Award-win­ning pie on Bake­house menu

Hauraki Herald - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - TERESA RAM­SEY

Cus­tomers at The Bake­house Cafe in Thames can now have a ‘‘healthy’’ award-win­ning pie for lunch.

The cafe’s chicken and vegetable pie re­ceived a highly com­mended award at the NZ Bakels Supreme Pie Awards at an awards din­ner in Auck­land on Au­gust 1. Cafe owner Khe­mara Yin said he was sur­prised to win the award be­cause he had only been mak­ing the chicken and vege pie for about a year.

It has a spe­cial fill­ing that con­tains chicken with cran­berry sauce and kumara. The pie is also topped with pump­kin seeds.

‘‘It’s nice and healthy, reckon,’’ he said.

‘‘I got feed­back from the cus­tomers, they said ‘oh that’s re­ally nice’, so then I de­cided to en­ter it. When I got highly com­mended, it re­ally sur­prised me.’’ His cus­tomers told him the cran­berry sauce made the pie taste like a ‘‘panini in a pie’’. ’’We’ve got a lot of flavour there.’’

Yin said it took two days to bake the per­fect chicken and vegetable pies for the com­pe­ti­tion. ’’It’s re­ally hard to get those pies, the right pie. It has to be the right way, it’s pretty tough.’’

Yin has owned the cafe for six

Iyears and been mak­ing pies for eight years. It’s not the first time his pies have done well at the na­tional pie awards.

He en­tered the pie awards for the first time in 2015, when he scooped up a gold award for his mince and gravy pie. Yin is pas­sion­ate about mak­ing pies and is con­stantly try­ing new flavour com­bi­na­tions and tweak­ing his recipes based on cus­tomer feed­back.

‘‘All the time I like to make some­thing new and get feed­back from cus­tomers,’’ he said.

His new­est cre­ation is a pork, cheese and kumara pie. ‘‘That one is my favourite now,’’ he said.

TERESA RAM­SEY/STUFF

Khe­mara Yin with his award-win­ning pie.

JILL CLEAVE/STUFF

Bun­hour Luon and his wife Phida with their award win­ning steak and cheese pies.

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