Pass the pie



The right dessert can be a perfect ending to a Thanksgiving dinner. Though you can pass around a flurry of cakes and pastries, there should always be a pumpkin pie on the table. Here are some local bakeries that offer this Turkey Day staple.

Dangerously Delicious Pies

2400 Fleet St. -- 410-522-7437

Hours --7 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday

A wedge of pumpkin pie here, $4, varies in size, depending on who's cutting. Loaded with cinnamon and nutmeg, the filling begs you to dip a finger in and pop it in your mouth. The crust, on the other hand, was pretty tough -- both for the server to slice and the teeth to chew. A whole pie costs $20.

Sophia's Place

Broadway Market, Broadway and Fleet streets -- 410-342-6105

Hours --7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday

Sophia's charges $1 for a slice and $9.50 for a pie. Served chilled, the filling is a little firm and adheres to the soft, doughy crust. While not strong, the spices lingered a while after the piece was gone.

New System Bakery

921 W. 36th St. -- 410-235-8852

Hours --6:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 7 a.m-5 p.m. Saturday; 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday

New System bakes smaller 6- and 8-inch pies, and sells slices for 75 cents each. Because they're tightly wrapped in cellophane, the slightly dry crust comes apart. Neither spicy nor sweet, the filling goes down rather blandly. Six-inch pies are $3, 8-inch pies are $4.75 and 10-inch pies are $7.75.

Fenwick Bakery

7219 Harford Road 410-444-6410

Hours --7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday

A half-pie from Fenwick, $3.63, has an extra thick crust that rises up over the aluminum pie tray's edge. Once inside your mouth, the crust crumbles into tiny pieces, which melt on your tongue. Fenwick holds back on the spices and lets the pumpkin flavor come through in the filling. A whole pie is $7.25.

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