Tatte, And Pies Forever

Homemade Ollie's Chocolate Meringue Pie

Oh yeah. I’m starting to get in full pie mode.

I saw a post at Food and Wine a few days ago about the Boston-based bakery, Tatte — that happens to be one of the first places that Suzanne (my Cambridge bestie — she works at Harvard) and I went when I visited her.

From F&W:  The first time I walked into Tatte Bakery’s Harvard Square location, I’m pretty sure I gasped. The space was striking: stark black chalkboards adorning white-tiled walls, shelves stacked high with packs of candied nuts, pastries as pretty as the custom mosaic floor. Every aspect of the place felt deeply curated, homey, and warm. Stylized just enough to be beautiful but not intimidating, the bakery was unlike any I’d ever experienced.


Here are some pics I took of our visit to the Harvard Square Tatte:

Tatte Bakery, Harvard Square, Cambridge MA

Tatte Bakery, Harvard Square, Cambridge MA Tatte Bakery, Harvard Square, Cambridge MA

Tatte Bakery, Harvard Square, Cambridge MA Tatte Bakery, Harvard Square, Cambridge MA

Tatte Bakery, Harvard Square, Cambridge MA Tatte Bakery, Harvard Square, Cambridge MA

Tatte in DC will open spring 2020.

I’m starting to figure out how many pies to make this year, and leading up to that is figuring out what flavors to make. Email me your flavors and let’s collab on ideas!

I also thought this piece about pies in bar form at F&W was interesting — it would be somewhat easier to get a bunch of servings done at one time, but considering that all but a handful that I make for family and friends goes to various places in Birmingham that feeds the homeless or the food insecure, my heart wants them to be traditional, not just cranked out for the sake of efficiency. Still, though, bars are fun.

I might try that for some kind of low-key Friendsgiving one evening with people just coming in and out over the course of a few hours rather than having a set “please arrive at 7p” kind of thing. Lots of fall-inspired cocktails and savory bites set on platters everywhere. And dessert…I mean, chocolate-espresso pie bars? Yasssss.

Since I love pie, thank so many of you for sending me fun pie things all the time (and I’m a little behind on answering DFK emails since I started posting again, but I’m getting there! Thank you!). Really nice is this one of a bakery in Toronto called Lamanna’s that does a dessert pizza that *has little pieces of pie on it*. And ohmystars THIS isn’t even pie but gets my full endorsement. COOKIE.

Really considering adding this to the repertoire: creme brulee pie from the NYT

More pie talk as we get closer to Thanksgiving. Loving hearing from all of you! xoxo!

Thanksgiving Pies

Last year, the number was 42 and this year, it’s 49!

We made pecan, chocolate pecan, pumpkin, sweet potato, sweet potato – praline, buttermilk coconut, chess, chocolate meringue (and just one that’s chocolate pecan bourbon that we save for the fam). Av and the boys delivered them to Jimmie Hale Mission, Jessie’s Place, Firehouse Shelter, and Community Kitchens at Grace Episcopal.

Hope you all are having a *wonderful* Thanksgiving! xoxo!

Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie

Here’s the pie I made for Av’s family Thanksgiving – it’s a pecan pie with bourbon and chocolate. Here’s the recipe and pictures:

Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie

3 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 c. sugar
2 tbsp. butter, melted and cooled (so it’s not super-hot when you add it to the bowl)
1 c. corn syrup (Karo)
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 c. bourbon – I used Maker’s Mark
semi-sweet chocolate chips (enough to cover the bottom of the pie crust)
pecans (enough to cover the bottom of the pie crust)
pie crust


Put chocolate chips in to cover the bottom of the pie crust (that’s a pre-made piecrust here — when I make so many at Thanksgiving, I go this route):
Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie

…then, cover that with pecans. This all floats to the top when the pie cooks, so don’t worry about adding the pecans to the liquid mixture:
Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie

Stir together in a bowl the sugar, eggs, butter, corn syrup, vanilla, and bourbon:
Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie

…pour that into the pie crust (the pecan pieces float right up to the top):
Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie

Bake at 375* for 40-60 minutes until it doesn’t jiggle in the middle (but be careful not to overcook). This one came out perfectly…can’t wait to have it for Thanksgiving supper!
Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie

Thanksgiving Pies

Well, I *just* got done making all my pies for this Thanksgiving! Here’s my inventory that I started with:
Thanksgiving Pies 2005

…and ten hours later here are most of the pies (I always make 25+ pies for a church that serves lunch on T’giving for a big crowd of hungry people in their neighborhood, plus another couple for Av’s family’s Thanksgiving). Below are pumpkin, pecan, apple, hot fudge, and buttermilk coconut pies.
Thanksgiving Pies 2005
If you like coconut pies, here’s the recipe I use – it’s soooo simple, and the pie always turns out *wonderfully*:

Buttermilk Coconut Pie
1-1/2 c. sugar
2 Tbsp. flour
1 stick butter
3 eggs, beaten
1/2 c. buttermilk
1 tsp. vanilla
grated coconut – use as much or as little as you like – I use about 1/3 the bag per pie
pie crust

Preheat the oven to 350*. Meanwhile, mix everything together. Once the oven gets to 350*, pour the mixture into your pie crust, and bake for 45 -60 minutes. When the top gets golden and doesn’t jiggle in the middle, it’s done!