The Mini: there is something inside of all of us that just gets excited and joyful over miniature versions of things. Something about small, downsized, and replicated objects that touch on our pleasure systems and instantly make us “Awww”. Think about baby animals! A kitten is just a mini cat. Yet they can make non-cat-lovers still gush over their tiny meows and itsy-bitsy paws. To make sure we are all on the same page, baby/tiny/mini things are adorable and are for some reason, more appealing to the heart.
That is why when I was exposed to Providence Pie Company, I squealed with instant “want/need”. Providence Pie Company, or PVDPie, takes your favorite pies and pulls a “Honey I Shrunk the Kids”. These lil flaky babies fit in the palm of your hand. But don’t let their dwarfish appearance fool you, they are absolutely divine and have all of the flakey, yummy flavor that you find in their full-sized counterparts. Here’s what we got:
The caramel apple pie: this cutie was a harmonious blend of crisp and tart granny smith apples, cinnamon, and sweet caramel filling topped off with a beautiful lattice crust, and sprinkled with sugar. It looks like a delicate creation and tastes like the sweetest, sunniest autumn day.
The topless blueberry pie: I think that what makes this small but mighty pie so good is the use of cooked and fresh blueberries in the filling. What a genius move. This not only heightened the texture, but also the taste! Its topless meaning these berries don’t need a crusty blanket, probably because it’s such a perfect summer treat. Blueberries may as well be the mascot of summer, so dive in. The lemon zest topping it off is so perfectly balancing, bringing all the flavors together.
The fruit tart: Let me just say that I am a sucker for fruit tarts and this one was a winner in my book. The petit cup was graced with a flakey and buttery crust, topped with strawberries, blueberries, and kiwi. But the star of this tart was the filling. The vanilla cream cheese filling was beautifully whipped so that it was thick yet airy, and tasting of creamy citrus. It was blissful.
Finally, my favorite...the strawberry rhubarb crumble: I personally think that strawberry rhubarb is such an underrated pie, it truly is one of my favorites. And then, PVDPie throws down the hammer and makes this a straw-rhub crumble!? Ugh! My life was changed. (If you can’t tell, pies with crumble crusts are my favorite). If you have ever tasted rhubarb outside of it being in a pie, you’d know that it’s pretty (super) bitter. However, when you mash it with sugar and strawberries, it transforms from the ugly duckling to a majestic swan, yielding the wonderful creation of the strawberry rhubarb pie. This pocket-sized pie made me fall in love, head over heels.
Really, when it comes to pie, there's a few boxes that must be checked. The crust, the consistency of the filling, and the sweet to tart ratio. Most pie fillings consist of a tart fruit (such as granny smith apples) and a sweet sugary mixture, and the balance of flavors is key. Providence Pie Company handled each of these like true pie professionals. Consider every box checked, red and bold. And if you want to hear an adorable story of how the owners came to establish PVDPie, read about it on their website. Seriously, it makes the pies even cuter, although it's hard to believe they could get any more adorable. While you’re there, order some pies! Pies can be ordered online through their website (pvdpie.com), or you can message them on their instagram (@pvdpie). Also, be sure to check them out for their pop-up at Stock on Hope Street, on July 9th!