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Fredericksburg Pie Company: Pie-lover’s Bliss in Texas

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Photo courtesy Julia Ermlich

“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.

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Fredericksburg Pie company is located in a home cottage.

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.

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Owner Tawny Tully serves small sample slices so our group could sample lots of different pies.

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.

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You’re sure to find a pie you like on the daily pie menu.

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.

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You can get pie by the slice or whole pies. Photo courtesy Julia Ermlich.

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.

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You can buy cute kitchenware and quilts at Fredericksburg Pie Company.

 

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.

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What’s better than sitting on the porch with pie and coffee?

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
Fredericksburg, Texas
830 990-6992

www.fredericksburgtexasshopping.com

Open Thursday through Saturday from 10AM until pies are sold out.

 



Leslie Long

Leslie Long is a New York-based travel and lifestyle writer and photographer with a love of authentic places off the tourist track. She and her family often cross many state lines and travel far and wide in search of fabulous food and indigenous restaurants. She enjoys baking pies, growing as many herbs and vegetables as she can in containers ,and the constant pursuit of things that are wonderful and new. leslielongportfolio.com


2 thoughts on “Fredericksburg Pie Company: Pie-lover’s Bliss in Texas

  1. Barbara von Bergman

    This place looks so inviting. I just had to leave a comment. My daughter and I seek out pie shops when we travel. We love to make pies together at home for holidays or special occasions and when we find a great pie on the road it just makes the trip feel very special. I can see us sitting on that porch enjoying a pie together. This place would warrant a special trip to Fredericksburg. Thanks for sharing this.

    1. Bobbie Hasselbring, RFT EditorBobbie Hasselbring, RFT Editor

      Hey Barbara,
      Thanks for your kind comments. Leslie Long is one of our favorite food experts. We agree that this place is definitely worth a stop. Keep reading because we’ve got another pie story coming up next month. Thanks for reading. Cheers. — Bobbie, RFT Editor

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