There is nothing quite like a fresh made pie from a family kitchen, and that’s exactly what Papa C Pies is known for: making fresh pies and desserts daily straight from the Papa C family recipe book. Papa C Pies, located in Franklin, TN, was started in 2008 and is owned by father-son duo Chad and Gary “Papa C” Collier. The Colliers have been residents of Franklin for over 40 years, which makes Franklin the perfect place for their business.
Papa C Pies makes pies and desserts from scratch daily, no canned fillings or ingredients allowed. Each pie is made using fresh ingredients and has a flaky crust made in-house each day. The menu at Papa C Pies includes fruit pies such as cherry, blueberry, multi-berry and apple as well as pecan, chocolate, pumpkin and more. The bakery also has many other desserts, including cinnamon rolls, cookies, pecan and lemon bars and take-and-bake chicken potpies.
Papa C Pies originated from Papa C wanting to learn his mother Elsie’s famous pie recipes. She was best known for her delicious apple pie. Papa C was the oldest of five kids and his mom often asked him to help out in the kitchen, which is where his love for baking and cooking began.
“Roughly 16 years ago, Papa C, having retired, started messing around in the kitchen trying to replicate her recipe,” Chad Collier said. “After struggling, we waited for her to visit for Christmas and followed her around recording and measuring everything. Papa C then had a knack for making apple pies. And In 2008, we jokingly said we should start a pie business.”