Thanksgiving 2016: Where to Get the Best Holiday Pie for Your Dessert Table

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With Thanksgiving less than a week away, all eyes are on the turkey. After the tryptophan-induced coma wears off, the sweet cravings kick in, and it's time for dessert. And of all the possible options, a good old-fashioned pie still reigns supreme.

Sure, you could peel apples and roll your own crust, but why not simply hop over to one of Miami's fine bakeries and pick a few up? Here are the best places to order a pie for your Thanksgiving table.

Sweetness Bakeshop
The family-owned Sweetness Bakeshop in South Miami is slicing seasonal pies and treats for the holiday season. If you're looking for a classic pie to accent your dessert display, try the pumpkin or Dutch apple. The best-seller every year at Sweetness is hands down the bourbon pecan pie ($24), made with Maker's Mark bourbon. Of course, if you don't fancy a pie, the shop also makes mini cupcakes in seasonal flavors and croissant bread pudding. Order ahead by Sunday, November 20, or if you are undecided, walk in next Wednesday. Customers can order by calling 305-776-0810 or emailing info@sweetnessbakeshop.net.

Fireman Derek's Bake Shop & Cafe
Choose classic apple crumb ($30) and pumpkin ($25) pies if you want to imagine feeling a crisp chill in the fall air. For something a little more "Miami," pick up a key lime pie ($25). The real deal that is sure to stand out and make the other desserts jealous is the crack pie — the perfect balance of sweetness with a hint of savoriness. Sitting on top of the buttery, flaky crust is a layer of dark salted caramel covered with a heavy layer of powdered sugar. Reserve a pie through Sunday, November 20. On Wednesday, November 23, the shop will have a steady supply of holiday pies for last-minute purchase. Call 786-703-3623 to order or email firemandereksklp@gmail.com.
Bunnie Cakes
Bunnie Cakes has gluten-free and vegan options that will satisfy any sweet tooth. Seasonal staples such as pumpkin, apple, and sweet potato pies are available for $32. Choose pumpkin or sweet potato and add a kitschy phrase like “We are thankful for pie” or “Wanna piece of me?” There's also the famous turkey cake. Check out the Thanksgiving menu and order via email at orders@bunniecakes.com or call 786-268-9790.

Zak the Baker
Grabbing bread for the Thanksgiving feast? Might as well grab a pie too. The Wynwood bakery Zak the Baker is taking orders for holiday pies. Whether you're looking for a classic flavor or something a little edgier, the shop has five options ($32 each) this Thanksgiving: pumpkin cream cheese, apple, pecan bourbon, chocolate orange, and lemon blueberry meringue. Customers can order pies only by emailing info@zakthebaker.com or calling 786-347-7100. ZTB will be open Thanksgiving morning for order pickup. Breads and other pastries will also be available.

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