For the third year in a row, I hosted a clothing swap at the house. This time I was in New York for most of the week and felt really busy, so instead of making food, we bought everything. Jess and Sara were my co-hosts and each brought over different drinks and some small apps. To supplement, I asked Ed at Baked Escape to make me something, but he was going to be out of town. So, I decided to check out Bang Bang Pie. FINALLY!
Bang Bang used to be a food truck, before they opened their storefront in the spring of 2012. I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to go check them out, since they’re only a few blocks from where I live, but I’m glad I finally did. I called ahead a few days before because I wanted a whole pie and the guy I talked to on the phone was super helpful with all of the options they could provide for a party setting. I settled on ordering a peanut butter pie. This was a cream pie in a graham cracker crust, but instead of the peanut butter being in the cream part, the pie was made with a vanilla custard, a layer of hidden dark chocolate ganache and then on the top was something they called “peanut butter magic.” The man on the phone also described a savory tart they had and it sounded so good, I just had to get that too. It was made with Neuske’s applewood smoked summer sausage, herbed goat cheese, oven dried tomatoes, shallots, and swiss chard. The crust, which was so tender and flaky was made with real lard. I think that’s the secret!!!
Both of these pies were so decadent and delicious. I like should have gotten these pies for free because I’m pretty sure I sold a bunch at the party. EVERYONE wanted to know where these amazing treats came from! The peanut butter pie was rich and creamy, but by having the peanut butter just on the top, it wasn’t too much. The chocolate was something I didn’t know was going to be there and was a great surprise. And the tart. Wow. It was SO good. I love summer sausage and goat cheese and I just couldn’t get over how flaky the crust was.
When I was picking up the pies at the shop I decided to also get a biscuit, which they are pretty well known for. The biscuit was still warm when I got it home. It was so big, I thought it would be dense, but it was tender and fluffy all the way through. SO good. And, when you order the biscuit you can choose from different jams and butters to accompany them. I took a cherry jam, a salted butter, and a coconut lime butter. I noticed they also had a sriracha butter that probably a lot of my friends would like.
Finally, I’ve passed by the Bang Bang Pie storefront before, but I’d never been inside. It’s so cute and cozy. It was a little warm (from all the baking?), but I noticed that they had a wonderful patio. With GRASS. And picnic tables. Totally want to go back for brunch now.