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The Thirty Dollar Pie

As we drove to West Glacier National Park we happened to pass a small place called The Huckleberry Pie Patch which held the promise of really great pie!  After a day visiting MacDonald Lake, taking a stroll up the Avalanche trail, and admiring the water run off from the mountains.  My appetite was very large from all of the fresh mountain air and as we left the park I exclaimed “We just have to stop at that pie place! I never had huckleberry pie!”


My husband “Sure! It will be great for dessert!”

We  stopped in at the Patch to pick up the pie and never thought to question the price.

The clerk looked at us “Thirty dollars. Please.”

My husband of Scotsmen ancestry looked a little pale as he forked over the cash knowing he could not walk away from a good pie or face the wrath of his ravenous wife.

As we stepped out the door he looked at me with his empty wallet he grumbled ” This better be good pie.”

I smiled with beaming optimism! I knew I had found a gem “It feels pretty heavy and it smells good.”

We made it back to the camper and started cooking dinner for the evening.

The pie sat there looking at us waiting to be eaten.

I  poured a glass of wine and thought “What the heck?”

And cut a very large slice of Huckleberry pie before supper. It was good. Really good.

SO good that I had to have another slice after supper. The next morning for breakfast and an afternoon snack the following day.

It was after several days of huckleberry pie I came to the decision that you cannot really put a price on good pie! Thirty dollars be damned it was worth every penny!

What is the most you ever spent on a pastry? Was it worth it?

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  1. I don’t know that I’ve ever paid that much for a pie, but, darn!, if it was really good pie, then I’d probably pay that much too. lol! I make a darn great Grand Marnier cake, I wonder if I could get someone to pay me $31.00? 🙂

    BTW, I’ve never had huckleberry pie. Now I want me some.

    1. It was delicious! I would pay 31.00 for your Grand Marnier cake. Yes! I would! You should open a stand at a local farmer’s market and work your baking magic. I bet you make a fortune!

      It was my first time and it was delicious. I found it a little more tart than blueberry.

  2. I always knew you were a sensible and wise person. Your attitude to pies says all I need to know about you. When I find a really good one I always end up giving a mouthful by mouthful commentary about the experience along the lines of ” Mmmm” ( munch ) “Oh this is good” (Munch). “The pastries brilliant” etc etc. I can’t stop myself. I can hardly stop writing now I’m thinking about it so much but I must get to the fridge and see what is in there, regardless of the effort it entails.

  3. It must have been a really good pie…Because I’d love to try a piece too. Do they ship???? LoL:)

  4. Yum. Pie. Looks wonderful.

    As for answering your question about the most expensive pastry ever purchased, I’d have to admit that I have no idea. So I guess we’ve never bought anything pricey enough to make an impression. Pity that. Now I have a new goal!

  5. I would have to say my Wedding cake and it was worth it and the bonus was it was all ours – we offered our guests a dessert station at our Wedding – selfish and piggish I know!!! Loving the pie story and that it really was good and cannot put a price on great tasting pastry:) Happy Weekend

    1. You really cannot put a price on a good pastry. If delicious it will always be savoured in our memories.

      I love wedding cake! Ours was the most expensive part of the wedding and it was delicious. I can still taste the candied fruit and buttercream frosting. So divine.

  6. Maybe $18 for a cake, but even that made me grumble.

    I do love huckleberries, though. I usually go huckleberry picking every September – there’s a great place a couple of hours east of here with tons of huckleberries. It’s long, labor-intensive work, but the rewards are worth it. FYI, huckleberries are expensive because they cannot be commercially grown or mechanically harvested. They grow only at a very specific elevation (around 4000′) and must be picked by hand. I’m not surprised your pie was $30. And I’m not surprised it was delicious.

    1. Lets say you were celebrating an anniversary in Paris and there was a delicious cake sitting in the bakery window. Would you grumble if Tara suggested you get it to savour and share will you travelled the cobblestone streets?

      This was my first taste of huckleberries and they were delicious. Maybe someday I will be there again and will raid the huckleberry patch.

  7. I ordered six cannoli at an Italian grocery store once. It came to twenty-nine dollars. Had I been in Sicily, they would have been twice as good, at half the price. But even a mediocre cannoli is still pretty irresistible.

    Do huckleberries have seeds, like raspberries?

  8. Oh my goodness, lady, 30 bucks for a pie! Methinks it would have to be accompanied with Javier Bardem as my waiter and a bottle of wine! hee hee! Nevertheless, the important thing is that you enjoyed it and that, my friend, is priceless! 🙂

  9. Um… what is wrong with me? I don’t think that $30 is so crazy – especially if it was unusual and delicious… But then again there is a bakery by my office that charges similar prices for a small birthday cake –

  10. I LOVE pasties. Do you have them there? Dinner all wrapped up in pastry. The women in the fields used to make them for their men to take as a ready-enclosed packed lunch – spiced meat, ot cheese and onion, with lots of potato. The men would eat them using the pastry and throw away only the bit their hands had been holding. They are sheer wonderment in pie form, and even in the shops most reasonably priced.

  11. I can’t recall the last time I bought anything more than a Danish for my son! I think I’d be reluctant to fork over $30 for a pie, but reading this might be a good reminder to reassess in the future . . . and not just with pies. 🙂

  12. I’ve eaten Huckleberry Pie in St Mary’s Montana west of Glacier. I don’t recall it being $30. Of course that was ten years ago. It is good pie. I think my husband would’ve gone pale too.

  13. hmm, maybe specialty pies have gone sky high since i last checked…but if the pie went well with your wine, well, that is worth the $30. ☺
    i’m a cheapie. it takes everything out of me to buy any type of pastry and then it has to be on sale…for cheap. ha ha.

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