From traditional favorites to fantastic Asian-influenced fusions, bakeries are getting ready for every Christmas party, Menorah lighting, Kwanza celebration, and annual Festivus airing of the grievances. A beautiful pie — flaky crust, succulent fruit, rich cream, a delicate balance of sugar and salt — will cap off any gathering with aplomb. Just be sure to mind the fast-approaching ordering deadlines for these bakeries — the only thing worse than baking a bad dessert is forgetting to order a good one.
The London Plane
300 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
206-624-1374 | Website
This bakery/wine bar/flower shop in Pioneer Square is trying to help you have it all this holiday season. Grab a ginger loaf cake, chocolate hazelnut tart, or pear gallette, and while you’re at it, pick up a wreath and some wine to pair with dinner.
Grand Central Bakery
214 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
206-622-3644 | Website
Grand Central Bakery really gives holiday go-getters the best of both worlds. If you’re truly strapped for time or self-confidence, you can grab a pre-baked pie like Marionberry or bourbon pecan, or if you’re feeling slightly more industrious you can pick up some of the company’s famous “u-bake” pies or pie crusts and finish the job at home.
2001 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
206-441-4540 | Website
A Seattle holiday season would not be complete without Tom Douglas’ Triple Coconut Cream Pie, a favorite of the Obamas. Indulge in this iconic Emerald City dessert and start a new family tradition of coconut — just make sure to get enough for breakfast the next day or you’ll be sorry. All holiday orders must be placed by 3 p.m. on Thursday, December 22.
2408 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
206-448-4032 | Website
Macrina has become a one-stop shop for the holidays, the place to get your Christmas Day quiche and your New Year’s Eve sweets. If you don’t indulge with eggnog cheesecake this year, you’re doing the holidays wrong. All of Macrina’s seasonal items are available through January 8 and need to be ordered by noon two days in advance.
137 15th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112
206-858-6957 | Website
Bakery Nouveau is celebrating the holiday season with the likes of Maui pie (coconut mousse, passion fruit and mango puree on lime chiffon), peppermint cheesecake, and chocolate hazelnut panettone. Both locations are taking holiday orders through December 20 then reopening after Christmas for your New Year’s Eve needs. Though there will be some delicious dishes available for walk-ins, it’s definitely suggested that you order ahead for anything you absolutely must have.
435 15the Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112
206-267-0551 | Website
For the holidays, Caffe Ladro is offering free shipping from its online store with the purchase of two or more items. Get a pumpkin pie for dessert, a gingerbread family for your favorite vegan, and an assortment of enough croissants and quiches to keep the entire family happy each morning during holiday break.
Petit Pierre Bakery
3204 W McGraw St, Seattle, WA 98199
206-406-7271 | Website
This French-style bakery is making spirits bright with its various Bûche de Noël flavors, and you can even stop by the shop and try a slice before you commit to the whole yule log. While you’re at it, take home some gingerbread cookies or other adorable goodies like white-chocolate snowman cakes.
Hood Famous Bakeshop
2324 1/2 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107
206-979-2253 | Website
This Filipino-fusion wholesaler turned brick-and-mortar is well known for its gorgeous cheesecakes; now, it’s brought its talents to bear on the sweet potato pie, swapping the tired tuber out for the vibrant purple root vegetable, ube. It’s a fresh take on a holiday classic, available for pre-order by December 18.
8300 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
206-257-4736 | Website
Coyle’s Bakeshop is serving up its famous bake-at-home cinnamon rolls and Bûche de Noël for the holidays this year, along with a healthy handful of other delicious items. If you’re as big a fan as everyone else in Seattle you better get to ordering: All requests must be in by December 18.
A La Mode Pies
4225 SW Alaska St, Seattle, WA 98116
206-456-4343 | Website
The best thing about A La Mode Pies is — surprise — its pies. The second best thing about A La Mode Pies is its delivery zone. With 24 hours notice and a minimum order of five pies, the company will deliver from Shoreline to Sea-Tac, which means dessert is well covered and you don’t have to worry about picking anything up yourself. If you don’t need five pies you can always pick up directly at the Phinney or West Seattle location, but first ask yourself, Why don’t I need five pies?
Seattle Eater | Dec 2016