With the holidays literally right around the corner, the masses are gearing up to get those turkeys and hams, dressings and relishes, and stuffing and side dishes to serve up to family and friends.
But that’s not all there is to a successful holiday meal!
Dessert is one of the best parts of a holiday dinner and, here on Cape Cod, there are plenty of places to purchase those pies, cheesecakes, breads and other temptations and treats.
So whether you’re hosting a meal or bringing a dessert to someone else’s house, you’ll find both the traditional and the unusual in our many bakeries and patisseries.
Here are just a few:
Washashore Bakery, 14 Central Square, Mashpee Commons – A favorite in the area, Washashore Bakery has cheesecakes, fruit pies, pecan pies, coffee cakes, apple streusel, cornbread, zucchini, banana and pumpkin tea breads, and so much more. You’ll find all the crowd-pleasers right here in one spot.
Centerville Pie Company, 1671 Falmouth Road (Rte. 28), Centerville – Oprah may have made their chicken pies famous, but their fruit pies, cream pies and pumpkin pies keep Cape Codders coming back. And let’s not forget their savory buffalo chicken pies and BBQ pulled-pork pies! For those who live off Cape, you can order your pies online. How’s that for convenient?
The Chocolate Rose, 681 Falmouth Road, Mashpee – Specializing in fancy petite cakes and pastries, in addition to wedding cakes, The Chocolate Rose can provide you with platters of bite-size bliss in the forms of fruit tartlets, crème brulee, cheesecakes, cappuccino cups, mini pies and tiramisu.
AMIE Bakery, 3 Wianno Ave., Osterville – A small, specialty bakery where everything is made from scratch, pies and tarts are made with an Italian shortcrust, hand-rolled, and filled with seasonal ingredients. Their pie selection includes apple, blueberry, cherry, ricotta, lemon meringue, pear- or apple-almond, pumpkin, bourbon pecan, chocolate bourbon pecan, and key lime (visit the website to see the special holiday pie menu).
Honeydew Donuts, 313 Iyannough Road, Hyannis – Donuts? Well, your overnight guests will need something for breakfast and, if you don’t feel like whipping up a huge morning meal after a huge holiday meal, why not? Honeydew is more than donuts, however. Check out the pastry menu, which offers fruit turnovers, Danishes, cinnamon, raspberry, salted caramel and key lime sticks, and croissants. So, forego the fancy breakfast. They’ve got this covered.
Pain D’Avignon Cafe Boulangerie, 15 Hinckley Rd, Hyannis – If impressing your guests is your desire, look no further. From its biscotti, scones and cookies to its bonte et sante (oat bars) and le brownies, every morsel will be an experience to be savored.
Great Island Bakery, 46 South St., South Yarmouth – Satisfy your cravings for something sweet right here, with a big selection of sticky buns, quiches, savory pies, scones, muffins, pastries and so much more. Don’t forget to try their key lime pies, made from real Florida Keys limes!
Happy Fish Bakery, 173 Rte. 6A, Yarmouth – A favorite of locals, Happy Fish Bakery makes up for in flavor what it may lack in square footage. Customers rave about the almond croissants, walnut bread, coconut cookies, brioche, sticky buns and other delectable delights are the toast of the town, and often sell out completely before the end of each day. It’s been called a “true French bakery experience” on TripAdvisor!
Hot Chocolate Sparrow, 5 Old Colony Way, Orleans – This special shop, which opened in 1989 as a candy shop, offers fresh fudge, ice cream of all flavors, coffees from around the world, desserts of every indulgence and, most importantly, hand-dipped chocolates.