Traci Wilbur Makes Pumpkin Cheesecake
Forks up, Phoenix! Chow Bella and Roosevelt Row present the third annual Pie Social Saturday, November 3rd, from 2 to 6 p.m. on Roosevelt Row in downtown Phoenix. We've got an all-star line up of bakers making pies for you to taste, and from now til Pie Social, we'll introduce them to you, one by one.
Today: Traci Wilbur of Pie Snob makes pumpkin cheesecake.
She might run her pie business solo, but that hasn't stopped Traci Wilbur from becoming a tour de force in the local pie scene. Perhaps it's her impressive digs that put her over the top -- Wilbur creates and bakes in a woodshed turned chef's dream kitchen behind her home.
Wilbur is a red head with a big smile, casually dressed in shorts. She leads us through a gate and towards a building in her backyard. She opens the door, and instead of finding a tool shed behind the door, we are met by a stainless-steel industrial kitchen. Lilac walls and black-and-white checkered floors give the space a calming, yet homey feeling.
She tells us she will be making pumpkin cheesecake today. Three of them, to be exact.
Blocks of cream cheese, cut into one-inch squares, go into the gigantic stainless steel standing mixer (the mixing bowl can hold enough filling for 20 pies, Wilbur tells us), and then the machine gets turned on.
She adds a sugar and spice combination that smells like fall. As she is adding the sugar, a little girl's face peeks through the window. Realizing she's been spotted, she quickly ducks out of sight.
Wilbur, who has two young daughters, mentions that her oldest already wants to take over the business.