This Cookie Might Be Better Than Wine.
Sister Pie, Sister Pie, Sister Pie!! I remember the first time I tried one of Lisa’s crafty creations.. Oh my. This month it was hard to decide what to include because the brainchild behind the baking wonder that is Sister Pie happens to make treats I just can’t say no to. We landed on the gluten free buckwheat salted chocolate chip, in an effort to showcase that a simple cookie can be so many things at once. I hate to sound bourgeoisie (ok you got me, I totally love it) but this cookie has depth like a good vino. Yes it’s a cookie so it’s sweet, but it’s also salty, and it’s also got this grainy wholesome texture to it, but then it melts delicately once you begin to chew it. and that’s before you pickup on the chocolate chunks or before you find out that it was made with a fancy french butter. Ok, I’m going to go eat cookies until I get in trouble, here’s the details on what makes Sister Pie a baking blockbuster.
Tell us a little about yourself and the company you own/run
Lisa Ludwinski is the owner and head baker at Sister Pie. Hailing originally from Metro-Detroit, she spent six years in Brooklyn exploring her culinary side – specifically, filming a low-budget cooking show and working in the kitchens of Momofuku Milk Bar and Four and Twenty Blackbirds. She moved back to Detroit in 2012 to open Sister Pie.
Sister Pie serves the Detroit area with seasonally driven pies and cookies. We re-create and refresh classic recipes with unique interpretations and all-natural ingredients. Each crust is hand-made with French butter and unbleached flour. The fruit and vegetables are always seasonal, and local when possible.
As Sister Pie grows, so does our mission. We aim to: To celebrate the seasons through pie; to provide consistently delicious, nutritious, and inventive food; to foster a welcoming environment for employees and customers through education, community growth, and charity work.
What is your location and when did you start/how long has the company been in business
Sister Pie bakes out of the kitchen at Hannan House at 4750 Woodward Avenue in Midtown Detroit. We opened during Thanksgiving of 2012, when we were still a cottage food business baking out of a home kitchen.
What makes your products special/unique
Sister Pie baked goods are handcrafted in small batches with quality and care, using the best ingredients and classic techniques. We take traditional flavors and turn them inside out. We top our maple pies with flaky sea salt, we add cheese to our crusts, we spike our berry pies with booze, and we use alternative flours whenever possible. Sister Pie aims to push the limits of pie and to challenge and excite your taste buds.
What’s the favorite part about your job
I love to make pie crust, and am often found saying that as long as my hands are in the dough, I’ll be happy. That, and experiencing the joy of someone eating and enjoying Sister Pie pie for the first time – especially when they’re hesitant about the nontraditional flavor combination.
Where can we buy more of your products
Whats the best way to enjoy/eat/prepare/utilize your product
Straight out of the bag! A simple approach to a chocolate chip cookie is usually the best one.