On a few chowhounds' suggestions, I bought two holiday pies from The Filling Station in Orange: pumpkin and caramel apple.
True, they were GInormous, each one easily feeding 12-14, if not more. True, the crust was unusual and interesting and neither filling too sweet. And true, the caramel (which tasted more like a maple glaze) was a nice touch on the apple pie.
But all of that was diminished by the heavy-handed clove seasoning. A little extra cinnamon I can handle, but excessive clove takes the pie from aromatic and comforting to earthy and almost medicinal.
The fact that both pies had clove overkill makes me think it's recipe rather than accident. I served the pies to two groups of people, and almost everyone left filling on the plate. I would buy again next year if I knew for certain that the clove would be decreased by at least half. On the other hand, I would certainly not buy again if I knew the clove content would be the same.
Moral of my longwinded story? If you don't LOVE clove, don't buy Filling Station pumpkin and caramel apple pies, or at least pre-order well in advance and ask them to take it easy on the clove.
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