Enjoy tarts with a view at Pie Oh My in Maplewood.Photo by Kathy Deters
On a cold, grey Saturday in early November, Jane Callahan stands at a butcher block just a few steps from the counter of her new Maplewood pie shop, Pie Oh My, a bandana in her hair, rolling out a pie crust and carefully stretching it across a pan. On a nearby counter, finished products quietly tantalize customers, as only pie can.
A customer peruses the menu's traditional flavors, like apple, blueberry and banana cream, along with some more inventive flavors, like white chocolate banana cream and apple green chili pecan. A young assistant wraps up a few to-go items for the customer and then processes the transaction using a tablet. It's this natural blend of tradition and innovation, the expected with the unexpected, that makes Pie Oh My a natural fit in this hip yet retro part of St. Louis.
Callahan bakes her pies just as her mother taught her while growing up on a farm in Minnesota. Though her lovely, carefully fluted, deliciously flakey crusts provide the perfect canvas for Pie Oh My's tasty treats, it's Callahan's use of fresh ingredients that really sets her pies apart. Sweet, tender apples give the caramel apple pecan pie a straight-from-the-orchard taste; the pumpkin tastes as if it were freshly harvested and cooked over a hearth. The pecan pumpkin is a well-balanced marriage of two classic holiday flavors. Callahan also doesn't shy away from bold flavors; her mocha tart packs a java punch that's sure to get you through the rest of that busy day of holiday shopping.
Children will enjoy visiting the shop and watching Callahan and her assistants perform their pastry prep, and they're sure to ooh and ahh over the shop's tart-sized pies, which are just as cute as they are delicious. These petite treats are perfect for kids' tiny appetites, and offer a bit of flexibility for families that can't agree on just one flavor. The shop's limited seating along the window provides a perfect perch for streetside people-watching while enjoying a slice of pie and a cup of coffee, but larger families will probably find it more convenient to take their pies to go.
If your holiday table feels incomplete without a homemade, pie but you lack the time, skills or kitchen space to tackle the task, Callahan can help give your special dinner a made-from-scratch flavor. Call 314-704-4416 or e-mail [email protected] to place an order. Pie Oh My is now taking orders for Christmas, and Callahan recommends making special orders as early as possible. Five-inch pies start at $10 and tarts are $4.
Pie Oh My is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, and closed on Sundays and Mondays. The shop is located at 2719 Sutton Blvd., Maplewood, 63143. For a complete list of flavors, visit pieohmystl.com.