Now that the football season is over, one of the sisters, who lives at the end of a very long col-de-sac has decided what better way to spend her summer than by trying out pies from shops throughout the Lake District.
Both of the local sporting teams have already been reviewed, so here we go!! Using the knowledge gained at the British Pie Awards back in March 2017 and looking at the Colour, Consistency, Capacity, Chewiness, Cost and Condition.
Today the bakery I tried was The Bake Shed, having been told by local people they were one of the best in the town. I thought it was a perfect place to start!
The selection of pies at The Bake Shed was vast, with many choices. They are produced by Higginsons Bakery of Grange, titled legendary, high quality pies.
Now for the bit you have all been waiting for, the review of what I would say was a lovely pie.
Colour – The colour of the meat and potato pie was a rich caramel, golden brown throughout, with a nice glossy coat over the lid. The crusts of the pie were a consistent golden colour, with no additional darker/lighter areas.
Consistency – This category refers to the texture of the liquids of the content. The Bake Shed’s meat and potato pie, was perfect. The potato was soft with a velvety texture, and it simply disappeared with no effort. The meat was minced into small bits, making it easy to eat, even for those with false teeth.
Capacity – The ratio of air:filling was obviously more filling to air. The meat and potato was evenly distributed with very little gab between the filling and the pastry surrounding it. The ratio of crust:filling, again there was more filling. Sometimes pies can have to much pastry, that then takes away from major part of the pie, here there was the perfect amount of both pastry and filling.
Chewiness – This category refers directly to meat pies, and how chewy the meat is. As already mentioned, the meat was minced into small pieces, and melted in your mouth.
Cost – Usually there is a negative correlation between the expense and score of a pie. The more expensive, the higher the quality; the case with many products, from clothes to food. The Bake Shed’s meat and potato pie cost £2.05, however the other pies available varied in price. Personally, I feel that this is a reasonable price for the standard of pie, however this is something I will compare throughout my pie shop reviews.
Condition – I bought 6 meat and potato pies, I promise they were not all for myself! All 6 were near enough identical, none of them were burnt or had any boil outs, all a consistent rich caramel brown colour, with the odd crack showing the filling inside. The pies were cooked completely through, with base and sides the same thickness and colour with NO SOGGY BOTTOM!
The people I bought the pies for agree with me, that the pies were of an exceptionally high standard and they would buy them again, and maybe try a different filling too!
Out of 5 – 4.7 (If I could grade out 10 it would definitely be 9)
Fellow Barrowvians, visitors, contractors and workers please use your lunch breaks wisely and try any pie from The Bake Shed and see what you think!
The Bake Shed
90 Roose Road,