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    Australia’s best pie 2020: Where to find the best pies around the country

    If you’re going to go on a bit of a road trip, you need to make sure there is a delicious treat at your destination.

    So it’s timely that the Baking Association of Australia has just announced the country’s best pies for 2020. Now we can map out a pie trail, and give our weekend drives a real purpose.
    There’s good news for people living in Victoria (and let’s face it – Victorians could really do with a win). Country Cob Bakery in Boronia and Kyneton cleaned up, taking out a stunning four prizes: the best plain mince pie, the best flavoured pie for its pepper steak pie, best gourmet pie for its American barbecue whiskey pork and quail egg pie, and best vegetarian pie with its curry cauliflower, chickpea, lentil and pea number.

    Co-owner and head baker Ryan Khuan champions flavours from his home country Cambodia, and regularly spends months tweaking the flavours to suit Australians tastebuds.


    Owner Ryan Khun with some of his pies at Country Cob Bakery. Picture: Chloe SmithSource:News Corp Australia

    It’s clear the humble meat pie has really come a long way. Around the country you’ll find creamy scallop pies, innovative eggs Benedict pies and even ones that use our coat of arms as the filling.
    So if you want to make a beeline for some of the country’s best, we’ve mapped out some highlights below (including the other winners in this year’s best pie awards, marked with an asterisk).

    NEW SOUTH WALES
    * Mountain High Pies in Wentworth Falls took out this year’s prize for best gluten-free pie for its lamb shiraz pie.
    * Bels Gordon Street Bakery in Port Macquarie took out the best poultry pie award for its chicken cajun pie and best vegetarian pastie for its spinach and three cheese concoction.

    SOUTH AUSTRALIA
    Port Elliot Bakery is located on the coastline between the towns of Victor Harbor and Middleton, about an hour from Adelaide. The seaside shop has been a staple since the 1860s, and is known among locals as the best pies in South Australia. In summer there is usually a 25-minute queue to get in. They have ‘pies of the month’ which have recently featured Hawaiian steak and red wine mushroom pies.
    Apex Bakery is an artisan bakery based in Tanunda in the Barossa Valley. While visiting the area, you can explore the numerous parks, playgrounds and picnic spots with one of its venison ragů pies in hand.

    TASMANIA
    Tasmania is famous for its scallop pies, so if you are looking for the best head to Blue Edge Bakery, a family-owned bakery in Bicheno. It won Tasmania’s ‘best scallop pie’ award in 2019.
    On the road between Launceston and Hobart, Ross is one of Tasmanian’s early garrison towns. The Ross Village Bakery is Ross’ original bakery and has been operating on the site for over 100 years. For a modern twist and in interest of keen anime fans, the bakery resembles the iconic bakery from the anime ‘Kiki’s Delivery Service’.

    WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    * The Four Seasons Patisserie in Kelmscott won “best seafood pie” in this year’s awards, for their Malaysian Seafood Pie.
    A favourite of Prince Harry’s is Bindoon Bakehaus, and although he went to try one of their famous banoffee eclairs, their pies are worth a royal visit too. From the classic pepper steak to their famous Moo and Blue (steak with a blue cheese centre) there is something for everyone.
    In the town of Wyndham, surrounded by some of the Kimberley’s most spectacular landforms, brave visitors can try crocodile and barramundi pies at Croc Cafe Bakery.
    Family-owned Pinjarra Bakery won best mince pie at last year’s national Great Aussie Pie Comp, where it walked away with 14 gold, three silver and one bronze for its range of crowd-pleasing pies.

    NORTHERN TERRITORY
    You can’t travel to the heart of Australia without visiting The Bakery in Alice Springs. Everything is baked from scratch and the pastry is made from real butter. They like to keep things fresh, and a little different from the normal bakery fare, so depending on the day travellers might even see a camel or kangaroo pie on the menu.
    The team at Tommo’s Pies, Darwin, know that a true blue Aussie understands the majesties of the humble pie. Tommo’s began making pies back in the ’70s and is still going strong today. The eatery keeps it simple with the classics, a few gourmet varieties such as Thai chicken curry and a vegan Mexican chilli bean pie. Situated just off the Stuart Highway, it’s the perfect spot to either start or end your Top End adventures.

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    Tommo's produce superb pies. They used to have a bakery in Katherine which was our regular lunch spot.

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    There's some great looking pies in that link.

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    ^I'm drooling too, never tried some of them but they sound delicious. Come a long way from the days of the choices being a pie, a pie with peas, or a cottage pie.

