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If your lockdown lacks whimsy -- a certainty for most of us -- you’ll want to get your hands on Toronto’s newest, most fanciful pies. From treats with tie-dyed crusts and pastel-hued meringue clouds, featuring the most tempting, nostalgic flavours you can imagine, the desserts from The New Pie Company are guaranteed to improve your mood, sate your sweet tooth and warm your pandemic-weary heart.
Introduced in March through a series of giveaways, The New Pie Company has recently been selling its pies through local pop-ups. With inventory selling out through pre-order in record time, the trick is securing pies before they’re gone.
“Our plan,” say owners Sheila Labao and Miguel Hernandez, “is to introduce Toronto to new pie flavours and textures that literally came from our imaginations.” It’s not hard to see the creativity at work in flavours like Caramel POP, a pie made with white chocolate caramel custard and bitter caramel sauce, crowned with caramel popcorn. The Birthday pie is another of the duo’s most inspired creations -- a Funfetti butter crust filled with vanilla custard, decorated with airy swirls of millennial pink meringue.
Based on popular flavours from their home countries, other pies are more traditional, though no less appealing. A nod to Labao’s Filipino heritage, New Pie’s Buko pie with coconut cream and a buttery double crust is an expertly-made take on a classic.
Orders for the company's upcoming pie drop open on their website on April 25 at noon. Pickup will be on May 1 at Lit Espresso Bar, at 221 Roncesvalles Ave. Watch the company's Instagram account for details about other drops, including one for Mother's Day that's currently in the works. For those looking to up their own baking abilities, Labao is also hosting a Portuguese tart workshop on April 25.