That’s right: this is a guide to some of central New Jersey’s best bakeries and pastry shops in recognition of Pi Day! Unfortunately, I never got into baking because I have no patience for measurements. But that just means I get to enjoy the fruits of all the local baker’s labor (pun intended). So be a little irrational on this 3.14 day and pick up a pie (or two or three) at all of these wonderful spots.
So without further ado, I present to you my favorite bakeries (in no particular order):
LiLLiPiEs Bakery (Princeton, NJ)
When pies are baked into the bakery’s name, you know it’s going to have good pie. But that’s not all you’ll come home with when you visit this small batch bakery. You’ll probably wind up with an armful of their cookies, breads, and muffins, too. Because who can resist all the different varieties of bread a bakery can offer? Be sure to check their bread schedule – it changes on the regular.
Wildflour Bakery (Lawrenceville, NJ)
My love affair with Wildflour Bakery started at a farm to table dinner at Cherry Grove Cheese farm the summer of 2016. I had the pleasure of sitting next to Marilyn Besner of Wildflour Bakery and Café, where she turned me into a gluten-free believer! Her bread, cheese puffs and pie, each one more delicious than the last, were so good I almost didn’t believe her that they were all gluten free. And their mini pies are heavenly with some Bent Spoon ice cream!
Brick Farm Market (Hopewell, NJ)
When I stop in to the Brick Farm Market in Hopewell for grassfed beef and pastured pork and lamb, I can’t help but pick up a loaf of bread and a sweet artisanal pastry for myself. Yeah, I’ve never been one to heed the “don’t go shopping when you’re hungry” advice. But that’s okay because their mini tarts, scones, danishes, muffins, and croissants are worth every single calorie. And I love how they change by the season to showcase local available fruits whenever possible!
Terhune Orchards (Princeton, NJ)
If you know and love Terhune Orchards, you’ve probably had their cider doughnuts a few dozen times. But one of their most popular desserts is plump, moist apple crisp made with choice Terhune Orchards apples and topped with morsels of crumbly brown sugar and cinnamon. And during the holidays they have over 20 different types of pie available! That will make any pie lover supremely happy.
The Gingered Peach (Lawrenceville, NJ)
Brace yourself for baked goods with names like “caramel crack” (rich brioche rolled and baked in a signature toffee sauce) and “the lovely hostess” (chocolate cake filled with vanilla cream and dipped in chocolate ganache). The Gingered Peach aims to please with Instagram-worthy pastries like their Lucky Charms Captain Crunch Cereal doughnut. But they also cater to the classics with yummy freshly grated zucchini bread and olive oil cake. Their pies tend to be a bit more seasonal, but I bet you’ll start to see them soon. No matter which way you go, just know that your sweet tooth is in for a ride!
(PS – Emery’s Berry Farm is another one of my favorites, but they are only open in the spring! We like to stop there for pies on our way to the beach. Try the Trifecta and you won’t be disappointed: blueberries, cherries and peaches grown right there on the farm in New Egypt, NJ)