Put that Four’n Twenty back in the warming cabinet. The best pie in Australia has been crowned, and it’s only an hour’s drive from Melbourne.
On June 6, Kyneton’s Country Cob Bakery took home the prize for Australia’s Best Pie, awarded by the Baking Association of Australia. After a weekend of judging, 12 professional bakers declared brothers Ryan and Chan Khun’s caramelised-pork and pepper pie the winner, beating over 1700 pies from 338 other bakeries in the country.
The siblings developed the recipe over three months of research – trialling, tasting, and re-trialling until they were happy. The pork is slow-cooked for over three hours, with a generous amount of cracked black pepper giving it a kick. Then the mix is encased in a pie crust and baked until the outside is crisp and flaky.
“The slow cooking brings lots of aroma and tenderness to the pork; it gives it a beautiful flavour,” Ryan says.
Born and raised in Cambodia, the brothers say their pie is a taste of home with an Aussie twist. “Everyone back home loves this, pork with a caramelised taste,” Ryan says. “We thought it would be great if we can transform it into a pie filling, and make it like the Australian classic.”
The pork-and-pepper number also took home the Best Gourmet Pie award, and the Khuns’ curry-scallop pie won Best Seafood Pie. Last year, the pair were awarded top prize for their seafood-satay pie.
Since the win, the duo says Country Cob Bakery has been slammed. “We’ve been working 10 or even 12 hours [a day] now to meet the demand, but it’s been great,” Ryan says. “Everyone just wants to come and try the winning pies.”
If you’re planning a trip to the bakery, check out Broadsheet’s Out of Town guide to Kyneton.
Country Cob Bakery
130–132 Mollison Street, Kyneton
03 5422 1801
Mon to Fri 6am–4.30pm
Sat & Sun 6am–3pm