Pie is one of the greatest comfort foods ever. In its simplicity, it is a perfect showcase for seasonal fruit. It speaks to us of home and family, of holiday cheer and summer fun. Pie was heralded as one of the top food trends in 2011 and 2012, and it’s still going strong.
The New Mexico Pie Company is a family affair. When Andrea Schulte decided to open her own bakery, she recruited her mom and dad to help – mom Jenny makes all the pie crusts, while dad John assembles quiches, hand pies, and other delights. Schulte is a skilled pastry chef who teaches Advanced Baking and Pastry in CNM’s Culinary Arts program, including ice cream, gelato, and chocolate sculpting! They currently bake at the South Valley Economic Development Center’s Mixing Bowl kitchen, but plan to open a retail space this spring.
They do a brisk business at the Downtown Growers’ Market all summer, offering seasonally changing pies, quiches, and hand pies. Some of their more whimsical offerings include whoopie pies and “pie tarts” (like PopTarts, but handmade with high-quality, all-natural ingredients.) Their most popular items are their signature Caramel Apple Green Chile and Razzle-Dazzle Rhubarb pies, as well as their individual green chile bacon and herbed goat cheese quiches.
They try to use as much local produce as they can get from farmers at the market, such as apples, chard, sweet peppers, and green chile. The holidays keep them pretty busy with online orders, which they deliver all over Albuquerque. Many out of state customers order pies online as gifts, to be delivered to friends and family here. One of the coolest things they do is custom dessert bars for weddings – they can do any combination of small cakes, cookies, French macarons, and other dessert items… and pies, of course!
New Mexico Pie Company was nominated for our 2013 Local Heroes award for best food artist.
UPDATE: New Mexico Pie Company’s new retail space is now open!
4003 Carlisle Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107
Photo courtesy of NM Pie Company