(SPOT.ph) Not all desserts are created equal. Some let you treat your hedonistic side by going all-out rich and saccharine; some leave you feeling more revitalized by going lighter and more vibrant in flavor. And then there are those desserts that draw you in with their homey, nostalgia-inducing profile—like apple pie. Most often associated with classic Americana (though it actually originates from England), apple pies are typically made with a crust—the best ones being those made with butter, of course—that holds a filling of sweetened (and often, spiced) apples. Most versions are topped with another layer of crust or a crumble to shield the fruit underneath from the heat of the oven, and the resulting slices can be served warm, at room temperature, or even cold.
Apple pie may not exactly be the fanciest or trendiest dessert around, but it appeals with its simplicity and power to bring out long-lost memories of good ol’ days gone by. With the way it brings together the slight tang of fruit, the sweetness of sugar, the warmth of spices, and the rich, flaky-crisp character of the crust, it’s the kind of dessert we find ourselves hankering for time and time again—and if you’re like us and the craving strikes at random, you can turn to these excellent versions you can order in Manila. Just note that delivery may be limited to some locations in the Metro!
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Craving the best apple pie in Manila? Get your apple pie fix from these restaurants, shops, and online sellers:
Apple Pie from Catherine’s Cakes and Pies
Catherine’s has long been loved for their desserts—and in particular, their Apple Pie (starts at P500/six inches) is a favorite. It’s one of those takes where every component is given A+ execution—from the properly flaky and buttery crust, to the apples that retain a touch of crispness, to the lush caramel sauce that contributes depth, all the way up to the streusel topping with walnuts for added richness. It came in second place in our 2014 Top 10 Apple Pies in Manila list for good reason; trust us, you’ll be polishing off every last crumb of this one.
For orders, contact 0917-511-7005 or 8275-2615. You can also check out Catherine’s Cakes and Pies’ Facebook page.
Apple Pie from Bad Café
You know them for their good coffee and savory fare—but desserts are given equal attention at Bad Café, and in particular, the Apple Pie (P190/personal-sized, P900/nine-inch square pie) is a must-try. With a decidedly decadent apple filling that’s generous on the caramel-bathed fruit, plus a lattice topping that’s buttery and flaky with a hint of saltiness for balance, the resulting pie is best paired with your favorite vanilla ice cream.
For orders, visit Bad Café’s website. You can also check out their Facebook page.
French Apple Cumble from Le Rêve Pâtisserie
Pasig-based Le Rêve Pâtisserie is a haven for French desserts, and they take rustic ol’ apple pie to sophisticated heights in their French Apple Crumble (P180/four inches, P899/eight inches). This dessert takes on the form of a tart with a buttery crust that holds thinly sliced apples tinged with cinnamon, plus a generous topping of their just-sweet-enough crumble that we could just about eat by the spoonful.
For orders, send a message to Le Rêve Pâtisserie by Angeli Nasser’s Facebook page or visit their Lazada page.
Apple Pie With Walnut Crumble from Mary Grace Cafe
You get the best of both convenience and flavor with Mary Grace’s line of excellent desserts you can easily order from their stores across the city—or even through delivery apps. Their Apple Pie with Walnut Crumble (P372/mini, P1,308/whole) is one of those classics they do really well; here, apple slices on a rich butter crust get a tinge of warmth with cinnamon, and a finishing touch of their own walnut crumble seals the deal on a crunchy, nutty note.
For orders, visit Mary Grace Cafe’s website or find Mary Grace Cafe on GrabFood or Foodpanda. You can also check out their Facebook page.
French Apple Pie from Sugarhouse
What comes to mind when you think of what to serve with apple pie? We’re guessing it’s vanilla ice cream or whipped cream—but for some folks in the West, no plate of apple pie is complete without a slice or wedge of cheese on the side for a savory-creamy contrast. Sugarhouse takes a cue from this in their French Apple Pie (P750/petite, P1,950/eight inches), where a crumbly, cookie-like crust is filled with a cinnamon-spiked apple filling and topped with grated cheese. And yup, it so works; the cheese adds a whole new dimension to the sweet, warm profile of the pie.
