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In our house, birthdays are more likely to be celebrated with pie rather than cake. And since numerous members of my crew have late summer / early autumn birthdays, the pie-of-choice is often apple. We've tried a lot of different apple pies, from chain restaurants, grocery stores, co-ops and even homemade (which is always delectable, but we don't always have the time for that).
This weekend, in honor of my son turning 15, we pre-ordered a classic apple pie from Honey Pie Cafe, 2643 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. When we picked it up we were surprised by how heavy it was, but after forking into it, we completely understood because the pie was absolutely packed with tart, sliced apples. The lattice-top gave it an extra classic, lovingly handcrafted look and, like the entire crust, it was flaky and flavorful.
The pie served seven people on Saturday night and there was even a piece left over for the birthday boy's Sunday breakfast. For $29, it was a steal.
But the "cherry on top" of the pie was actually a scoop of Purple Door malted vanilla ice cream. We heated up the pie in the oven prior to serving, so the ice cream was both solid and melty atop the pie, tasting of natural vanilla with hints of malt.
Because the Brewers are doing so well right now, I'll go so far as to say Honey Pie's apple pie along with Purple Door's malted vanilla ice cream are a sweet, sweet home run. Plus, supporting local businesses is usually a win-win situation.
Molly Snyder started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.
Molly is a regular contributor to FOX6 News and numerous radio stations as well as the co-host of "Dandelions: A Podcast For Women.” She's received five Milwaukee Press Club Awards, served as the Pfister Narrator and is the Wisconsin State Fair’s Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Champion of 2019.