Chef Mark McEwan cel­e­brates the fall har­vest by sam­pling T.O.’s best ap­ple pies

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Septem­ber is ap­ple-pick­ing sea­son around th­ese parts, so we rounded up the city’s most deca­dent ap­ple pies and matched them with this town’s best gourmet ice creams in search of the per­fect dessert pair­ing. Which duo did chef Mark McEwan crown tops in T.O.? Read on to find out.

“This def­i­nitely has the best pas­try. It has a nice bite to it, good crunch and the best bal­ance.” ROLLING PIN, 1970 AV­ENUE RD., $25

“This is the best ice cream. I like the way they’ve left the vanilla in it. I like the colour of it; this is a more nat­u­ral colour.” BEAN AND BAKER MALT SHOP, 326 HARBORD ST., $7 / PINT

“There’s lots of cin­na­mon in this one. It tastes good, but the ap­ple feels just a lit­tle bit raw.” CHAR­MAINE SWEETS, 115 VANDERHOOF AVE., $15

“This is good ice cream; it eats well. I re­ally like the use of the egg yolk. What I like is it’s not too sweet, so you can eat more.”


“They re­ally cook their pas­try. It’s ac­tu­ally a very good pie. I re­ally like the ap­ples and the way they’ve man­aged the ap­ples.” SUM­MER­HILL MAR­KET, 446 SUM­MER­HILL AVE., $12.99

“This ice cream is su­per smooth.” SUM­MER’S ICE CREAM, 101 YORKVILLE AVE., $8 / HALF LITRE

“This is a clas­sic ap­ple pie, and it has a nice golden colour to the crust.” DESSERT LADY, 12 CUM­BER­LAND ST., $11

“This has a very dif­fer­ent taste,” says McEwan of the egg-free ice cream that uses pan­dan (screw­pine) leaves. PUT A CONE ON IT, 633 BLOOR ST. W., $8.50 / PINT

“This is very well sea­soned. There’s some nut­meg, cin­na­mon. Nice colour on the ap­ples.” PHIPPS DESSERTS, 1875 LES­LIE ST., UNIT 21, $14.95

“This has more of the clas­sic vanilla ice cream taste.” ED’S REAL SCOOP, 920 QUEEN ST. E., $8.50 / PINT

“It’s a nice idea. Ap­ples and ba­con can go to­gether, but the ba­con should be crispy, and the ap­ples should be caramelized.” GINGER’S CUP­CAKES & DESSERTS, 10220 YONGE ST., $25

“This sweet cream ice cream is very rich. Very rich.” GREG’S ICE CREAM, 750 SPADINA AVE., $7.75 / HALF LITRE

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