Everyone deserves some dessert every now and again. And when it comes to apple pie, there is just something about that craving we can’t shake. Luckily, there are a few places to find delicious apple pie in Essex County. Here’s a sign to stop in for a bite or take a slice to go and enjoy the comfort of home. Keep reading to discover the best spots for apple pie in the Montclair area.
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Gencarelli’s Bakery | 446 Broad Street, Bloomfield
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Whether you’re an apple crisp fan, or a classic apple pie fan – Gencarelli’s has it covered. The Apple Crumb Pie is a delight for all apple crisp lovers – the apple pie filling topped with the bakery’s crumb is a delicious treat for anyone with a sweet tooth. If you prefer more of a classic apple pie, that is also an option at the family-run Bloomfield spot. PS – Gencarelli’s has a second location in Wayne if you’re looking to satisfy your pie craving in Passaic County.
Le French Dad Boulangerie | 10 Church Street, Montclair
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The traditions of France but in the streets of Montclair, the owner takes pride in “producing daily boulanger(è)s and pâtissier(è)s handcraft bread, viennoiseries, and pastries for the community.” Therefore, the apple dessert at this beloved local spot offers a twist. Insert: The Apple Turnover. This homemade pastry puff is one-of-a-kind to the area, with a French apple compote that will have you making this Church Street bakery part of your regular dessert rotation.
Read More: The Ultimate Guide to Desserts in Montclair
Mattarello Bakery & Café | 254 Bellevue Avenue, Montclair
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Fan favorites at Mattarello include cannolis, sfogliatella, and lobster tails, but the extensive menu spans way beyond these top picks. The Apple Crumble Pie at Mattarello is compact, juicy, sweet, and cinnamon-spiced – making it the perfect dessert for lovers of all apple-flavored items. The dessert is also eggless with a brown-sugary, buttery, toasty walnut crumble. If you’re in the mood for something else, don’t worry – the bakery also offers custom cakes, a coffee bar, bread, and regular holiday specials. Patrons can order online in advance for the ultimate ease.
Nicolo’s Italian Bakery + Deli | 6 Baldwin Street, Montclair
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If you are looking for a sandwich made on fresh homemade bread followed by a slice of apple pie, then this OG bakery Baldwin Street is the place to be. Nicolo’s started out as a small neighborhood shop just making bread in 1967 and now has advanced to full daily menus, wholesale and retail options, catering, and more. While desserts aren’t the main specialty, this deli is still known for its homemade fresh fruit pies and apple turnovers.
Pure Love Pies | 1042 Broad Street, Bloomfield
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Recently voted the ‘Best Pie Shop in NJ’ by USA Today Travel, Pure Love Pies’ desserts are a can’t-miss if you’re looking for something sweet in Essex County. While the apple pie at Pure Love Pies is next level, you might also want to try the Navy Bean Pie, which has received its own accolades. The full menu at Pure Love really has every pie imaginable, which will have you making a delish decision when you visit.
Sweet Kitchen | 533 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair
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While this restaurant offers a more formal sit-down brunch option, it also encourages customers looking for a quick snack to grab-and-go from the extensive selection of homemade pastries. The mini apple pie pastry is perfect for a quick craving and is just the thing if you’re looking to pick up something sweet for your night at home. There are tons of other unique desserts on the menu – including an Apple Straddle and Apple Turnover if you’re looking to switch it up from a classic apple pie.
The Able Baker | 187 Maplewood Avenue, Maplewood
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A Maplewood staple, The Able Baker has a variety of fun desserts. For the apple pie lovers, you’ll want to try the Cranberry-Apple Crumb Pie. Yes, just the name of it has us drooling. Once you try The Able Baker’s take on this dish, you’ll want to add that Cranberry flavor to all your apple pies. We also recommend the Key Lime Pie and Lemon Meringue for those not in the mood for apple pie.
The Pie Store | 100 Watchung Avenue, Montclair
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Focused on sweet and savory, The Pie Store is known for carrying a variety of imported goods from the UK. The menu includes various renditions of double-crusted Apple Pie (cran-apple, raspberry-blackberry-apple, and more), along with other tasty traditions from across the Pond. Some of the other dessert-focused dishes are weekend-only specials including coconut custard pie, chocolate mousse pie, and banoffee.