Thanksgiving Guide – Sweet Endings


by Kirsten Carbone

The Shoreline boasts several exceptional bakeries. Wrap up your feast with any of these delectables:

Pursuit of Pastry in Old Saybrook is known for their classic Apple Pie, but you can order Pumpkin, Cranberry Pecan, Pecan or Blueberry here as well. Mini size is $5.50 and the 10” goes for $17.95. At $2.50 each, Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Crème Icing are a great way to go for easy, portable desserts. For a sweet gluten-free finish, order the Pumpkin, Crème Brulee or Coffee macarons at $1.75 each. This French-inspired bakery has perfected them.

Pursuit of Pastry Cupcakes
Pumpkin Cupcakes


Tradition is what I’m told customers expect at 4 and 20 Blackbirds, so every year you can expect their same tried-and-true holiday favorites, like Nut-Crusted Pumpkin Pie with Maple Leaf Cutouts ($38), Pumpkin Cheesecake ($38 for small; $58 for large) and Austrian Apple Cake (7” for $44, 9” for $65). The Pecan Tart is the owner’s mom’s recipe and always a hit. $30 for small and $40 for the large size.

4and20 Pumpkin Cheesecake
4 & 20 Pumpkin Cheesecake

4 & 20 Apple Cake


A new, more visible locale at the North Cove Shops is where you’ll find Old Saybrook’s Dagmar’s Desserts. Bavarian Apple Strudel is beloved at this Austrian-themed bakery. Medium serves 5 and large serves 10 ($19.95 and $34). Also available for the holiday this year are the Cranberry Caramel Tart and Pear Frangipan Tart, both at $34 for an 11” size.

Cranberry Tart
Cranberry Tart


Hen and Heifer in Guilford will feature two holiday cakes with uncompromising ingredients: The Pumpkin Cheesecake with Brisée, Spiced Pumpkin Jam, Molasses Glaze and White Chocolate Hazelnut Tiles ($75.00). Or go for the Spice Cake with Orange Marmalade and Spiced Grand Marnier Buttercream ($60.00). Both are almost too beautiful to cut into, but we know you will.  (Top photo is Hen & Heifer’s pumpkin cheesecake).

 Spice Cake w/ Orange Marmalade & Grand Marnier Buttercream


If you’ve been following us on instagram, you know that our own The E List team member, Lesley Moore of, creates magical cakes and she’s offering up this Apple Rose Tart for Thanksgiving. An 8″ tart serves 8 – 10 people for $40. Also available gluten free (we tasted and loved!). Contains nuts. Call 860.733.5249 or email to order.