Tuesday, November 18, 2014

PDX Thanksgiving Dessert Roundup

Now that I'm technically a Portlandian, I'm excited to get to know my neighborhood and explore the onslaught of deliciousness.  That's why I thought it'd be timely to put together this Thanksgiving dessert round-up, just in time for next week's holiday.  If you're in the midst of planning your meal, here's a little shortcut for dessert:

Lauretta Jean's - First thing's first, which is a recommendation for an old fashion deep dish pie made by this quaint sweet shop in the South East.  You can pre-order your Thanksgiving pies by this coming Sunday either in person, over the phone or online.  While they do come at a premium at $34 per pie, they come in a lovely glass dish and feed about 6-8 people.  Flavors come in classic and inventive varieties such as classic pumpkin and heirloom apple, as well as black raspberry streusel and honey hazelnut.  34-02 SE Division Street, Portland.  503.235.3119

The Sugar Cube - For something a little out there and oh so decadent, I highly recommend The Sugar Cube's pastries and pies that will surely impress your guests.  It's clear they don't skimp out on butter, chocolate and all sorts of yummies which are reflected in the pies' decadent taste.  You can choose from flavors such as Mom's famous coffee Mallow pie, bourbon brown butter honey pie, chocolate silk cream pie and others.  Orders must be placed at least 48 hours in advance.  30-39 NE Alberta Street, Portland.  971.202.7135

Back to Eden Bakery - If you have special dietary needs, you're going to love the gluten free, all natural sweets at this NE Alberta bakery.  Although they specialize in cupcakes, there's plenty of pie to be had as well, which you can order ahead of time.  Choose between a variety of seasonal fruit pies or their classic coconut cream pie.  2217 NE Alberta Street, Portland.  503.477.5022

Salt & Straw - I love the Thanksgiving type flavors offered at this gourmet ice cream shop, which include everything from hazelnut rosemary stuffing, spiced chèvre pumpkin pie, honey bourbon corn pudding and their piece-de-resistance, the salted caramel Thanksgiving turkey flavor.  I highly recommend the latter, which is packed with diabolical fried turkey skin brittle.  2035 NE Alberta Street, Portland. 503.208.3867.  345 SE Division, Portland. 503.208.2054

New Seasons Market - Although you can't exactly pre-order dessert here, you can pick it up the day before Thanksgiing and take advantage of their beautiful seasonal cakes, cookies and pies.  You'll find they'll run you a little cheaper than specialty bakeries in the area, and you can get that and your turkey in one shot.  Various locations in Portland and Vancouver.

Pie Spot - I spotted this place (pun intended) while on my way to my first Portland foodie meetup and it was quite serendipitous.  A cute little place on the corner of 24th Avenue and Glisan St, they sell rustic pies and offer a nice variety for Thanksgiving that you can preorder.  Today is the last day you can pre-order and choose from flavors such as Caramelized Pear & Cranberry, Brandied Apple, and Pumpkin.  521 NE 24th Avenue, Portland.  503.913.5103

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