For orders, visit Sugarhouse’s website or find Sugarhouse on GrabFood or Foodpanda. You can also check out their Facebook page.
Also read: Top 10 Apple Pies in Manila (2014 Edition)
Apple Crumble from Kitchen’s Best
Elegant in presentation yet warm and homey in flavor, Kitchen’s Best’s Apple Crumble (P1,100/nine inches) is an all-around swoon inducer. It’s one of our favorite apple pies in Manila for its use of thin slices of apples with a good amount of spice, plus a light and subtly crisp crumble and a tender yet sturdy crust to hold everything up. Sure doesn’t hurt that it’s a looker, too, and takes especially beautiful to being served with whipped cream on the side.
For orders, visit Kitchen’s Best’s website. You can also check out their Facebook page.
Apple Pie from Wildflour
Wildflour’s take on good ol’ Apple Pie (starts at P270/slice) is of the uber-nostalgic sort, close to the American versions that evoke warm and fuzzy feelings of baking in your own home kitchen. They go for a classic flaky, buttery crust that breaks into soft shards as you sink your fork in, and a filling of cinnamon-tinged apples that are tender but still retain their integrity. The addition of a crumble topping makes for even more memorable forkfuls, while caramel sauce served along side takes every helping over the top.
For orders, visit Wildflour To-Go or find Wildflour on GrabFood or Foodpanda. You can also check out their Facebook page.
Rustic Apple Pie from Angel’s Kitchen
San Juan haunt Angel’s Kitchen has become a neighborhood favorite over the years for their A+ comfort fare—but regulars would know that saving room for dessert is a must here, especially when that dessert is their Rustic Apple Pie (P238/slice, P1,650/whole). Angel’s Kitchen employs a biscuit-esque crust with a crisp-tender consistency, plus a thick filling of apple chunks that are still slightly firm for a welcome bite. The upper crust is then given a shower of cinnamon sugar and dotted with pecans, while butterscotch sauce is served on the side—go ahead and pour it over your slice as a decadent-AF finishing touch.
For orders, contact 0917-535-2033 via Viber. You can also send Angel’s Kitchen a message on Facebook or Instagram.
French Apple Pie from Tilde Bakery & Kitchen
For apple pie that retains the down-home charm of home-baked versions, but takes things up a slightly more refined notch, Tilde’s French Apple Pie (P225/petite, P1,500/large) has got your back. It trades the more common American-style, flaky pie crust for a light and crumbly shortbread-based version, filled with tender apples and a brown sugar-cinnamon crumble for a toffee-like note. Consider it the kind of apple pie you could serve to impress guests at high tea or at a fancy dinner party—or spoon helpings of into a bowl and dig into in your pajamas when you’re just craving some good ol’ comfort.
For orders, visit Tilde Bakery & Kitchen’s website. You can also check out their Facebook page.
Apple Crumble Pie from Chronicle St. Pies
This small seller from Quezon City has a short but sweet lineup of pies—the star of which, of course, is their Apple Crumble Pie (P800/medium, P1,450/large). Chronicle St. takes their apple-pie game seriously, employing two kinds of apples (namely the tarter, firmer Granny Smith and the sweeter, juicier Fuji varieties) and infuses warmth into the mix with the addition of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. The apples come in thin slices that make for a visually satisfying cross-section (just look at it). With a buttery crust for support and a generous among of streusel heaped on top for grandeur, this is a topnotch pie you’re bound to be going back for more forkfuls and slices of.
For orders, fill out Chronicle St. Pies’ order form. You can also check out their Facebook page.
Bonus: Apple Pie from Nono’s
Back when Nono’s was known as Classic Confections, the company made an underrated but stellar Apple Pie that didn’t quite get as much attention as their cult-level famous Chocolate Oblivion, but nevertheless deserved lots of love. So we couldn’t be happier that Nono’s brought it back this past holiday season as a limited-edition dessert! Their take on the pie (P215/slice, P1,355/whole) tempts with its shortbread-esque crust, not-too-sweet filling of spiced apple chunks, and buttery streusel topping—and as of writing it’s still available, but you’ll want to try it stat before they take it off the menu.
For orders, send a message to Nono’s on Facebook or Instagram. You can also find them on GrabFood.
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