Posted by: Kath Usitalo | May 18, 2010

My Oh My: We Love That Pie!

Tom's Cheery Cherry Cherry Berry Pie should be Michigan's Official State Pie

At Sweetie-licious Bakery Cafe, the pies have it.

I’d heard about the cute, retro pie shop north of Lansing and the perky, pearl-wearing Linda Hundt behind the rolling pin, but until last week had not made the detour to DeWitt to check it out.

Sweetie-licious is a bright spot in Downtown DeWitt

After Paige, TJ and I did the Michigan State University campus tour on Friday (yes, she’s a high school Junior already!) we headed to the Capital City bedroom community late in the afternoon.

Multiple subdivisions and a forlorn strip mall later I was happy to see that Sweetie-licious is very much a part of the 1830’s village at the heart of the former farming community.

With Big Band music playing in the background we browsed the displays of vintage cookbooks, magazines, aprons and pink metal play kitchen appliances (I had those!).

The chalkboard menu listed several sandwiches, soups and quiche but we were there for one thing—pie.

Because it was near quittin’ time the assorted glass cake stands in the display case were empty but for one: We nabbed the last whole pie, Tom’s Cheery Cherry Cherry Berry, which weighed a ton and oozed berry juice through its thick crust.

We brought the prized dessert to a family gathering the next day in honor of our nephew (and Godchild) Kevin, who was home on leave from the Army before being deployed to Afghanistan. (Quite an occasion for comfort food.)

Every Sweetie-licious pie has a story, told on the attached tag.

Everyone confirmed that this pie, with its dense fruit and melt-in-your mouth crust, certainly deserved its Best of Show award in the 2009 Food Network contest.

I am not a pie expert, but this one was so good I’m tempted to adopt Linda’s mission, “Changing the World, One Pie at a Time,” and start a movement to make Tom’s Cheery Cherry Cherry Berry Pie the Official State Pie of Michigan.

(Sweetie-licious is closed on Sunday. If you can’t make it to the shop in person, by the end of May you’ll be able to order your pie at the Sweetie-licious Online Store.)

MICHIGAN, THE GREAT PIE STATE

This year Sweetie-licious brought home four awards from the 2010 American Pie Council National Pie Championships: the Banana Cream and Cherry Rhubarb both won in the Small Commercial Bakery Competition, and in the Professional Division the Cherry Blackberry Peach landed 1st place and the County Fair Candy Apple Pie received Honorable Mention (2nd place).

A photo of Linda Hundt and awards for her Sweetie-licious pies on display at the bakery

Michigan was well-represented among the winners in the National Pie Championships: Rumie Martinez of Farwell won for her Best Ever Caramel Apple Pecan Pie; Carol Socier of Bay City for her Streusel Topped Sweet Potato Dessert and Indian Summer Pumpkin and Raspberry Smoothie Cream Pies; Diane Selich of Vassar for her Lovin My Latte and Three Blind Mice Chocolate Cream Pies.

The 9″ Berry Patch Pie from Achatz Handmade Pie Company of Armada won in the Commercial division. NOTE: In honor of those who have served, you can order an Achatz apple pie for Memorial Day Weekend for just $10; see details at the Achatz website.

Visitor Info Click: Lansing

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Responses

  1. Nothing beats Linda’s pies! Except maybe Linda, in her pearls and apron…or the fabulous pink packaging…or the delish sandwiches with a side of Bugles. No, the pies win, hands down!

    • I’ll be back to sample some of the other goodies!

  2. YUM!!! I’m all about pies–and this one looks delicious. And what do you mean, you’re no expert on pies–come on, Kath. You’re too modest. Donna

  3. Cherry pie sounds really good. Really, really good. I’m getting some free rhubarb tomorrow…contemplating pie around here, too.

    • Love rhubarb. Muffins, bread, pie, sauce….mmmmmmm……

    • Oh a guest of mine just brought me this huge bag of rhubarb today. Come over and make me a pie, Kathy.

      Ok, that cherry pie looks too good to eat, Kath. Bring one, aren’t you coming to Frankfort sometime soon? Bring one, we’ll sit on the front porch or in back and eat it with some whipping cream and a cup of French press coffee. What say you?

      • Iris, ohhh yes. I want to eat cherry or rhubarb pie with you and Kath. OK and Cindy too! And Donna and Lori and everyone else who comments on this blog. I can’t eat whipping cream–maybe a taste!–but the French press coffee sounds so heavenly I’m headed downstate now. Just kiddin’! But one of these days…

      • Sounds like a plan, Iris!

        Now I want rhubarb.

        Would love that Sweetie-licious crust recipe. Start with Crisco, I know….

  4. Oh my! We have some good friends that live in DeWitt and though we don’t make it downstate very often, this will surely be on my list now!

    I got a rhubarb plant from a friend last summer and it’s lookin’ good for rhubarb crisp here soon, soon, soon….horray! And I have to freeze enough for a pie with strawberries for my Ricky’s September birthday – he’s happy as I haven’t had access to rhubarb in awhile and it’s is favorite birthday pie! 🙂 Wow – THAT was a ramble….sorry :}

    • How could I forget rhubarb crisp!?

  5. Just saw this bakery at the very end of an episode of House Hunters last night on HGTV!! A young couple was searching for a home in DeWitt/Lansing and at the very end of the episode it showed them in the bakery having a delicious looking pie packaged up. It was very exciting to see!! Sweetie-licious is huge!

    • Packaged in the pink box? Love the pink boxes.

  6. Ooh, I’ve been hankering to taste her pies for a long time. Just haven’t made it up there yet. One of these days, Sweetie Pie, here I come…

    • You will not regret it.

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