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Fresh Fried Pies from Backroads Bakery

9 Apr

I recently learned about these tasty fried pies after seeing a brief write up on Backroads Bakery of Gordon, TX (a short drive due west of Fort Worth). Now I do love me some fried pies, but I’m not crazy about the often stale, sugar-glazed pies which are mass produced and found in dusty C-stores all over the good old US of A. Pictured above is the absolute motherlode of 12 freshly fried pies we just received from Backroads Bakery. Talk about making your day!

These beauties are fried to a gorgeous golden brown.

The company’s story is printed proudly on each pie wrapper. It’s a great Mom and Pop success story and we encourage all of you to support them and like businesses throughout Dixie.

This (shown above) is their Cherry Pie after a few seconds in the microwave. We found the fruit fillings tasted great warm, but the crust seems to perform better right out of the wrapper. Backroads’ fried pies taste super fresh and are not overly sweet. In fact, the crust is vaguely reminiscent of a cake doughnut. The fruit fillings are obviously made in small batches and you can actually find pieces of fruit in each pie.  

White gooey goodness inside the Fried Apple Pie.

All in all, the fried pies from Backroads Bakery are a pretty big improvement over the mass-produced commercial brands (Hostess, etc.). Our only suggestion might be to increase the quantity of filling a bit and perhaps slightly decrease (if possible) the thickness of the crust. We do realize, however, that a substantial exterior is required to prevent pies from bursting during the frying process.

Good work, Sarah! We will gladly point folks in your direction when asked about quality Southern fried pies available via mail order. They’re always best right out of the oil, but this is surely the next best thing for folks craving a sweet taste of home.  So grab yourself a Texas-sized glass of milk and “GAME ON!”  

Backroads Bakery, Gordon, TX 76453; 254 693-5454

“Just Like Grandma Made”


Claire’s Place on the Creek – Mobile, AL

6 Apr

Claire’s is a fairly new country buffet place on Halls Mill Road in Mobile, AL. The Stagecoach Cafe used to be at this rustic pine-shaded location, but they have decided to focus all their attention on their primary location in Stockton, AL. But not to fear! Louisa “Claire” Terrell has re-opened the place and really all that has changed is the name.  

You can always tell a good Southern lunch joint by the vehicles in the parking lot. Lots of trucks and police cars = good chow. Really good chow!

The grilled pork chops were simply delicious with a authentic char-grilled flavor. I snagged a couple chops at the bottom of the chafing dish to make sure they were plenty juicy — and they were. The green beans were smoky and soft to the bite. Claire’s also makes a killer jambalaya loaded with tender pieces of white chicken and bright green bell pepper. The cornbread dressing was excellent and the tomato pie tart & tasty (especially if you can score an end piece). I even tried fried asparagus spears for the first time in my life and found the flavor combo to be, well, a downhome natural.

Believe it or not, I did save a little room for dessert. That’s a good thing because the choices here are plentiful. Claire’s buttermilk pie was moist with lots of chewy flaked coconut in each and every bite. The banana pudding was even better — incredibly smooth and heavenly. I was on Cloud Nine.

Pricing at Claire’s Place on the Creek ( yes, they are on a creek) is $9.50 and includes the all you can eat lunch buffet, drink ( I suggest the Leroy Hill fresh brewed Sweet Tea), and as many dessert treats as you dare tackle. You will not go away hungry or dissatisfied. This is the real deal y’all and I am so glad to have found them. They can already count me as a regular.

NOTE: Claire’s Place is also open for dinner on Friday and Saturday nights.

Bud Royer’s Pies are the Best!

30 Dec


Bud Royer is the man — and his pies are pretty darn special too!

Whether you’re a fan of buttermilk pie, chocolate chip pie, or traditional pecan pie, Royer’s Round Top Cafe has got you covered. Royer’s is a great place — located between Houston and Austin in one of the more quaint little towns in the Lone Star State. Round Top, TX boasts lots of history and some terrific eats — thanks to Bud Royer and his folks at Royer’s.  


The above image is a shot of their wonderful pecan pie — which tastes even better with a heaping scoop of Amy’s Ice Cream (www.amysicecreams.com) on top. Unlike most pecan pies on the market, this baby is not a gummy, flavorless mess. The pecans are big and fresh and the filling is loaded with flavor.


The buttermilk pies are also incredible. And listen, you don’t have to like drinking buttermilk to enjoy this legendary Royer’s creation. It is very reminiscent of my Granny Justice’s Chess Pie … maybe just a wee bit creamier. Man, is it good! Their kicked up Buttermilk Delight Pie (seen above) incorporates coconut, pecans, and chocolate chips. Serve it up warm and you will be blown away. I am also quite partial to their Strawberry Rhubarb Pie. I had a slab during our last visit and I was extremely impressed. Whole pies are priced at just $16.95 and they ship pretty much everywhere in the free world.

But please don’t just get dessert at Royer’s. Bud makes a great Grilled Shrimp BLT and the steaks at the Round Top Cafe are tender, juicy and delicious. Don’t be fooled, Royer’s may appear like a traditional Texas roadhouse, but the food here is gourmet quality and served up with a tremendous amount of TLC. These fine folks love what they do and it shines through in a big way.


Check out “Bud The Pieman” today at  WWW.ROYERSROUNDTOPCAFE.COM 


Yield: 12 servings

1 canned sweet potatoes, 60 oz. can

1 ½ sticks butter, melted

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Empty sweet potatoes into a bowl.

Add remaining ingredients.

Beat until smooth.

Pour into a 9×13-inch casserole.


1 cup shredded coconut

1 cup packed brown sugar

1 stick butter, melted

1 cup chopped pecans

2 tablespoons flour

Mix all topping ingredients together and spread over the sweet potatoes. Bake at 300 degrees until the topping is brown.