April’s Bakery – 11 Uniquely Flavoured Pies to Sweeten Up Your Everyday Life
Founded by two pretty Thai sisters, Mai and April, this bakery has about 60 outlets across Thailand. The bakery is named after April, a former air stewardess who travels to Hong Kong frequently, and drew inspiration from their traditional snack – 老婆饼 (wife’s biscuit). April began experimenting in the kitchen, and created a modern rendition of wife’s biscuit using her own recipe. They now have 11 sweet flavours.
Opened in April, the outlet at Tampines MRT Station is their first store overseas. April is based in Thailand while Mai manages the business in Singapore. 2 more outlets are coming your way soon – One Raffles Place(end July) and Chinatown Point(1 September). Savoury flavours will also be introduced in Singapore later this year.
Mai explained that their crust is homemade, and shipped directly from Thailand. They prefer keeping their crust thin. So, each pie contains 20% crust and 80% filling. Such generosity! The pies are baked fresh daily. It takes about 30 minutes to bake 1 batch of pies at the moment. However, with the new oven at the One Raffles Place outlet, the baking time taken for each batch will be reduced to 15 minutes. So, you don’t have to worry about the waiting time as you stand in the queue.
It’s time to find out what flavours are available!
April Bakery’s Bestsellers
Priced at $2 each, the Taro with Gingko Pie, Thai Tea Pie, Purple Sweet Potato Pie, and Green Tea Pie are the bakery’s bestsellers. The Taro with Gingko Pie is quite similar to our traditional orh-nee dessert, but thicker and denser in texture, with a gingko nut embedded in the middle.
Thai milk tea is known to be extremely sweet, but surprisingly, there’s a good balance of sweetness for the bakery’s Thai Tea Pie. The sweetness of the custard has been neutralized by the Thai tea flavour. This particular flavour is very popular, so be sure to head down early before it’s sold out.
The Purple Sweet Potato Pie is very starchy, with a slightly powdery and drier texture, and finishes with a hint of sweetness. It is said that this root vegetable boasts health benefits such as maintaining healthy blood vessels in one’s body. This is the most filling pie of all eleven pies.
We had high expectations for the Green Tea Pie as we love everything and anything Matcha. While it’s good news for some, as the Green Tea Pie’s sweetness and eggy-ness overshadowed the green tea’s natural bitterness, we would have preferred the green tea flavour to be more distinct.
Our Top 3 Favourites
Though April’s Bakery highly recommend their bestselling pies, the Tokyo Banana Custard Pie, Pumpkin Pie, and Custard Pie won our votes! These are also priced at $2 each. At the moment, Tokyo Banana Custard Pie is only available in Singapore! If you’re not familiar with Tokyo Banana, it’s a soft plain sponge cake filled with banana custard cream, and a highly sought after snack in Japan. April Bakery’s version of Tokyo Banana Custard Pie is well executed! The light caramel custard filling with a tinge of banana flavouring is creamy and smooth, making it a delightful treat.
The Pumpkin Pie ranks high on our list. The pleasant sweetness from the pumpkin was a clear winner. The texture is creamy and smooth as well. We felt like we were enjoying a bowl of pumpkin soup, just in the form of a pie.
The Custard Pie, on the other hand, might be the best choice for kids. It’s not too milky, nor too rich. Moderately creamy and light on the palate, you can easily devour the entire pie yourself.
Other Interesting Flavours
For a refreshing twist, go for the Coconut Pie ($2) which has generous shreds of coconut flesh enveloped within the thin crust. It is held together by a moist, sweet paste. Each bite features a nice crunch.
The Sweet Egg Floss Pie ($1.50) is mirrored after a Thai dessert made using egg yolk, sugar, and syrup. The taste of the sweet egg floss reminds us of our traditional love letter snacks commonly eaten during Lunar New Year. Perhaps, next year, we’ll be offering our guests this sweet egg floss pie instead!
For those who prefer more traditional and classic flavours, go for the Black Sesame Pie ($2) and Red Bean Pie ($2). The former is best paired with Chinese tea, and possesses a savoury twist which amazed us. It’s done just right – neither too dry nor too moist. The latter, on the other hand, exudes a nostalgic feel due to its similarity to tau sar piah. It’s thicker and denser in texture as compared to the black sesame pie.
Do note that the pies can be refrigerated and consumed cold within 2 days of purchase. You can also choose to reheat them for 15 to 20 seconds in a microwave at medium heat before diving into them. For the month of July, there’s a “Buy 5 Get 1 Free” promotion for all the pies at April’s Bakery, so hurry down and grab your favourite flavours while stocks last!
April’s Bakery has recently launched their version of Taiwanese 凤梨酥 (pineapple cake) under the brand, “Manee” ($9 small / $15 big). Each oval-shaped pineapple cake features a crust that’s not too flaky, and the paste in the middle has a well-balanced sweetness and tanginess. To be honest, we felt that it’s comparable to the standard of pineapple cakes in Taiwan – really good!
April’s Bakery’s pies are packed into pretty pastel boxes and are perfect as gifts. The pies also make a great afternoon snack. Have you tried all the flavours? Let us know which is your favourite!
Address: #01-31, Tampines MRT Station, Singapore 529538
Mobile: 8122 7604
Opening Hours: 8am to 10pm daily.
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