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The fruit pies are not your typical pies for several reasons- most importantly, they aren't round. Both the pear and apple options are made in large, rectangular deep dishes, and the slices reflect this in the same shape. For a mere $0.50 more than a slice of custard-based pie, you get an enormous serving of the fruit pies. Unless you're planning on skipping your next meal or two, plan to split this with a friend (or three). The Pear Ginger Oatmeal Crumb sounded a little bit... boring to me, but one glimpse changed my mind- look at those fat, sugary crumbs! Here, the outer crust (normally my favorite part) takes a backseat to the crunchy oatmeal topping and the packed-to-the-brim stack of sweet, ginger-spiced pear slices. I don't typically jump at fruit based desserts, but this was perfect.
I told my husband I'd bring him home half of my slice, but we quickly realized that wouldn't work since he is an apple pie afficionado and it's not my go-to (I'm glad we had this talk before my visit, since there's no way I would have been able to stop at a half slice of pumpkin!). The words "Buttery" and "Caramel" in this pie name should have warned me though- this is not your grandmother's apple pie. The apple filling itself was epic- thick sliced apples in just enough caramel sauce to hold everything together- again, they certainly didn't skimp on the fruit!
I could eat this fruit filling on top of ice cream, or pancakes, or just on its own- it's phenomenal. The top crust was thin, but the thick sprinkle of sugar and cinnamon provided a crunchy exterior and an little extra spice (I don't love a lot of cinnamon, so this was perfect). The edge crust was thin, which in most cases would leave me sad, but the pie itself was so good I literally forgot that this is typically my favorite part.
Again, the pie slice was extremely generous, allowing us to snack on this for several consecutive nights- definitely well-worth its price point. My friend wrapped up a slice of the Butterscotch Bourbon for her husband and reported that he gave it his full approval after "wolfing it down." So that makes it official- every single sweet option at Magpie is a winner. I'm definitely interested in returning for the savory options as well- the Butternut Gouda is for sure calling my name. I would have to follow it up with a slice of the Chocolate Pecan.. or maybe the Ginger Pear? I'm glad they don't have more options, or it could potentially be a serious source of stress to choose just one!
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