BRUNSWICK, Maine — From pumpkin to blueberry, coconut cream to chocolate mousse, Thanksgiving means pie for Mainers — and long days for bakeries around the state.
At Wild Oats Bakery & Cafe in Brunswick, Brooke MacArthur baked most of the 700 from-scratch pies overnight Monday. Preparation took days, but the “ball of energy” and mother of two came in when the kitchen was quiet to pop them all in the ovens.
“It’s really satisfying at the end, when everything is done,” MacArthur said Wednesday as she stopped with her two young children to pick up pies. “It takes all of us, and everything comes out so beautifully. I love knowing everything we put our hearts and souls into is out there making people happy.”
Elise Richer of Tin Pan Bakery in Portland was still taking pies out of the oven Wednesday. Only the second Thanksgiving for the two-year-old bakery, Richer said she thinks they’ve done 40 percent more business this year than last Thanksgiving.