No doubt, Wisconsin is one of the nation’s premier pie states; and among the foremost of its pie palaces is the Stockholm Pie Company, a corner store in a sweet little hamlet on the shore of Lake Pepin.
Savory pies are notable, among them sausage-apple-cheddar, bacon-pear-blue cheese, and chicken pot pie. They’re made with a flaky, melting-rich crust that complements whatever it holds. With a locally-bottled Spring Grove root beer – not too sweet, very spicy – one such pie is a memorable meal.
It’s the sweet pies that have put this place on the Roadfood honor roll. They come full-size and as 6-inchers suitable for two; and every day, about a dozen are available by the slice. The daily inventory varies, including such seasonal specialties as mincemeat, pumpkin, rhubarb, and eggnog custard. Among year-around favorites are caramel apple crunch, sour cream apple, peanut butter fudge, banana cream, and a stunning double lemon that is a ribbon of citrus-specked curd atop creamy lemon chess. If you love genuine, from-scratch butterscotch pie and know you are coming to Stockholm, call ahead and Janet will make one for you.
For those driving the Great River Road along the Wisconsin side of the Mississippi, there is a place you need to know about. Located in the tiny town of Stockholm (which had less than 100 people in the 2000 census) is the Stockholm Pie Company. A humble little place that has only been in business since 2008, this just might be the pie shop of my dreams!
Stopping by on a bright May morning, the aroma of fresh baked goods hit me as soon as I opened the door. There is a blackboard with a lengthy list of flavors, which you can buy per slice, per six-inch mini-pie, or as a whole ten-inch pie. At first, I was disheartened to find that my favorite pie, sour cream raisin, was not available because a previous customer came in and bought the entire pie. And they only make one of those pies a day. This is no mass-producing pie factory.
Cousin Johnny went for a slice of double lemon. The bottom layer is a sharp-tasting lemon chess pie, while the top layer is a light lemon custard, with cut up bits of lemon in it. He declared it the best slice of pie he has ever had! I had the apple pie baked in a bag. This is a tall stack of sweet apples, densely packed under a crumble top that reminds me of an apple crisp; another great slice of pie.
They also make great looking cinnamon rolls, savory pies (pear, bacon, blue cheese anyone?) and cookies with delicious fruit filling, which they call pie cookies.
So impressed by the pies, I mail ordered a couple home to me. There are only a few that the Stockholm Pie Company feels confident in shipping, but even after a couple days of transit, the blackberry pear had all the ladies in the office swooning.