Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The Pielady's Canaltown Bakery

(more photos)

During my lunch break today, I stopped for a snack at the Pielady's Canaltown Bakery in Fairport (alternately called "The Pie Lady"). With its location at the bottom of a hill on a small street off Turk Hill Road, the only hint to its existence there is a sign on the main road--and even then, you might miss it. I've been there a few times and have never been disappointed.

You can chose from all sorts of treats as a reward for finding the place--today I noticed pies, cookies, coffee cakes, muffins, scones, danish, bar cookies, cupcakes, and more. The printed "menu" offers further selections, including many different varieties and sizes of cakes as well as "tea cookie platters." I spotted a few particularly tempting items like pecan pie, Oreo cake, lemon biscotti, and a chocolate yule log. Yum.

Open six days a week, the Pie Lady has three bakery cases and a small seating area (although during the afternoons I've stopped by, I've never seen anyone sitting there).

Today I chose a chocolate cupcake with vanilla frosting, which was excellent. The frosting was generously applied, smooth, and buttery, and the cake had a nice texture and wasn't too dry. If I didn't have a relative who makes my favorite cakes, I would definitely consider getting a birthday or other special cake (or pie!) from the Pie Lady.

TIP: The Pie Lady makes appearances at the Irondequoit and Fairport Farmers Markets -- check the website for details.

NEARBY: Anything Goes and RV&E Bike and Skate

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