Christmas wouldn't be complete without the warmth of family and friends... um, and delicious baked goods by the fire. For the time-crunched D.C. set, Bayou Bakery (1515 N. Courthouse Road) provides a helpful and scrumptious assist to the holiday parties and meals.
For Christmas, three different kinds of pecan pies are offered, in addition to their gorgeous cream cheese-frosted carrot cake. There’s a savory pecan pie with bacon and a hint of cayenne with bacon from the famous Benton’s Bacon of Madisonville, Tenn., as well as pecan pie spiked with bourbon and chocolate chips made from Valrona chocolate.
"The kind of pecan pie where your stomach gets warm and hot," said owner/chef David Guas.
Virginians may appreciate the Virginia peanut pie, a not-so-common variation on the pecan pie.
"I put a touch of cayenne in there -- I am from Louisiana -- and beautiful extra large peanuts from a farm not too far from here," Guas said. The larger, meatier peanut provides a heartier kick than the holiday's traditionally sweeter pies.
The pies range from $20 to $24 and should be ordered, at the latest, three days before Christmas. Bayou Bakery will be open Christmas Eve for those who need to pick up at the last minute.
Additionally, you can scrimp on the cooking by ordering any of Bayou's side dishes, including cornbread muffins made from cornmeal ground at George Washington’s gristmill, and buttermilk biscuits, with or without country ham from Edwards in Surrey, Virginia -- "They are the Virginia ham kings!" The ham is cured for 14 months, then shaved and sliced; and stuffed into a biscut.
The full list of sides to go:
Andouille & Chicken Gumbo - $20 [quart]
Bacon & Blue Cheese Party Dip - $9 [pint]
Bayounog (country-style eggnog) - $8 [quart]
Blackened Turkey Meatballs - $36 
Braised Collards - braised, benton’s bacon, vidalia onions and pepper vinegars - $12 [quart]
• Buttermilk Biscuits - white lily, southern-style biscuits in petite/full-size $12/$20 [dozen] or $18/$28 [dozen] with Ham
• Cornbread Muffins - cornbread made from cornmeal ground by george washington’s gristmill - $15 [dozen]
• Cranberry-Orange Preserves - tart and sweet goodness - $10 [pint]
• Deviled Eggs - $12 [dozen]
• Dirty Rice - ground black angus beef, chicken livers, holy trinity and louisiana long grain rice - $15 [quart]
• Mac-n-Cheese - creamy, comforting with n.y. sharp cheddar - $25 [12-16 servings]
• Pimento Cheese Spread - $10 [pint]
• Savory Bread Pudding - andouille, cornbread, cheddar - $30 [12-25 servings]