A boy's slice of the pie

October 01, 2003|By Suzanne White | Suzanne White,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

At 11, Henry Cammack knows his pies - especially the fall harvest favorite, apple.

A sixth-grade student at Jemicy School, Henry runs his own pie-baking business in the Towson family home he shares with parents Kimberly and John and brother Walker, 9. The young entrepreneur with a culinary vision started his baking operation on July 4 this year as a means to raise money to buy birds, which he collects and houses in an aviary.

He was fast to point out that a goldfinch, his most expensive bird, costs $85.

As to his dessert specialty, the talented youth says, "I like baking pies, and I like to cook." He charges $9 for each pie.

Henry produces about 12 pies a month, mainly apple. He is also known to use fruit in season for his creations, which he sells to family members, neighbors and folks at his dad's workplace who rave about his masterpieces.

"I bake apple pies the most because people like to order them, and they know mine are really good," Henry says. "My favorite pie to bake, though, is probably berry. They are really yummy and good."

The young baker graciously shared his tips for the perfect apple pie: The crust must be flaky, the apples crisp and there shouldn't be a lot of juice on the bottom because, "It gets too soggy and stuff, and it's not too good."

Henry's first pie was a delicious raspberry creation he baked with his mother on a rustic wood stove in Canada. How many trendy pastry chefs can match that experience?

Where will this sweet career take him?

"I don't think it's a job I'll have in my later days," Henry says. "I couldn't cook all day."

For now, though, Henry has already started taking orders for holiday pies.

As for a name for his bustling business, he's still thinking.

"Henry's Pies, maybe?" he says.

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