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Apple, peach and cherry hand pies at Baked and Wired in Georgetown

Baked & Wired has a filling new proposition

Baked & Wired is on a mission to make miniature pies the new cupcake.

Owner and pie aficionado Teresa Velazquez has always served slices of pie at her indie Georgetown bakery. But her new handheld pies ($5.25) combine the portability of cupcakes with the flaky satisfaction of pie.

Velazquez spent months testing countless batches to perfect Baked & Wired's recipe. Her final product is a crisp, doughy disk filled with enough fruit to balance the crumbly, flaky golden shell. The shape, too, was tweaked until she landed on her ideal form, somewhere between a triangular turnover and a certain fast-food pie.

To help differentiate the flavors at Baked & Wired, each pie is topped with a dough decoration. Peach pies come with a tiny dough butterfly, and mixed-berry pies are adorned with a flower.

Predictably, the pies with the dough-apple flourish are indeed stuffed with apples, the tartness of Granny Smiths a snappy counterpoint to the rich exterior.

When it's available, we always opt for the cherry pie. With plump sour cherries inside and a pastry heart outside, it's particularly fitting for George Washington's actual birthday today.

Baked & Wired, 1052 Thomas Jefferson St. NW (between K & M sts.); 202-333-2500 or bakedandwired.com

Baked & Wired 1052 Thomas Jefferson St. NW Washington DC 20007 202-333-2500

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