Got the baking blues for Thanksgiving? Then get takeout

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Lifestyle 3 weeks ago

Thanksgiving is a week away, and you’re realizing there just isn’t time to do all the baking yourself? Never fear — Pittsburgh has plenty of bakeries and restaurants that can help take the edge off by making your breads, rolls or desserts for you. Note that most businesses have ordering deadlines for holidays.

Bread: Loafers Bread Co., with locations at Cranberry Commons, Fox Chapel Plaza (O’Hara) and Wexford Plaza. These businesses make Seasonal Stuffing Bread with chunks of onion, celery and carrot and traditional stuffing seasonings for $6.50 per loaf, and the store can also supply customers with a recipe for using this bread to make their turkey stuffing. Other bread varieties include Plymouth Plantation cornbread ($5.95), orange cranberry ($6.50), Struan Scottish Harvest ($6.25), challah ($6.50) and Laurel Mountain herb ($6.50). There’s also a pumpkin quick bread for $6.25 per loaf, or $6.75 when topped with pecans. Preorders are being accepted through 5:30 p.m. Saturday, and pickup is on Monday through Wednesday. loafersbread.com.

Pumpkin and pecan pies: Square Cafe in Regent Square is taking pie orders through Nov. 22. You can also order a tray of assorted cookies to complement the pies. Square Cafe will also do the whole meal for you if that’s what you’re looking for. Delivery is available to nearby locations. No pickups or deliveries on Thanksgiving Day. 412-244-8002; square-cafe.com.

Caramel apple cheesecake: The Fairmont Pittsburgh hotel, Downtown, makes this annual delicacy for $25 each. Need something extra while you’re there? They’re also baking pumpkin pies ($25) and challah dinner rolls ($8 per dozen). Order by Thursday and pick up between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Wednesday or Nov. 28. 412-773-8800; fairmont.com/pittsburgh/dining/thanksgiving-turkey-to-go.

Nut, poppy seed and apricot rolls: Theresa’s Italian Bakery makes nut, poppy seed and apricot rolls as a Thanksgiving specialty. Born in 1951 to Italian immigrants who had settled in McKees Rocks, Theresa Vasselo first worked at Park Bakery in Stowe starting in 1967. She then began making cakes for friends’ celebrations, and by the late 1980s, she had begun operating a full commercial baking business from her home. She opened a bakery outside her home in Stowe in 1994. Ms. Vasselo ran the business until Lou Gehrig’s disease prevented her from being at the bakery full time. Her husband and employees continued the bakery’s tradition after she died in 2013. For Thanksgiving this year, they’ll bake the nut, poppy seed and apricot rolls on Nov. 23. They suggest ordering by Nov. 22, and pickup can be arranged between Sunday and Wednesday. (The bakery typically is closed on Sundays, but it will be open Nov. 24 so people can pick up their fresh orders.) 412-771-7389; theresasitalianbakery.com.

Baked goods for two: Celebrating as just a couple this year? Jacque Turner of JT’s Bakery and Cafe in McCandless sells a number of baked items that feed just one or two people. For instance, she makes pumpkin pies with an all-butter crust. There’s a standard 10-inch pie for $15, but there’s also a 6-inch pie that would feed about two people for $6. She makes other seasonal baked goods, such as pumpkin gobs, pumpkin chocolate chip muffins and pumpkin pecan tartlets, and most can be ordered by the piece. Order deadline is Nov. 22, and pickup is between Monday and Wednesday. 412-837-1936; jtsbakery.com.

Gluten-free: Got a gluten-free guest this Thanksgiving? The Gluten-Free Goat in Bloomfield has got you covered. A 9-inch apple pie is $38, and pumpkin pie is $30. Dinner rolls are $12 for an 8-pack or $17 for a 12-pack. Other options include pumpkin bread ($10), pumpkin roll layer cake ($50 for a dozen cupcakes, $55 for a 6-inch cake, $70 for a 9-inch cake) and rosemary focaccia ($10). Order by Sunday; pick up between noon and 2 p.m. Tuesday or 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday.  glutenfreegoat.com.

Last minute: Missed the order deadlines for the other bakeries? Allegro Hearth in Squirrel Hill will take your order up through 4 p.m. the day before pickup. Pie varieties include pumpkin ($12.95); apple and cherry ($15.95); and pecan, blue raspberry and chocolate pecan ($16.95). If you order a pie, you can also order any of the bakery’s breads or rolls. Dinner roll varieties include honey sesame, vegan country seed, Italian and whole wheat ($3.25 per half dozen) and brioche or challah ($3.95 per half dozen). There is also a large variety of available bread loaves. No pickup on Thanksgiving Day. 412-422-5623; allegrohearth.com.

 


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