You probably don't bake, but you can definitely bring dessert. Now when it comes to finding the right dessert to pass off as your own, there are lots of ways to fill a pie dish.
This week's battle is meant to prepare you for Thanksgiving or any other dinner where you agree to provide dessert. It's the oversized lattice apple pie from Costco up against the classic apple pie from Tippin's.
Originally baked at Pippin's Restaurant and Pie Pantry, Tippin's is a Kansas City classic. If you're from here, it's what you grew up eating. In 2004, Hen House Markets bought the Tippin's recipe and brand -- the pies are now available exclusively at the grocery chain.
Costco earned its way into the fight after a close friend with impeccable pie taste signed off on Kirkland bakery. I've always walked by the gargantuan pies, knowing that 4.69 pounds of pie, is probably slightly too much for a household of three. This pie battle will be decided head-to-head in four categories: appearance, crust, filling and a la mode. We adjusted for hometown bias by using both out-of-town and hometown palates.
Appearance: The latticed top of the Costco pie has a cinnamon sugar crust and looks like something you'd steal off a windowsill -- a massive, steel reinforced windowsill. The Tippin's pie is a beautiful golden brown that screams butter. Both make you want to cut right into the top and get eating. Winner: It's a push.
Crust: The Tippin's pie lifted easily out of the container and had the flaky, buttery texture of a traditional pie at the edges. The Costco crust was slightly chewy and glued to the pan in parts. Winner: Tippin's