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    In the Queensland Section of the article ...

    "The legendary Old Fernvale Bakery has been established for more than three decades and its baking team has won hundreds of national pie and baking awards. It has over 100 different flavours of pies including emu, crocodile, camel and kangaroo."

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    Bit decorum required lads.
    LT is cracking the shits - wants the thread renamed “Australian owned best pies 2020”

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iceman123 View Post
    LT is cracking the shits - wants the thread renamed “Australian owned best pies 2020”




    Quote Originally Posted by Headworx View Post
    Come a long way from the days of the choices being a pie, a pie with peas, or a cottage pie.
    Nothing better than Harry's Cafe de Wheels in Wooloomooloo late night or very very early morning . . . a pie floater . . . the floating on bit was peas, mushy peas.

    Harry's went corporate quite a while ago, now has a joint in Darling Harbour/Cockle Bay as well - nah . . . wasn't the best but it was gooood.



    As per the OP, NZ's best pies were also made by an Asian baker/piemaker. Either also Cambodian or Vietnamese, in Rotorua I believe it was

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    On the few occasions I've had the much vaunted Aussie pie, I've found them to be a bit of a let down due to the pastry they use.

    I much prefer British growlers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hallelujah View Post
    I much prefer British growlers.
    I had one of those once, the daughter of a Shell Oil Senior Exec . . .


    Anyway, back to the topic, Hal . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    I had one of those once, the daughter of a Shell Oil Senior Exec . . .

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    I bet you filled her tank up with gravy. Hur hur. Fnarr fnaar.

    Coat me get I'll

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    Growler . . . so descriptive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    Growler . . . so descriptive.
    First time I have heard it in reference to a meat pie.

    Usually, it's in reference to a .... female fish pie.

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    Pffft. It's commonly used to describe a refillable beer flagon these days.


    Not sure where that term came from, might be an 'merican thing.

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    I just had a sausage roll for breakie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRealKW View Post
    First time I have heard it in reference to a meat pie.

    Usually, it's in reference to a .... female fish pie.
    Exactly


    Quote Originally Posted by Loy Toy View Post
    I just had a sausage roll for breakie.
    Weirdo!!! In a pie thread even!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    Weirdo!!! In a pie thread even!!!!
    Hello, the sausage roll police are on the job now are they? Let's throw a pastie in then too, just to wind them right up
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    And yeah they're good!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Headworx View Post
    Hello, the sausage roll police are on the job now are they?
    Sgt Panama Hat, reporting

    Quote Originally Posted by Headworx View Post
    Let's throw a pastie in then too,
    You b a s t a r d.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRealKW View Post
    First time I have heard it in reference to a meat pie.

    Usually, it's in reference to a .... female fish pie.
    An old Yorkshire word for a pie, which is more common among older folk, I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hallelujah View Post
    An old Yorkshire word for a pie, which is more common among older folk, I think.
    Oh . . . not the growler I was referring to then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    Oh . . . not the growler I was referring to then.
    Perhaps you mean '.... not the growler to which I was referring' ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by docmartin View Post
    Perhaps you mean '.... not the growler to which I was referring' ;-)
    If I wuz a teecher oi culd speek proper like . . .

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    I'll see that pastie and raise a cornjack -

    -corn-jack-jpg

    Truly, a good pie is a delightful thing.
    It shouldn't be too full, the crust should be flaky but firm, and it shouldn't leak gravy yet the gravy shouldn't be stodgy. Quite a big ask.

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    Quote Originally Posted by docmartin View Post
    I'll see that pastie and raise a cornjack -

    -corn-jack-jpg
    And I'll see your Cornjack and raise a Chiko roll
    -cr-jpg
    Though both should come with health warnings on the packets.

    Quote Originally Posted by docmartin View Post
    Truly, a good pie is a delightful thing.
    It shouldn't be too full, the crust should be flaky but firm, and it shouldn't leak gravy yet the gravy shouldn't be stodgy. Quite a big ask.
    Well put. I've got a heap of pics of pies on my phone, but none once they've been bit/cut into. This is stolen off the net and shows what we're looking for...
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    Ah, the ubiquitous chiko roll . . . one of the most disgusting yet satisfying snacks

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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    Ah, the ubiquitous chiko roll . . . one of the most disgusting yet satisfying snacks
    What is it?

    You know what pisses me off about pies? Steak and kidney. Buy a pie and then spend 5 minutes picking the bits of kidney out.

    Do you have the same problem in OZ/NZ with rogue ingredients spoiling a perfectly good pie?

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