And do you know what – from this experience we have learned how to ensure it gets an even better reception by the judges in 2016. Even more – buoyed up by this success we will be entering many more Pie categories including Vegetarian Pie, Fish Pie and Speciality Pie.
I can promise though that we will never ever enter the Pork Pie class. We do different pies and long live the difference.
We are so pleased our Chicken and Chorizo Pie won an award because it is our BEST selling pie. What made us even more astonished is that our pies are not like the British Pie. We don’t use pastry for the pie casing. We use a savoury Brioche-like bread dough. This must have freaked out the judges at the Pie Awards as it does look like pastry – check out the pic of of pie below – but in reality it has a much different texture to pastry and certainly a more enjoyable and distinctive flavour. It is this casing around the pie that makes it authentically Russian. And Leeza uses a recipe for this bread dough that is now over 150 years old – passed down through her family for generations !
Both Leeza and me are feeling “pietastic” at this moment. It is great feeling !