cream pies can separate into a watery mess. Thaw pies out in the fridge overnight.
Do you ship your pies? Sorry, we currently do not ship. We’ve been disappointed in the shape they’re in when they arrive at their destination in the past, so we’re working on improved packaging.
Do you offer pie-baking classes? Sorry, no.
Your pies don’t have those elaborate garnishes like some restaurants serve. They look so homemade. Duh!