In a plot similar to the hit Broadway musical “Waitress,” a Brooklyn woman baked herself a new life. “Waitress,” now playing on Broadway, centers around Jenna, the show’s heroine, who used baking to escape from the real world and her bad marriage.
Our real world version is Meghan Daly of Park Slope. Fed up with the corporate rat race, Daly, 34, traded in spreadsheets for sugar, butter and plenty of flour, and worked her way up to owning a pie shop. She is now the proud owner of Daly Pie in Prospect Heights, a 22-seat sweets sanctuary where she’ll churn out about six different kinds of pies a day along with coffee and some savory snacks and sandwiches.
“I couldn’t imagine doing what I was doing for the rest of my life,” says Daly, who learned the basics of baking from her mother, but stopped when she started college. “I wasn’t enjoying my work.”
When she felt trapped at her job doing marketing for a pharmaceutical company, she “stress baked.”
“I would think up recipes. It was a stress reliever for me,” says Daly, who would bring in samples of her apple, pecan and pumpkin pies for her co-workers to taste. She sought comfort in her creations like “A Case of the Mondays” — a pie made with pretzels, Nutella, peanut butter, chocolate and a potato chip garnish. It’ll be on the menu at Daly Pie.
Daly created more than 80 of her own recipes, and eventually started selling her baked goods at food markets like the now-closed Brooklyn Night Bazaar. Her passion is palpable in every bite — especially in the Chocolate S’more pie, made with a buttery graham cracker crust, filled with baked chocolate and topped with pillows of fluffy toasted marshmallow meringue. Then there’s her Salty Lime pie, inspired by a Margarita; and a delectable ginger blackberry peach delight. Each flavor is distinct and delicious.
At Daly Pie, whole pies will be $30-$35, and slices, $5-$6.
665 Vanderbilt Ave., Brooklyn.