by Kat Robinson
Xandra Sharpe has managed to merge the toasted topped nature of a meringue pie with a creamy, almost whipped creamy foam on top of a little pie that’s going to steal your soul. It’s a fistful of pie crust, custard and white fluff that you will find yourself returning to again and again.
Several people have pointed out Gimme Some Sugar to me, a little bake shop in a little strip of shops south of Greenbrier. I just had to stop in.
But the pie. Aw. I took home one of the little chocolate meringue pies ($3) to try later. And boy, that was a revelation. I was expecting another foamy egg-white concoction. Instead, I bit into the five inch pie and was met with a lovely surprise. It started with the homemade slightly salty crust, then proceeded to the thick and very rich chocolate custard. The custard was creamy instead of hard-firm, which meant it mooshed with each bite — it wasn’t a Jell-O pudding sort of pie where you can see your spoon marks afterwards. Very good.
Thing is, Gimme Some Sugar may not have a whole lot out in the case — but that’s because Xandra specializes in custom orders. I took a look around at her website and saw some really neat looking cakes. The shop’s Facebook page is currently featuring cupcake bites (cupcake pops without the stick) and chocolate covered strawberries for Mother’s Day.
Gimme Some Sugar is open Tuesday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to noon. Call (501) 679-5137 during business hours or (501) 733-9903 off-hours (within reason!) for special orders and appointments.