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Flowers and chocolate are nice, but pie really says “I love you.”
Rather than the usual bouquet of roses, this year we’re surprising our Valentine with dessert from Sister Pie, whose imaginative creations are just as pretty and way more delicious. This popup bakery combines classic techniques with innovative flavor combinations to produce some of the yummiest pies and cookies you’ve ever tasted.
Metro Detroit native Lisa Ludwinski was working as a head baker and recipe developer at David Chang’s legendary Momofuku Milk Bar in New York when she received a scholarship to study breadmaking back in her home state. After training with Zingerman’s Bakehouse and Avalon International Breads, in September 2012 Lisa moved back to Michigan and Sister Pie was born.
Sister Pie’s confections come in seasonal flavors like strawberry apricot basil, salted maple, and honey buttermilk lemon. We were especially fond of their holiday pies, particularly the brandy pecan. Their version is a sweet, crunchy delight. We love the cranberry crumble pie, chocked full of tart little berries that pair wonderfully with the subtly sweet, golden brown crumble topping.
As lovely as the sweet pies taste, their savory variety might be even better. An herbed chicken with parsnips and carrots is like chicken pot pie with the volume turned up. Their apple sage gouda has just the right balance of savory herbs, salty cheese and sweet apple flavor. Roasted brussel sprouts topped with mashed sweet potatoes might sound strange at first, but you’ll be a believer after just one bite. A slice of savory pie makes a satisfying lunch, dinner, or even breakfast. They make dinner parties, holidays, or casual get togethers super simple, too.
Sister Pie also bakes up handheld treats like tangerine tarragon shortbreads and addictively scrumptious batches of buckwheat chocolate chip cookies, which make a yummy treat any time of year.
Sister Pie’s confections are not only delicious, but breathtakingly beautiful. These pies could model for Bon Appetit or Food & Wine Magazine. Each flaky, buttery crust is hand made and the seasonal flavors change every month.
Sister Pie has a lovely Valentine’s Day selection for February. Bring home a creamy apple butter custard or a sweet, sour, and decadent honey lemon pie for your sweetie. Their red hot chocolate with nuts pie has an almond/pecan mix, bittersweet chocolate and a pinch of cayenne and cinnamon to spice up the flavor. With a savory steak and kale pie, you can offer your date a hearty V-Day dinner without actually having to do the cooking yourself. Savory or sweet, a 6-inch pie costs $10 and a 9-inch pie costs $24.
Surprise your Valentine with a shortbread trio, with subtle floral notes from flavors like lavender grapefruit, rose pistachio, and violet cornmeal. The shortbread costs just $10 for a one-pound assortment.
Sister Pie pops up in spots like Ponyride, the Hannan House Cafe, Shinola, and at events across Detroit. You can find their shortbread trios and mini pies at Always Brewing this Thursday, Feb. 6. Sister Pie’s delightful treats are also available for sale online, for delivery across the metro area.