Missouri Eats: Perfect Pie Shops for Thanksgiving

Peggy Jean’s Pies in Columbia

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Peggy Jean’s Pies, which opened its doors in April 2014 on Buttonwood Drive in Columbia, Missouri, is a sequel of sorts, reviving what Rebecca Miller’s mother, Jeanne Plumley, began 20 years ago. The original Peggy Jean’s Pies opened in Columbia in March 1994. Friends Peggy Day and Jeanne Wagster (now Plumley) founded the bakery using family recipes. They gained national recognition for large and small pies and became a fixture during holidays and special occasions in homes throughout Columbia for nearly a decade. Then, in 2004, the shop closed its doors as Peggy’s health declined. In 2014, Plumley reopened the bakery with her daughter. Peggy Jean’s Pies has at least 14 regular pie flavors and three or more daily varieties sold in 12-inch, 9-inch or the 5-inch pans they refer to as “baby pies.” Chocolate-bourbon-pecan is consistently the most popular flavor, followed by French Silk and strawberry-rhubarb. Peggy Jean’s Pies can be purchased at the storefront in Columbia or online via the bakery’s website. For Thanksgiving, classic options offered include pumpkin chiffon and Southern pecan.

Pint Size Bakery in St. Louis

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Pint Size Bakery, the much-loved small-batch bakery in the Lindenwood Park neighborhood of St. Louis, moved into larger digs just down the street from its original location in April 2016.

Co-owners Christy Augustin and Nancy Boehm are still serving their beloved lineup of treats, including freshly baked cookies, cupcakes, sweet and savory scones, oatmeal cream pies, tea cakes and more For Thanksgiving, pies include holiday classics like Missouri pecan pie made with Steen’s Cane Syrup and local pumpkin pie with candied pepitas, as well as walnut-chocolate-bourbon pie and chocolate creme pie with cookie crumb crust. Other options include a pear, cranberry and walnut frangipane tart; an oatmeal stout torte with 4 Hands Brewing Co.’s Chocolate Milk Stout; and a pumpkin roll with cream cheese filling and brown butter glaze. Augustin says the bakery sells more of its pecan pies for the holidays than the rest of its pies combined.

Ashleigh’s Bake Shop in Kansas City

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With a store stacked floor to ceiling with Fiesta Ware and just about every kitchen implement in existence, Pryde’s has been a slice of heaven for chefs in Kansas City, Missouri, for decades. Recently, it gained a new entrant into the local bakery scene with Ashleigh’s Bake Shop, which specializes in decadent pies and desserts. Ashleigh’s Bake Shop is owned by Ashleigh Luna and her father, Charles. The small but well-appointed kitchen is nestled into the back of the store, in a room also stacked with vintage jadeite, cake stands and a gorgeous antique stove. With the surrounding color scheme and the custom-made petite striped awning, the bake shop resembles a little French patisserie. The stars of the show at Ashleigh’s Bake Shop are the pies, including beautiful cherry, apple, coconut cream and banana cream offerings. She plans to expand her lineup with the coming Thanksgiving holiday. The pies are rich, with glowing, flaky all-butter crusts. The filling on the cherry pie reflects a hint of spice, perhaps a nod to the fall season.

Peggy Jean’s Pies: written by Valeria Turturro Klamm. Photography by Aaron Ottis.

Peggy Jean’s Pies, 3601 Buttonwood Drive, Suite E, Columbia, Missouri, 573.447.7437, pjpies.com

Pint Size Bakery & Coffee: written by Heather Riske. Photography by Cheryl Waller and Jacklyn Meyer.  

Pint Size Bakery & Coffee, 3133 Watson Road, South City, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.645.7142, pintsizebakery.com

Ashleigh’s Bake Shop: story and photography by April Fleming.

Ashleigh’s Bake Shop, 115 Westport Road, Westport, Kansas City, Missouri, 816.598.3283, ashleighsbakeshop.com

This article appears courtesy of Feast Magazine. Feast Magazine is dedicated to broadening the conversation about food and engaging a large, hungry audience of food lovers.

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