Last Saturday I watched Unique Sweets on The Cooking Channel (locally that is Ch-239). This episode was dedicated to all things chocolate and included a local pie shop with stores in Somerville and East Cambridge called Petsi Pies.
Living in the South End, I’ve become spoiled by all the great bakeries in my nearby so I went to check out Petsi Pies to see if it lived up to the hype. In the name of ‘research’, I purchased some of their most popular chocolate goodies.
The Whoopie Pie Cupcake includes a decadent chocolate ganache frosting and whipped cream filling that reminds me more of gourmet hostess cupcake than a whoopie pie, but don’t take that as a complaint. Upon biting into this treat I promptly had to pour myself a large cup of milk. I can see how these could be incredibly addicting. This is a must try for cupcake lovers.
The Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie was too enticing not to try and turned out to be my favorite item purchased. The Bourbon is subtly infused into the soft chocolate filling and not overpowering at all. My favorite thing about this pie is the mixture of the filling and crushed pecans generously sprinkled on the top. I think this probably would go best with a large dollop of fresh whipped cream and should replace traditional pecan pies.
The Mississippi Mud Pie is for the person who believes there is no such thing as too much chocolate. The dark, thin pie crust tastes like a crushed chocolate cookies. And that pie crust is necessary to hold all the gooey, chocolate brownie-like batter that is piled on top of it. However, just to make certain a chocolate-induced food coma will ensue Petsi Pies then tops the filling with chunks of chocolate brownie and drizzles it with chocolate ganache.
All told, I have to say that Pesti Pies did live up to the hype and is worth visiting. If you like this type of ‘reasearch’ let me know, and I’ll continue this important work; ignoring my ever expanding waistline. Is there a bakery or pastry shop you love in the Boston area you think I should check it out? Let me know.