As a kid, I grew up eating Hubig pies, as did my parents and my parents parents. But what exactly are these wonderful delights and where did they come from?
Hubig Pies are a fried turnover, originally created in Dallas by Simon Hubig. Hubig was a German immigrant and a master baker. He recognized the popularity of his hand – held pies and expanded his operations to Houston, New Orleans, Birmingham, and into Georgia. His dreams of going national were crushed by the stock market crash of 1929. He was forced to sell all of his bakeries except for the one in NOLA. He also had to take on a partner, which is how the Bowman family came to be the current owners of the bakery.
The bakery has been located in the same building on Dauphine Street for at least 80 years (a 9 minute drive from our New Orleans bed and breakfast). They are fried and smothered in sugary icing, and distributed in nearly 3500 retailers in southern Louisiana . No doubt about it, we love our Hubig Pies! They come in all sorts of flavors , ranging from apple, lemon, pineapple, chocolate, sweet potato, banana, blueberry, blackberry, strawberry and coconut.
Some of the flavors are strictly seasonal, such as the strawberry, blueberry, sweet potato, and the ever elusive blackberry. Hubig’s only makes these when they can get fresh local fruit, and if thecrop isn’t having a productive year, they will skip them if they have to.
Hubig’s Pies are a local institution and tradition. You can see their delivery vans all over town, bringing out flats of freshly baked pies to stores of all kinds. I wish I could say that they were full of fiber and vitamins and were really good for you ……but hey, I can only say that they taste REALLY REALLY GOOD and they instill fond memories of days gone and they make you HAPPY….that can’t be all too bad!