A pie business born out of the industrial-sized kitchen of a church now has a Plaza District shop where sweets junkies can enjoy treats together.
What started about three years ago as a catering company by two women who love to cook became Pie Junkie.
Owners Darcy Schein and Leslie Coale-Mossman had lines out the door their first night open at Live on the Plaza in May.
When the friends were running their small catering company out of St. Luke’s UnitedMethodistChurch, they were asked by a friend to make a dessert for S&B’s Burger Joint.
“We made one pie one day for their first store and as they grew we continued to grow with them,” Schein said.
That one peach pie blossomed into the hot mess — a signature pie for S&B’s. The pie is a butter cake with salted bourbon caramel topped with crispy bacon hot off the grill. Pie Junkie chefs also make signature pies for The Paramount (coffee-infused chocolate ganache with homemade marshmallow topping), Pizza 23 (Italian crème pie) and for Coffee Slingers.
“The pies kind of took over the catering and we decided to change our focus and provide pies, not only to several restaurants in the metro area, but also to retail customers,” Schein said.
Pie Junkie has more than two dozen varieties of pie, though not all are served each day. Favorites include; macadamia-crusted key lime pie and the drunk turtle which is a fudge pie in Graham cracker crust topped with pecans and salted caramel.
Some of the recipes came from Schein and Coale-Mossman’s families. Others are a product of inspirations from ingredients or combinations of flavors.
“We are very happy to be one of the first out there to offer this kind of product because it is very Oklahoma,” Schein said. “It’s comfort food. It’s something we’ve all grown up with.”