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Dec 2, 2009
Today I am excited to tell you about what I believe to be a Texas treasure, Backroads Bakery Fried Pies. These are my absolute favorite fried pies and I've been a loyal customer for years. They make what may just be my favorite sweet treat ever, their delectable buttermilk fried pies. Why are they in my holiday guide? Well, for several reasons. I use them for stocking stuffers, I've given them as gifts, and they are great to have on hand when you have a house full of company to feed. Everyone likes them and they are just a great addition to the holidays.
Sarah Lively started making these wonderful fried pies in her own kitchen and the business grew from there. The story of Backroads Bakery really puts me in mind of the American dream. I love that she is still involved in the pie making process and that it is a family run business. When you buy pies from Backroads, you aren't buying from a huge corporation, but from a local Texas business. I am all for supporting small Texas business and this one produces a truly outstanding product. They don't even advertise, relying instead on customer word of mouth. That says a lot about a company, that they still do quite well without advertising.
Backroads Bakery fried pies have a shelf life of about ten days. They could extend this if they changed the dough recipe, but that is not going to happen. I like that these pies are preservative free and in my opinion the crust on the pies it what makes them so great! They are truly like no other pie I've ever eaten. The crust is not greasy like you find with other fried pies. The crust is a nice compliment to the sweet, rich filling in each pie.
You really need to try one for yourself! If you live in Texas, you can click here to see if there is a store carrying Backroads Bakery fried pies in your area. If not you can still check out their products page and have them shipped to you.
Feb. 2, 2010
Hello all my sweet tooth readers. Have I got a treat to share with you today. Fried Pies. Not just any fried pies. These gems are Fried Pies from Backroads Bakery. Backroads Bakery Fried Pies come from Gordon, TX and can be found locally at many locations. I can not believe Texas was keeping these scrumptious treats a secret from the rest of us.
About Backroads Bakery:
Down twists and turns and a gravel road, in the middle of what could be considered a field, sits the dream that was born in one woman’s kitchen.The recipe started with Sarah Lively. She tried recipe after recipe to find the perfect dough for her pies. She began selling her pies to hotels and stores in the area. Her requests became so demanding she took on partners to expand the bakery operation and was selling in over 80 stores in a 125 mile radius of her home location. In 2004 it became officially Backroads Bakery. They were making 4000 pies per week. The demand was still increasing. In 2009 they approached Carol and Bill. With over 20 years in the restaurant business, Carol and Bill have brought their expertise and family into the Backroads Bakery operation. The growth is amazing and they have increased production to over 6000 pies per week.
I had the pleasure of sampling these delectable Backroads Bakery Fried Pies. I
inhaled tasted the different flavors of Cherry, Apricot, Buttermilk, Chocolate, and Apple. The taste is incredible. The crust is sweet and thick. It has a fabulous cookie type of texture is the best way I can describe it. The sweetness of the crust is excellent by itself then you get to the scrumptious fillings. Tucked inside each pie, you bite into the decadent fillings balancing out nicely with the sweetness of the crust. The Apricot was my absolute favorite flavor. It tasted like a fresh apricot right off the tree. I devoured enjoyed each flavor and shared some with my family. They loved the flavors. They tried the chocolate and the apricot. The opinions were mixed as some thought they were great while others wanted more filling. I felt they were just right. It has a melt in your mouth flavor to me. I was doing the "oh these are so good eye roll" as I took my first bites. I wish I lived in the area to get these on a regular basis. They are so tasty. They are adding new flavors in the near future. I can't wait to see what they add. Maybe the Chocolate as a permanent flavor, or Lemon. Yum.
Now you can order Backroads Bakery Fried Pies online to ship to your location. You can mix and match the flavors to create your perfect dozen. The pies have a shelf life of 10 days and they ship them freshly made to you. Pies are shipped on the Monday after the order is received. For 12 scrumptious Fried Pies the price is $24.00 and you pay by Paypal. They are so good one dozen may not be enough.
April 9th, 2010
I recently learned about these tasty fried pies after seeing a brief write up on Backroads Bakery of Gordon, TX (a short drive due west of Fort Worth). Now I do love me some fried pies, but I’m not crazy about the often stale, sugar-glazed pies which are mass produced and found in dusty C-stores all over the good old US of A. Pictured above is the absolute motherlode of 12 freshly fried pies we just received from Backroads Bakery. Talk about making your day!
These beauties are fried to a gorgeous golden brown.
The company’s story is printed proudly on each pie wrapper. It’s a great Mom and Pop success story and we encourage all of you to support them and like businesses throughout Dixie.
This (shown above) is their Cherry Pie after a few seconds in the microwave. We found the fruit fillings tasted great warm, but the crust seems to perform better right out of the wrapper. Backroads’ fried pies taste super fresh and are not overly sweet. In fact, the crust is vaguely reminiscent of a cake doughnut. The fruit fillings are obviously made in small batches and you can actually find pieces of fruit in each pie.
White gooey goodness inside the Fried Apple Pie.
All in all, the fried pies from Backroads Bakery are a pretty big improvement over the mass-produced commercial brands (Hostess, etc.). Our only suggestion might be to increase the quantity of filling a bit and perhaps slightly decrease (if possible) the thickness of the crust. We do realize, however, that a substantial exterior is required to prevent pies from bursting during the frying process.
Good work, Sarah! We will gladly point folks in your direction when asked about quality Southern fried pies available via mail order. They’re always best right out of the oil, but this is surely the next best thing for folks craving a sweet taste of home. So grab yourself a Texas-sized glass of milk and “GAME ON!”
Backroads Bakery, Gordon, TX 76453; 254 693-5454
“Just Like Grandma Made”
April 10th, 2010
Relishing the traditional treats of the American South usually requires a ream of Internet research, a road trip and a strong sense of direction.
But when it comes to fried pies--sweet fillings encased in flaky pastry dough and deep-fried--there's no longer a need to assemble a search party.
Texas-based Backroads Bakery will ship the Southern-fried pies of your dreams right to your door.
Founder Sarah Lively started baking as a hobbyist, making pies for family and friends. Soon she was distributing her signature pastries to small stores throughout Central Texas. The company now fries about 4,000 pies every week.
The growth spurts haven't led to recipe modifications--Lively's pies remain free of the preservatives that would extend shelf life but compromise flavor. The deeply Dixie sweet-tart buttermilk pie is our favorite, though classics like apple, apricot, cherry, chocolate and lemon are equally delicious.
Can't decide what flavor you want? Don't worry: You can mix and match your online order of 12 single-serving pies ($24). And you don't need GPS to enjoy them.
WED JUN 16, 2010
Link: KCRW on-line radio
Sarah Lively makes fried pies out of the Backroads Bakery in Central Texas. Her signature pie is a buttermilk pie from her Grandmother's recipe.