After reading Angela Morgan wax poetic about the Apple Crumb Cake at Alexander’s at PasadenaNow, I realized that pumpkin spice really does get all the attention this time of year. It probably has something to do with Starbucks’ ubiquitous lattes and all the spinoffs they have created over the years. In any case, if you don’t want to try Alexander’s modern take on apple crumb, there are plenty of places around town to score a traditional apple dessert. Check out:
Tucked away on Mentor Avenue, head to Braise and Crumble for a single serving of their 4-bite pies, which currently includes “Apple Crack Pie.” It’s pretty much the perfect thing to finish off a meal of their other comfort foods, from veggie chili to old-fashioned buttermilk fried chicken.
Over at Whisk Bakery, you can even score a gluten-free vegan version of apple pie in cupcake form. Or try other seasonally inspired cupcakes, such as pumpkin and Maple Pecan. You can probably order some for the holidays if you happen to be attending a tofurkey festivity this year.
Before or after catching a movie at the Regency Academy discount theater, swing by The Gourmet Cobbler Factory for some apple cobbler. It’s so small that you can walk right by without noticing it, but if you smell something sweet in the air, chances are that they are baking something delicious, like a sweet potato pie or pecan pie. There’s also gumbo on the menu, if you’re not feeling a sugar rush, and the best part is that the cobblers are different sizes, so you can get one for yourself or a crowd. It’s a small mom and pop operation, so call ahead if you have a particular flavor in mind or need to special order.
Europane always seems to sell it’s goodies early, but if you can manage it, try some of their rustic apple pie—which is kind of tart-like. And of course, they have other seasonal specialties like pumpkin and pecan pies.
The best part about many of the apple pies around town is that they come in small, individual sizes so that you can enjoy your one time treat, or share it, without having a lot of leftovers before the holidays officially begin.
photo courtesy of Pillsbury Company