When it comes to uniquely American treats, pie looms large in many people’s minds. As ubiquitous and familiar as pie is, until last year there were not many options in Austin for artisan-made, creative pies. It was all grocery store pies or slices from a restaurant.
The Pie Society founders and bakers Lindsay Leslie and Emily Ingle changed that in a big way. Their custom pie delivery service offers all the classics, but that is only the beginning. Creative variations on pie are their specialty, and playfulness is part of the personality of both the owners and the business. Emily invented the Crimp, a two-bites sized mini-pie, because she’s the kind of person who can never choose one type of pie. Instead of having to order four different slices of pie, a Crimp-eater can sample all the flavors guilt-free. Lindsay is the queen of crusts, and she delights in the delicate doughy process of pie forms and lattice work.
Chef Alex Galindo brings a level of culinary expertise to the team, and together the three pie maids invent recipes that often revolve around what is seasonally-available in central Texas. The Pie Society considers sourcing locally as a way that small businesses in the community are able to help one another to succeed. Fresh, local, seasonal ingredients yield such delights as the strawberry-rhubarb kiss – available only as long as the crops are tasty. Famous Texas peaches and pecans round out the haute flavors in pies that are always hand-made from scratch. This trio of pie creators looks forward to a long future of baking in Austin.