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10 bakeries to buy pumpkin pie in Toronto

Posted by Robyn Urback / September 29, 2012

pumpkin pie torontoPumpkin pie in Toronto may not be totally exclusive to this time of year, but it does seem to crop up with deliciously spiced abundance over these next few weeks. Whether for Thanksgiving, fall gatherings, or simply an excuse to eat pie, bakeries start gearing up for the inevitable rush of autumn pumpkin pie requests right about now. And with good reason. Just prepare to call ahead and/or reserve to call dibs if you're keen to get your hands on a pumpkin pie from one of these places.

Yummy Stuff
Yummy Stuff does its pumpkin pie "deep dish" style, meaning you can count on a pretty hefty crust to spiced-pumpkin-goodness ratio. Perfect for those especially keen on creamy pie filling. Available mostly around Thanksgiving time, Yummy's pumpkin pies come in a small size perfect for two or three ($8.00) or a large pie to split amongst eight or more ($15).

Moo Milk Bar
Moo Milk Bar is not just milk 'n cookies! (though it's understandable that you might get distracted by its take on the winning duo.) Yes, baker Danielle Oron has also mastered the art of the classic pie, taking orders for her pumpkin treat all year round. This pie is a standard nine-inch pie, and undoubtedly goes well with a little "Bottom of the Bowl" Milk Bar milk.

Wanda's Pie in the Sky
Really, what is a list of pies if it doesn't include a nod to Wanda's? Wanda's Pie in the Sky starts whipping up her pumpkin pies right around this time of year, selling them right through the holidays up until the first week of January. Needless to say, they're not a hard sell. Wanda's pumpkin pies come in six-inch ($9.95), nine-inch ($20.75), and 11-inch sizes ($38.00).

Kensington Natural Bakery
Kensington Natural Bakery always seems to consider any and ever specific dietary need, and even when it comes to pumpkin pie, Kensington pulls through. Its pumpkin pie is vegan-friendly — no eggs or milk in the filling — and made with its signature spelt crust. Available throughout the year, this nine-inch pie is among the best priced on this list at $8.75.

Dufflet
Dufflet always seems to flaunt something to ruin your diet, and Thanksgiving time is certainly no exception. Along with its brandy pumpkin cheesecake and mini pumpkin tarts, Dufflet makes an ultra-smooth classic pumpkin pie that's only available up until the last week of November. In other words, you should probably start hoarding now. A nine-inch pumpkin pie is $19.00.

Flaky Tart
Flaky Tart does its pies straight-up old school, so you can count on this pumpkin pie as perhaps the closest thing to grandma's recipe (minus the guilt: "What do you mean you don't want another slice?!"). Available seasonally like many of Flaky Tart's options, this pumpkin pie is eight-inches and priced at $16.50.

The Pie Shack
The Pie Shack regulars surely already have the dates marked down in their calendars. Its beloved pumpkin pies arrive promptly on October 1st, and are sold right through until the end of Thanksgiving. So if you've got your heart set on this pie, call ahead to reserve. These pumpkin pies are about as classic as they get, made to 10 inches and pegged at $25, like all other Pie Shack pies.

Canadian Pie Company
While Canadian Pie Company is known for its chewy croissant/puff pastry hybrid that acts as crust for many of its fruit pies, pumpkin, as we all know, needs a little more structure. And so, you'll find CPC's pumpkin pie made with more of a standard cookie crust, filled with its lightly spiced pumpkin filling, and available by order all year round. The pies come in two sizes — nine inches and 12 inches — and priced at $16.00 and $23.00 respectively.

SanRemo Bakery
SanRemo has an unbelievable bakery spread, and that spread is only enhanced when its pumpkin pie makes a much-anticipated annual arrival. Along with its pumpkin cheesecake and pumpkin spiced latte (eat your heart out, Starbucks) SanRemo's pumpkin pie crops up early August. Full-sized pies start at $5.99.

Mabel's
Mabel's is another bakery that does its pumpkin pie deep-dish-style. Maybe it's a west-end thing? These pies arrive once autumn hits and are baked up fresh right through Christmas. Mabel's does its pumpkin in two sizes — a small-ish five-incher for $5.95, and a nine-inch pie for $16.50.

Photo of Dufflet's pumpkin pie by Alexandra Grigorescu

Discussion

12 Comments

Johnny Tronno / September 29, 2012 at 11:48 am
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OK, I'll start....

$38 FOR A PIE????????????????

Wanda's pies might be in the sky but her head must be in the clouds!
Charles / September 29, 2012 at 11:55 am
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FYI from Kensington Natural Bakery: From when we open on Oct. 5 to when we close on Oct. 8, you can purchase our Thanksgiving pumpkin pie for $8 instead of the regular $8.75. We encourage diners to call ahead and reserve a pie that fits their specific dietary needs.

On top of our vegan spelt pumpkin pie for wheat allergies described above, we also make a vegan pumpkin pie with a rice crust for Celiac/gluten-free diners.

No refined sugar is used in our pies. A little barley malt syrup is usually used to sweeten them, but we do offer agave nectar as a sweetener for our diabetic diners.
Tyrone / September 29, 2012 at 12:41 pm
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Where can a brother get a sweet potato pie in this city?
Bread and Roses / September 29, 2012 at 12:59 pm
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Bread and Roses in the Bloor West Village has the best pumpkin pies.
Heather / September 29, 2012 at 01:38 pm
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Absolute Bakery & Cafe at Wellesley and Parliament has some of the best pumpkin pies (and fruit and custard pies as well) in the whole city! And they are about $13.
Bev / September 29, 2012 at 03:07 pm
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Forget pies! Pumpkin cupcakes from Dlish are my Thanksgiving treats.
Ps / September 29, 2012 at 04:47 pm
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BUNNERS (vegan bakery in Junction) is selling gluten free vegan pumpkin pies!
Sean / September 30, 2012 at 01:39 am
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All this vegan stuff for a pumpkin pie - I don't get it. There's no meat in it! I'm buying my pie over at the nearest grocery store, heat it up and eat it with ice cream. For the main course, I'm making my mmm fried chicken with all the fixens.
Jon replying to a comment from Sean / September 30, 2012 at 12:05 pm
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lol vegan isn't just meat it is any animal product including dairy.
Margaret replying to a comment from Tyrone / October 1, 2012 at 12:14 am
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I think the best place for sweet potato and pumpkin pie is Courage Foods at 946 Kingston Road. They have the best crust that really makes the pie spectacular. And it's really good cold too.
Judy / October 1, 2012 at 02:35 pm
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This article inspired me to do my own bit of research for my blog. All other pumpkin kinda treats in Toronto. I call it, Pumpkin in the City.
Ila / March 4, 2014 at 11:15 am
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My fav is a Better Homes & Gardens Recipe: Lemonade Roll. It's the same concept as Pumpkin Roll but obslouviy you replace the pumpkin with Lemon. It is light, fluffy & scrumptious. I'm actually going to be making it on Friday for the Visdos family Valentine's Day celebration. : ) I have a photo of it that I will put onto fb since I'm not sure how to post a pic to your blog.

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