All self respecting math fanatics know that Pi Day (March 14th) is just around the corner. In honor of pi’s infinite nature, it seemed logical that we ought to prepare a post on the other, perhaps tastier, pie. As luck would have it, the month of March also happens to be the state of Florida’s 172nd birthday (it became our 27th state on March 3, 1845) and Florida is of course known for its key lime pie. So, since the timing seemed right, we wanted to reveal a secret… While it’s true that there are fantastic key lime pies to be had in the Florida Keys, the best key lime pie time can actually be had in Orlando at the P is for Pie Bake Shop.
Some key lime pies aren’t tart enough. Some have way too much meringue topping (which looks lovely, but takes away from the pie’s flavor). Some key lime pies lack a delicious crust, but P is for Pie Bake Shop does everything just right.
The other incredible thing about P is for Pie is that you can nab their key lime pie in a cutie pie size. (For me this was a two biter, for others it may be single bite sized.)
The sheer range of pies on display at P is for Pie Bake Shop is enough to overwhelm you. The small batch artisan bakery offers up traditional six and nine inch pies in flavors strawberry basil and lemon cream with berries and walnut thyme streusel…
…as well as pie pops and mason jar pies.
During our visit we opted for the brunch special of the day which was a potato, basil and ricotta frittata served with a homemade biscuit. We also snagged a blueberry and goat cheese hand pie made with blackberry and honey basil. Oh, and one chocolate chip cookie, for, you know, safety. All of the grub was fresh and, well, as sweet as pie. My absolute favorite had to be the cutie pie version of P is for Pie Bake Shop’s key lime pie.
By some miraculous form of will power we were just barely able to escape the sticky clutches of freshly baked cinnamon rolls (another daily brunch special).
Everything in the bakery, including those flaky crusts, is made by hand from scratch. Since Ed and Stacey Tomljenovich, P is for Pie Bake Shop’s owners, insist on using seasonal and local ingredients, the menu often varies.
The shop is beautifully decorated with strategically placed pops of color.
If you pop in hoping to snag whole and small pies on the fly, you’ll want to visit P is for Pie Bake Shop on Fridays and Saturdays when they’re available on a first come, first serve basis. You can order pies ahead of time. Your best bet is to place a call 24, if not 48, hours in advance.
Whether you’re looking to celebrate this Pi Day with local scratch-baked classic American pies or just hankering for something sweet that comes with a bit modern Southern flair, P is for Pie Bake Shop ought to be your top Pi Day stop in Florida.
P is for Pie Bake Shop
Address: 2806 Corrine Drive
Orlando, Florida 32803
Hours: Monday Through Saturday 7:30am to 4:30pm *Or Until They Sell Out
Phone: (407) 745-4743
Pricing (All in U.S. Dollars or USD): Cutie Pies $2.00 Each or Four for $7.00, Pie Pops $3.50 Each, Hand Pies $2.00 to $7.00, Whoopie Pies and Cookies $1.50 to $2.50, Mini Pies $3.50 to $3.75, Mason Jar Pies and Mason Jar Cobblers $3.75 to $5.50, Six or Nine Inch Pies $25.00 Crumb or Crisp and $30.00 for Double Crust, $60.00 for Ceramic or Glass Pie Plates Including Plate Rental Fee