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Best Aussie meat pie crowned

Best Aussie meat pie crowned

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The coveted title of Australia’s best, no-fuss plain meat pie has been won by a WA bakery.

Pinjarra Bakery takes the crown for baker of the ‘Best Plain Meat Pie’ in Australia, at The Official Great Aussie Pie Competition.

The bakery, located one hour south of Perth also has three locations in Waroona, Maddington and Port Kennedy. They are reportedly “stoked” to gain the title for their much loved ‘Chunky pie’.

“We’re absolutely stoked!! Best meat pie in Australia…gotta be happy with that! Thank you to the judges and everyone at @officialauspie” the bakery wrote on a post made on the competition’s Instagram page.

Pinjarra Bakery steals the title from the last year’s winner, Rolling Pin Pies & Cakes in Ocean Grove, Victoria.

The competition holds 18 different pastry categories, including ‘Best Gourmet Pie,’ ‘Best Gourmet Sausage Roll,’ ‘Best Plain Sausage roll’, ‘Best Vegetarian Pie’ and ‘Best Apple Pie’.

This year, 'Best Gourmet Pie' went to the 'Dancing Scallop Pie' baked at Paradise Bakehouse in Queensland, while 'Best Gourmet Sausage Roll' went to the 'Garlick Chicken Roll' baked at The Little Red Grape Bakery in South Australia.

Founded in 1989, the competition aims to recognise the high-quality pie-making standards of Australian bakers.

According to the competition website, each entry is assessed to some basic criteria. Pies are expected to have a pastry top with "good lamination" that is also "not too thick". While fillings must have absolutely no "gristle or bone" and have a balanced "meat to pastry ratio".

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