THE NEW YORK TIMES
IT STARTED WITH APPLE PIES...
Drivers negotiating the serious curves nearby may never notice Galloway’s Country Kitchen Bake Shop, but the storefront business has occupied space in a crook of Harney Road in Scarsdale since 1962. The Galloways’ reputation for baking pie goes back even further — to the 1950s, when the family ran a luncheonette in Bronxville and sold its popular apple by the slice.
Today, apple pie is still the hot seller, but Patti and Bob Galloway, second-generation owners of the shop, now work with an expanded menu of baked goods, including cakes and breads, and in an expanded space.
The larger back section of the shop is devoted to prep tables and ovens; the entrance and small retail portion is room enough for a snappy turnover of not only apple pies, but also raspberry, blueberry, peach, pumpkin, mince, pecan and lemon meringue. Of the cream pies, Patti Galloway said, the most popular is chocolate, although there’s always a market for the banana, coconut and Key lime. All pies go for $9.75 or $10.
On one Saturday morning visit, counter help was busy restocking trays of other baked goods and bagging old-fashioned cake doughnuts, puffy jelly doughnuts and oversized cookies like butter almond crumb and chocolate chip, for a steady stream of customers. Many were waiting for pies or cakes (including layered, cheese and coffee) that they had already reserved.
Breads like rye, pumpernickel, challah and seven grain go for $3.85 a pound. Soft rolls — dinner, hamburger, hot dog — are also available.
The shop is open only three days. It is still a small family operation, Mrs. Galloway said, and it takes all that weekday prep time to keep the products fresh and the shelves full for those weekend customers.