Mowbray Fine Foods
Traditional English pork pies, pasties and cakes.
- CategoryMeat & Fish
- AddressMowbray Fine Foods, PO Box 444, Rangiora
- Phone03-669 0228
- Website mowbray.co.nz
- Mowbray Fine Foods English Pork Pies | Winner 2012
“If you’re English, pork pies are part of your heritage,” says Carole Barker. “They’re just always around.” After emigrating from England to New Zealand with her husband David in 2005, however, Carole discovered that pork pies weren’t quite so readily available down under. The former business development manager sampled a few disappointing versions before pulling out her old family recipe and baking the delicacies for family and friends in her spare time.
While New Zealanders used to hot, mince-filled pastry snacks might initially baulk at the savoury jelly and room-temperature serving point typical of the traditional English pork pie, one bite of a Carole-made version is enough to convert most people. The response was overwhelmingly positive and Carole took the pies full-time in June 2008.
Getting the flavour just right was critical. “We did lots of pork tasting in the early stages – roasting, frying, grilling, braising,” she recalls.
The winning meat – tender free-farmed pork from North Canterbury’s Cressy Farm – is mixed with a secret combination of herbs and spices, then encased in a traditional hot water pastry.
Carole now bakes five or six days a week, producing 400-700 pies depending on the time of year.
Our judging panel was wowed by the well-balanced savoury flavour, generous portions of chunky, tender pork and delicious ribbons of jelly. Carole advises that for the best taste, her pies should be enjoyed two to three days after they’re made. “That way the flavours have time to develop.”
<h4>Where to buy</h4>
<li>Moore Wilson Wellington: <a href="http://www.moorewilson.co.nz" title="www.moorewilson.co.nz" target="_blank">www.moorewilson.co.nz</a> </li>
<li>Farro Fresh (3 Auckland outlets): <a href="http://www.farrofresh.co.nz" title="www.farrofresh.co.nz" target="_blank">www.farrofresh.co.nz</a></li>
<li>Ballantynes Christchurch: <a href="http://www.ballantynes.com" title="www.ballantynes.com" target="_blank">www.ballantynes.com</a></li>
<li>New World Rangiora: <a href="http://www.newworld.co.nz/rangiora" title="www.newworld.co.nz/rangiora" target="_blank">www.newworld.co.nz/rangiora</a></li>