Thankfully, summer is fast approaching and cherry and berry pie season will soon be upon us, but until then, the apple pie at Four & Twenty Blackbirds makes the wait more than bearable.
I went to Four & Twenty Blackbirds for the first time a few weeks ago, and the Salted Caramel Apple Pie (pictured above) had to have been the most luscious apple pie I’ve ever eaten. The apples were tender, although not soggy, and amazingly juicy. And yet, the double-crust with the dusting of sea salt flakes on top somehow remained crisp and flaky. It was a remarkable feat. I would have preferred a little more salt as the crust was quite substantial, but it was a minor quibble in light of the wonderfulness of the filling.
In the case of the Grapefruit Custard Pie, I actually preferred the crust over the filling. The custard was smooth but also very bitter, and reminded me of grapefruit bitters which I actually like in my cocktails, but not as the main flavor profile in my desserts. The crust, however, was appropriately dense and buttery.
The total for both slices was $10.50, a hefty sum, but considering how good the apple pie was, the price was forgivable. Stick to the apple and you won’t be disappointed. Especially if you have the pie to stay and opt for a dollop of fresh whipped cream on top. Now that’s just as good as a cherry.