I suppose I've been thinking about pie for the past few weeks with the opening of High 5 Pie up the street from the bakery (which I have yet to try). I had stumbled on Irwin's back before we opened the retail shop. I was looking at location a few blocks away and thought I'd check out the neighborhood and walked into Irwin's and grabbed some sort of apple turnover thingy. It was delicious and I decided it would be best not to open my bakery near another great bakery.
John and I were in the neighborhood yesterday so we decided to stop by. We were more in the mood for a full breakfast, but we picked up some goodies anyway.
Top Left: I think this was called a Feta Herb Muffin. It was super eggy and I wasn't sure if it was a bread or a quick bread. The flavor of the cheese was really intense and delicious and there were these little orange cheesy pockets sprinkled through the interior. The top was crunchy and delicious. I had half which was plenty big enough for me.
Top Right: This is a slice of their marionberry pie. It's a little "wedgy" for me, but I can understand the need for a decent amount of thickener in a professional pie environment. (otherwise, it just gets too juicy and some customer gets ripped off.) But the filling seemed like it could have either a little more sweetness or maybe some acid so that the thickener didn't seem like the predominant flavor. But the crust was absolutely delicious, flakey, and with a generous sprinkling of granulated sugar on top. It was a perfect portion, slim, tall, and elegant.
Bottom Right: This was a apple pecan scone that puts our blackberry oat scone to shame! Well, not really, but it's in the running for an absolutely amazing scone experience. It's filled with slices of cinnamon sugared apples sandwiched between a voluptuous and rustic scone exterior. And my favorite again, sprinkled with a generous amount of cinnamon sugar and topped with another apple slice. I'm not getting the pecan part of it so maybe there's not enough pecans. I'd actually be fine without the nuts, making it a more pure apple cinnamon experience which is right up my alley!
I will be back!