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Posted December 12, 2014
Updated December 14, 2014

MB's Tasty Pastries Chess Pie

— MaryBeth Webb has been baking since she was in junior high in upstate New York. Dreams of a professional career in the culinary industry gave way to a life that lead in many different directions. 

But five years ago, when MaryBeth and her husband, Bill,  decided to move to North Carolina, the baker took her hobby to a new level. She had always made pies for her husband's birthday.. Her mother-in-law made some of the best pies, so MaryBeth said she wanted to do the same. 

"I practiced up and got nice reviews from my family," she said.

Last year, Webb decided to see if anyone else would enjoy her pies. "I thought I would make some on the weekends for a hobby and see how it went," she said.  

Things went well and MB's Tasty Pastries was soon born. In a small shack behind the Heritage Market at the corner of Forrestville and Burlington Mills roads in Wake Forest, MaryBeth and her husband sell pies Thursday through Sunday. The small shop is really impressive, considering its size. Flavors vary each day and are posted on MB's Facebook.

Popular pies include lemon ice box, cherry, apple, bourbon pecan, coconut and blueberry. There is also the new holiday addition of the Lizertorte, which has an almond cookie-like crust with strawberry filling.

But my favorite hands-down is the Chocolate Chess Pie! It is like MaryBeth found a way to make a brownie pie. Just warm it up in the microwave and put some vanilla ice cream on it and dig in! We literally can't keep one of these pies around the house. It is that addictive and delicious! 

The lemon ice box comes in second for me. I love how light it is. The lemon is not tart like some pies. In fact none of MB's pies are overly sweet or tart. And the crust is all homemade with butter!

If you aren't in the mood for a full pie, on the weekends MB's has fried hand-pies in flavors including apple, blueberry and cherry.

And pie isn't the only thing you can get there. MaryBeth also makes lemon cookies and pecan pie bites. 

Make sure you save the pie tins after you finish. Bring them back to MB's for $2 off your purchase.

"I'm just so happy and I am excited to see what the future brings. The best part about this, is seeing all the smiles as folks walk up to the stand," Webb said.

MB's Tasty Pastries is open Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 11a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Make sure to check her Facebook page for a list of flavors and to verify her hours. With the holidays, her schedule will likely change! 

The deadline to order for the holidays is Dec. 18.


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  • getrealwake Dec 15, 2014

    Babylaceycarpenter...this "fat disgusting pie hole" enjoys MaryBeth's pies immensely. In fact, all 105 lean pounds of the body attached to it enjoys one a regular basis, in moderate amounts. Eating pie does not a fat pie hole make; several lifestyle factors combined will create that outcome. Actually, I've never seen a single obese customer while at MB's. All things in moderation... but thank you for demonstrating so well America's misunderstanding of healthy diet and lifestyle. Ignorance has bred the idea that fat free = healthy, and we have an overweight population as a result.

    MB's pastries are delicious and the perfect addition for any special occasion, and we are glad to have them around the corner. We hope to see them stay for years to come!

  • 50s Child Dec 14, 2014

    The past tense of "lead" is "led", not "lead".

  • Jack Miller Dec 14, 2014
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    I can't wait to taste her pie!

  • Ann Hoskins Dec 13, 2014
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    Chocolate Chess Pie- yum! Classic southern pie!