The world of commercial pie making can best be described as unoriginal. Like pub rock bands of the 1980′s bakers stick to the tried and true. The staples have to be produced to sate the demand of the masses.
Just like no self-respecting pub band could get away without playing April Sun in Cuba the Mince pie demands it’s rightful slot in every pie warmer. As of course do the Mince and Cheese (Hotel California), Steak and Mushroom (Black Velvet), Potato Top (Wonderful Tonight), Chicken and Mushroom (Sweet Home Alabama) and Bacon and Egg (Summer of 69) pies of this world.
It was with a great deal of surprise and delight that beside the usual suspects in the Pie Warmer at Bob’s Patisserie I found myself face to face with a Silverbeet and Pumpkin pie.
While presenting myself at the counter a fellow customer commented that the pie sounds like a “Healthy Option.”
After asking the chap at the register, who I attributed to be Bob himself, I established that the pies were not made on the premises and were in fact produced offsite by “a bloke that I (being Bob) know(s).”
I was pleased to hear this as I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy the pie quite as much if it was made by someone that Bob didn’t know.
In short the pie was a delight. It contained a good mixture of silverbeet and pumpkin with a few bits of corn and a very lovely cheese sauce.
Here’s hoping the Silverbeet and Pumpkin finds itself elevated to the top shelf of many more pie warmers across our mighty nation.
Rating: Turn the pie warmer up to 4.
Store: Bob’s Patisserie on Ponsonby Road., Auckland.
Baked: The pie was made by a bloke the owner knows.
Reviewed by Convenience Food Critic – Mr Sterling Pace