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Best Toronto Pies: French apple
An ethereal disc of puff pastry provides the base for a cloud of vanilla cream and a wafer-thin layer of barely baked glazed apples. $18.15–$33. Rahier, 1586 Bayview Ave., 416-482-0917.
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Best Toronto Pies: Blueberry
Tender crust cradles plump blueberries that need no more enhancement than a squeeze of lemon and a little sugar. $9. Hot Oven Bakery, 2226 Bloor St. W., 416-762-3036; 2974 Bloor St. W., 416-236-3639.
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Best Toronto Pies: Butternut squash
A delicate, earthy, gluten-free crust plays off sweet slow-roasted squash for a delicious riff on the traditional pumpkin pie. $22. LPK’s Culinary Groove, 718 Queen St. E., 416-461-6440.
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Best Toronto Pies: Sour cherry
Tart, crimson Niagara cherries get a beguiling boost from bitter almond essence, and the old-school lard-based crust is as flaky and light as a prom queen. $13. Madeleines, 1087 Bathurst St., 416-537-3131.
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Best Toronto Pies: Mincemeat
Sugar-crackled lattice hides a gooey mess of raisins, currants and dried apples. Citrus zest and warm spices add depth. $6.25–$12. Hansen’s Danish Pastry Shop, 1017 Pape Ave., 416-425-8877.
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Best Toronto Pies: Maple butter tart
Manitoulin Island maple syrup gives the tart a smoky edge. The crust shatters into a million buttery pieces on contact with a fork. $21. OMG Baked Goodness, 1561 Dundas St. W., 647-348-5664.
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Best Toronto Pies: Lemon meringue
Crisp pâte sucrée cradles tangy lemon curd and a crown of Swiss meringue. An American classic made with French restraint. $24. Nadège, 780 Queen St. W., 416-368-2009; 1099 Yonge St., 416-968-2011.
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Best Toronto Pies: Sour cream apple crumble
Idared apple–sour cream filling is wrapped in pastry and topped with crumble so you get the best of two desserts. $9–$16. Altitude Baking, 1346 Queen St. E., 416-461-7519.
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Best Toronto Pies: Pumpkin
A pie even pumpkin skeptics will love. If the silky, spice-kissed custard doesn’t do it, the cookie-like shortcrust will. $15. All the Best Fine Foods, 1101 Yonge St., 416-928-3330.
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Best Toronto Pies: Pecan
Satiny rum-spiked filling is laced with crunchy toasted pecan halves for a rich slice. The crust gets its delicacy from shortening and its flavour from butter. $16.50. Mabel’s Bakery, 323 Roncesvalles Ave., 416-534-2333.
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Best Toronto Pies and Tarts