“Our mission is to serve pie that is as good as or better than our mothers and grandmothers made and to serve it in a relaxing, family style atmosphere.” — Fredericksburg Pie Company’s mission statement
What could be better than a welcoming pie shop in a pretty little house in the middle of a charming Texas town? Not much. And that’s exactly what you’ll find when you visit the Fredericksburg Pie Company in Fredericksburg, Texas.
The shop is housed in a blue and white cottage just a block off of Fredericksburg’s bustling main street. This lively shopping destination (more than 150 stores and no chains allowed) in the middle of the beautiful Texas Hill Country is a wonderful place to visit — and the pie shop only adds to its appeal. Merle and Tawny Tully, the shop’s talented owners, specially chose that location to make it easier for their customers to park, whether picking up a whole pie or stopping in for a satisfying slice.
When I met with Tawny to taste some of their creations, she couldn’t have been more gracious with me or the many customers who steadily came by. She and Merle do all the baking themselves, beginning at 4 a.m. on the four days they’re open (Wednesday through Saturday). They offer up to 20 different kinds of pie a day and the varieties are constantly changing. While the shop opens at 10, they close when all the pies are sold out, usually between 2 and 4 p.m.
Cream pies, pecan pies, fruit pies and four varieties of peach.
These are the pies I was lucky enough to sample: Peach Praline, Pecan, Pecan Bourbon, German Chocolate, Coconut Meringue and Buttermilk. Nuts crackled, chocolates were rich, fruit flavors were lively and bright and the meringues were light.
Here are some of the others in their delicious repertoire: Peanut Butter Cup, Coconut Cream, Chocolate Cream, Key Lime, Apple Crumb, Cherry and Chocolate Pecan. With Fredericksburg being smack in the middle of Texas’ peach belt, baking with that mercurial fruit is one of their specialties and it’s a luxury to have so many peachy options: Peach, Peach-Blueberry, Peach Cobbler and the amazing one I tasted, Peach Praline. As an amateur baker myself, I know how hard it is to produce a fabulous pie and with each bite, it’s clear that Merle and Tawny have cracked the code on all fronts.
Being a student of pie perfection, I asked Tawny how she makes her crust. She declined to disclose her ingredients and I guess I don’t blame her (although I would have loved to know). The crusts were fresh tasting crisp, the perfect complement to the fillings.
Dedicated to doing one thing extremely well.
I loved the singularity of Fredericksburg Pie Company: they don’t serve anything other than their fabulous pies. There’s Fredericksburg Texas Coffee and a couple of other drinks, but no other food items — so it’s a pure pie experience. As for whole pies, they do a brisk business, especially during the holidays when they practically bake round the clock in order to satisfy the demand. Intent on never making a mistake, even without sleep, Merle and Tawny premix their spices and other dry ingredients during this time so as not to grab cinnamon instead of sugar when tiredness takes over.
As if an adorable little pie shop weren’t wonderful enough, Tawny also sells vintage kitchenware, linens and quilts. These lovely items are displayed throughout the shop and have a back room of their own where stacks of well-loved quilts are reasonably priced and looking for happy new homes. — Photos and story by Leslie Long, RFT Contributor
Fredericksburg Pie Company
108 E. Austin Street
Open Thursday through Saturday from 10AM until pies are sold out.