You can’t get much more American than eating apple pie on the Fourth of July. And in the Midlands, there is no short supply of bakeries and restaurants that serve up it up right.
Here’s a sampling.
Rise Gourmet Goods and Bake Shop
There are so many highly requested pastries at Rise that deeming one the most popular is quite an honor (for the pastry). According to chef Sarah Simmons, the Harden Street eatery’s roasted apple galette – a type of baked apple tart – takes the cake, or the pie, as the case may be.
“We use the roasted apple jam we sell in our cold case, which is made from coating Granny Smith apples in sugar, bruleeing them and cooking them down with cinnamon and nutmeg,” Simmons said. “We then scoop it into our pate brisee (lightly sweet pie crust made with European butter), folding the edges over the jam to form a rustic tart.”
926 Harden St. 6:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday; 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. (803) 851-1248, www.risebakeshop.com
Yesterday’s caramel apple pie – fresh-baked with brown sugar and a pinch of cinnamon – is a can’t-miss indulgence worth finding a parking space for in Five Points. Served warm with ice cream and caramel syrup, the gooey dessert deserves its own Food Network closeup.
2030 Devine St. 11:15 a.m.-midnight Monday-Thursday; 11:15 a.m.-1 a.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-1 a.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-midnight Sunday. (803) 799-0196, www.yesterdayssc.com
The deep-dish apple pie at Harper’s is served up like your grandmother would make it – hot in a large, rectangular cast-iron skillet and topped with vanilla ice cream. For many customers, it’s a can’t-miss menu item, according to the staff.
700 Harden St. 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday. (803) 252-2222, www.harpersgroup.com/harpers_columbia.asp
Silver Spoon Bake Shop
Silver Spoon Bake Shop may not have prepared apple pies for pickup in its Devine Street shop, but once you’ve had Erin Noble’s version, you’ll see the time required for a custom order, 9-inch lattice-topped apple pie is worth the wait.
2507 Devine St. (803) 673-6374, www.silverspoonbakeshop.com
The Farmer’s Shed
In addition to its most highly requested summer pies of chocolate delight, peach delight and lemon icebox (made from generations-old Sease Farms family recipes), The Farmer’s Shed in Lexington also stocks its large refrigerated to-go case with whole apple pies made in house and from scratch.
2514 Augusta Highway, Lexington. 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday. Closed Saturday and Sunday. (803) 996-0700, www.farmersshed.com