Das Dutchman Essenhaus aims to make 6,000 pies for Thanksgiving
For some people, the best part of Thanksgiving is the pies, and one popular Middlebury restaurant is on track to make 6,000 of them.
Das Dutchman Essenhaus bakery is filled with the homemade pastries available in dozens of flavors. It's something they prepare for every year, and months in advance.
They make the pies from scratch daily, with the help of a large rotating oven.
NewsCenter 16 asked what goes into making nearly 6,000 pies, and the numbers are hard to believe.
"We're talking about 75 pairs of hands that start well in advance," marketing manager Hannah Walsh said. "Ingredient-wise, again, there's some pretty astounding numbers: 3,000 pounds of flour, 3,000 pounds of sugar, 9,800 apples peeled and corked. That's a lot of apples. And then 15,000 eggs."
Das Essenhaus has fans from all across the Midwest, including Ohio, Chicago and Detroit.
Last year, they made 5,800 pies for Thanksgiving. They're open until 8 p.m. Wednesday and will be closed Thanksgiving Day.