Months ago I saw a super drool inducing post on Not Quite Nigella about a little place called The Pie Tin. I was most excited to see a ray of hope shining on somewhere that was supplying Sydney with American home-style sweet pies and an array of savoury pies filled with exotic flavours.
I’d been looking for an excuse or an occasion when we could detour and have a sneaky pie at this glorious venue. One night in late April we were in the vicinity seeing the hilarious Stephen K Amos at the Enmore and the darling Miss. B had her brightest idea ever and we were off on a pie feasting adventure.
Pies are awesome. Fact.
So it has always been quite disappointing that we don’t have the same amount of celebration and love for them in this country as I know they do in America. Any corner diner has a plethora of massive sweety pies to stuff you face with, and while Australia represents the savoury pie better than anywhere else, it was nice to see at least one small corner shop dedicated to sweet, luxurious pies.
I’m not saying you can’t find a good slice of sweet pie anywhere, apple pie and pecan pie are certainly around and are very popular, but it’s definitely not as common as finding a good old Dog’s eye with a bit of dead horse (way to go whoever thought up that rhyming slang ).
So I hadn’t had dinner, but it was no surprise to the rest of the gang that I was just going to dive straight into the dessert selection of pies. It was a tough choice, they had plenty of awesome looking pies to choose from, but one had definitely caught my attention when I was perusing NQN’s post, the Coconut Cream pie. Oh sweet lord, yes, it looked amazing and I’m a keen fan of coconut, so when I saw that delectable pie, the decision was made.
This pie was sooo yummy, a nice short crust with PLENTY of filling. I wasn’t sure of exactly what would be inside the pie, so it was a very enjoyable surprise when it had a silky, thick filling of vanilla-y custard and a rather substantial quantity of dense, whipped cream type stuff, not exactly sure of what it was as it was fluffy like cream, but a little like marshmallow too. Just the right amount of coconut flavour through it, nothing artificial tasting, all natural coconuty goodness. It had some lovely crunchy shards of toasted coconut on top for some added texture and came with a pot of double cream. I know, I know, you’d hardly need added cream with the pie, but there was no harm in sampling a little, purely for investigative purposes of course. A slice of sweet pie goes for between $6.50 and $7.50. Such a fab price for a massive serving that tastes super good.
My lovely Mr. M sampled the savoury side of things with a slow roasted shredded Pork with apple and BBQ sauce pie. For $5.80 – $6.80 you can get a range of different, unusual and delicious pies on their own, for $10- $11 you can get a pie with hot chippies or for between $11 -$12 you can get any pie with a choice of 2 sides or salads. Mr. M got his with 2 sides of coleslaw and mashed potato. Of course, he shared some of his dinner with me cause he’s such a gentleman…and knows very well by now that that’s just how we roll
The pastry was crispy and light with plenty of melt in the mouth pork. I can’t recall tasting too much of the apple, but there was a sweetness that was probably the BBQ sauce and apple blending together. The mash was nice, but personally I could’ve used a bit more seasoning and again, with the coleslaw I needed a little salt and would’ve liked a bit more creamy dressing. That might have just been me though! Definitely an enjoyable feed though, without a doubt.
Now, don’t judge me, well I suppose if you’re spending your time reading and dreaming about food then I’m sure there’ll be no judgement, only understanding anyway! Before we left, we felt like we wouldn’t be going back drastically soon, so we should probably take a couple of treats home with us to try.
We lined up to get our little take away slices of pie, to save for the next day. I actually had my eye on the American-style pumpkin pie as I’m a big fan of sweet potato and pumpkin being used in sweet items. However, as my bad luck would have it, the woman in front of me bought up all 3 of the last pieces of pumpkin pie so I had to make another selection. The pecan pie was my back up and it was just lovely. Yummy short crust, sweet brown sugar and buttery filling and laden with pecans, throughout the filling and to top it off.
Twix bars are a favourite of mine, always have been, so I was glad when Mr. M chose the Twix Pie. A somewhat cheesecake filling with Twix pieces mixed through and adorning the top of the pie. A few streaks of caramel and chocolate sauce lashed atop too. The base was crushed chocolate biscuits which had a really nice taste and texture, not too sweet so it let the filling speak.
We were very happy campers and hope to go back soon, although not too soon because that would not make good sense for our waistlines. Too many temptations to try and resist!