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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Pie Glory at Three Babes Bakeshop's New Permanent Location

Posted By on Thu, Dec 1, 2011 at 10:00 AM

click to enlarge Lenore Estrada of Three Babes Bakeshop - BEN NARASIN
  • Ben Narasin
  • Lenore Estrada of Three Babes Bakeshop

Who doesn't love pie? And, sorry various "v" folks, what omnivore doesn't love bacon? Now one purveyor of each are teaming up to move from temp to perm with Bacon Bacon and Three Babes Bakeshop's new, non-portable location opening Monday, Dec. 5 at 205A Fredrick in part of the old Ashbury Market.

"We're moving in on Wednesday and we'll be baking on Thursday," says Three Babes co-founder Lenore Estrada. She also tipped us off to the opening menu for the month. 

Bacon Bacon, previously of food truck only prominence, will offer an array of bacon-breakfast-bites, from cheddar bacon scones to bacon-and-egg sandwiches

Three Babes will offer an exceptional array of pies:  Toffee Apple Cranberry is an apple cranberry pie with toffee roux melted over the top. The signature Salty Honey Walnut is a honey custard with whole vanilla bean and toasted organic walnuts folded in. It "tastes like baklava in a pie," says Lenore. And there's the ever-changing array of ultra seasonal specialties Three Babes is known for, which for December include:

Persimmon Crumble
Chocolate cream
Coconut Cream
California Lime (gluten-free!)
Chocolate Babka Pie

As the quality of the crust demonstrates, these ladies put a lot of love in their pies. Those crusts are tender throughout with a flaky outer edge and chewy, toothy interior, and the gooey, sweet syrup that fills the nooks in the filling takes me back to my mother's homemade pies. If you could package that you'd have syrup for the sugar gods.

Quality doesn't come quick. This is slow food, perhaps ultra-slow food. Lenore took me through the process at their original South San Francisco bakery:

Day 1 Mix the crust. Crust has to be cooled before rolling so it's left overnight.
Day 2
Roll the crust. All dough benefits from rest so another overnight occurs.
Day 3
Bake the pies.

Day 4 Sell the pies.

Whole pies at the shop are $32-$38 depending on type. If you aren't ready to dive all the way into the deep end of the pie you can start with $5 slices and $5 Jar Pies (pies made in small mason jars).

Three Babes will continue to offer pie subscriptios and to sell in their converted cargo container at 2128 Folsom on Saturdays and Sundays.

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