Christchurch pie bakers win gold
Whether you're looking for savoury or sweet, Christchurch pie connoisseurs do not have to look far for a taste of the best pies in the country.
Christchurch can lay claim to the best bacon and egg and boutique pie in the country after the 2013 New Zealand Bakels Supreme Pie Awards were announced last night.
St Albans is home to a "tweaked" version of the humble Kiwi bacon and egg pie, with Kidds Cake & Bakery taking out the category.
Co-owner Martin Meehan said the $4.50 creation was the original recipe, "tweaked up a bit for the competition".
"We had six entries - and actually the bacon and egg was the one I had the least hope for of the whole lot," he said.
The new version was now available the public.
"Actually, I just got three trays out of the oven about three seconds ago," he said.
"It is [popular], it will probably be a bit more popular now."
It is the latest in a long list of accolades for the Cranford St bakery, who were also crowned the bakers of New Zealand's best hot cross buns in February.
Meehan said the latest triumph meant they had "officially ran out of window", where they display their collection of awards.
And for dessert, pie-lovers can head to Merivale's Sweet Kitchen for their apple, vanillla bean, frangipane, rum and cinnamon invention, which reigned supreme in the exotic Cafe Boutique category.
Bakery owner Ben Walker said it was the first time they had entered the competition, and the win was "something quite nice" for the 2-year-old business.
After developing the recipe with his sister and "getting all the flavours right", the pie will now be available in the shop.
"One of the judges said with the pie we made, they actually ate the whole thing," Walker said.
The awards enticed more than 500 bakers to send a whopping 4500 pies to Auckland for judging.