Bakery wins piefecta
CUSTOMERS share conspiratory glances as they enter Bro’s Bakery to taste Malcolm Nisbet’s pies.
"They’re good, aren’t they?" one lady whispered as she saw another customer bite into the crisp, flaky crust of a fresh meat pie.
Branyan Street bakery has picked up three bronze awards at the Great Aussie Pie ComBut the die-hard fans will not be able to keep their treats a secret for much longer - the Branyan Street bakery has picked up three bronze awards at the Great Aussie Pie Competition.
Mr Nisbet won third place categories for three of his favourite pastries, beating hundreds of competitors from all over the country.
"All my pies are special - I’ve got a few secret ingredients," he said.
"We use quality ingredients, and they are pretty big so that makes them popular too."
The winning pies were meat, chicken and a gourmet delight that Mr Nisbet invented especially for the competition - kangaroo and red wine.
"I thought it was pretty good and luckily, the judges liked it too," he said of his prize-winning combination.
His customers agree, with many styles of the gourmet pies selling out by lunch-time every day.
After baking his first creation as a 15-year-old, Mr Nisbet said he had been experimenting with different fillings and techniques for years.
"I try all sorts of different things," he said.
"I took a bit of time away from the industry when I grew up but I missed it so I came back."
In total he has about 15 years’ experience in creating the perfect crust, with his skill showing in every delicious pie.
The judges chose Mick’s Bakehouse at Wagga Wagga, in New South Wales, as the winner of the overall competition for a plain meat pie.
The Great Aussie Pie Competition started in 1989.
Judges have travelled to venues from Melbourne to Brisbane in order to sample the perfect pie.