Flying Saucer Pie Company is known for having lines during the Thanksgiving week, and while I’ve never braved that line myself, I’ve eaten pies from there most my life and know that the people waiting in line are doing it for a quality pie.
Recently, a family get-together warranted buying pies from Flying Saucer. The go-to pie for my family is the chocolate cream and apple pie. So I grabbed those, plus two that I haven’t tried from the pie company yet, the banana cream and pecan pie. The latter, I usually bake myself during the holidays, which made me more curious how this classic stood out. I wasn’t disappointed.
Over the course of the day I cut a slice from each pie to reacquaint my palate to pies I’ve loved and to introduce it to the new pies.
My first slice was of the apple pie. I didn’t even have to cut into it to have a waft of cinnamon and apple hit my senses. The double crust pie was filled with apple slices so full of the spice that the aftertaste left a tingling. The apples slices in the filling were soft and balanced well with the crust. From the flakiness of the pie crust I could believe Flying Saucer when it says it bakes the pies fresh daily.
When I first cut out a piece of banana cream pie I will admit that the bright, sunny yellow filing threw me off. When I think of banana-centered desserts, I expect the light yellow of banana pudding. My worry was unfounded.
The bright yellow banana pudding was creamy and tasted fresh from the kitchen. Thick chunks of fresh banana were layered into the pudding, which was smooth, consistent and not gooey. The whipped cream that topped the pie was light and airy and pretty much the best whipped cream I’ve had on a pie, and since it’s used on the chocolate cream pie as well, I got to enjoy it twice.
The banana cream pie is considered a “24-hour pie,” meaning you should get it and then eat it, because the fresh bananas won’t last long.
Chocolate cream pie is just what the name suggests: chocolate in pie form with whipped cream on top. The chocolate filling is like pudding, and the consistency of it is creamy, but stays in its shape when cutting out a piece.
The first thing I noticed about the pecan pie was that instead of half slices of pecans in the pie, there were broken up pieces of pecan on the top layer. That was a little detail I enjoyed. Sometimes with pecan pie filling, I find it too goopy or too runny, and this pie was neither. The crust on the pecan pie was easy to cut through with a fork and it fell apart in my mouth.
It’s probably not a good sign for my health that I have leftover pie at home.
Flying Saucer Pie Company
Address: 436 W. Crosstimbers Rd.
Hours: 8 a.m.–7 p.m. Tuesday–Saturday
Healthy options: No
Star of the show: Banana cream pie