A MUSHROOM ragout pie has been named Australia's inaugural best mushroom pie.
The bakery, owned and operated by brothers, Ryan and Chan Khun, is no stranger to top notch pastry treats.
The pair also won five of the 16 category titles in this year's Baking Association of Australia industry's highly sought-after national baking awards in Sydney last week.
They were winners of the plain mince beef, flavoured beef, vegetarian, and the apprentice beef pie categories, as well as receiving a host of silver medals.
The BAA competition attracted nearly 2000 entries from around the nation.
The winning mushroom pie was made with a medley of mushrooms including Swiss Brown, Portobello, King and mushroom cups; slow cooked in a mushroom stock to make a thick gravy, wrapped in perfectly cooked golden pastry.
AMGA relationship and general manager, Martine Poulain, said the new competition category was of great benefit to the mushroom industry.
"We wanted to encourage bakers to think outside the steak and mushroom pie box, and see fresh mushrooms being used as the hero ingredient. The bakers did not disappoint," she said.
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"We are seeing more and more Australians choosing a meat free or flexitarian diet, and bakers have a unique opportunity to cater for this customer by using fresh mushrooms.
"For anyone looking to reduce meat in their diets, Country Cob Bakery's mushroom ragout pie is proof that you don't have to give up pies all together, as meat-free mushroom pies truly are delicious."
Ryan Khun said he was pleased with this year's string of awards however this year's celebrations were a little different to previous years.
"Usually when we announce we have won awards, we have a queue of customers out the door, which is not possible with the lockdown," Mr Khun said.
"But we have two Country Cob Bakery locations, in Kyneton and Boronia, so if you live in Melbourne's CBD or in the local Kyneton area, we can deliver our award-winning pies to you.
"Just call the shop or visit our website to place your order."
In previous years the Khun bothers have won the top title of Australia's Best Pie in 2018, 2019 and 2020.
This year though, Australia's Best Pie Title went to Rolling Pin Pies and Cakes (Vic) for its surf and turf pie. The Best Pastie Title went to Sam Gees Bakery (NSW) for its traditional cornish pastie
BAA executive officer Tony Smith said the competition was more than just a delicious pie filling.
"Our expert judging panel evaluate the whole pie, from its appearance and structure, the pastry thickness, colour and mouthfeel and the pie filling is judged on taste and overall creativity," Mr Smith said.
"Country Cob Bakery's Mushroom Ragout pie was outstanding in all criteria."
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