Della Guzman’s been baking professionally for 12 years after picking up a gig at a bakery in Parker, Colorado. She’s been selling her pies and other baked goods at farmers markets in the Springs for 10 of those years, commuting from Lakewood. Over the years, Guzman’s built some formidable chops, which she now shares at the Pikes Peak Market
. It’s rare we call something underpriced, but her 4-inch pies for $4 would be a good value even at $5 or $6.
Her best-selling bourbon-pecan pie sends my colleague right back to Alabama, deliriously sweet with salt in the crisp crust to balance, big on vanilla and fruity characteristics. A coconut-rum pie gets the same sweet-salty balance, this time with a filling dominated by coconut and Caribbean spices — think clove, cinnamon and allspice. While the caramel-apple pie doesn’t present caramel flavors, the filling’s sweet and tender in a thicker, less salty pastry crust, and it’s hard to complain about a well-proportioned mix of cinnamon and apples.