Pie tradition still strong

Sarah Hawes, at Hardie's Bakery on Huntriss Row, with mince pies. Picture by Andrew Higgins 115120a
Sarah Hawes, at Hardie's Bakery on Huntriss Row, with mince pies. Picture by Andrew Higgins 115120a
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MINCE pies are again top of list as Scarborough shoppers treat themselves to a festive nibble.

The traditional sweet treat has been selling well at bakeries across Scarborough, with people tucking into a mince pie while taking a break from shopping, or buying a boxful to enjoy at home.

Ian Hardie, of Hardies bakery, said that mince pies are still as popular as ever.

He said: “We do traditional mince pies and brandy butter ones too, which have proved very popular.

“I think people like to treat themselves to that extra bit of luxury at Christmas.”

Ranges of mince pies have been doing well at all Scarborough’s bakeries, which include Cooplands, Thomas the Baker and the newly opened Greggs store in the Brunswick Centre.

Staff at Thomas’s headquarters have been busy this week making 100,000 pies to roll out to their 35 shops across the region.

The ingredients included 2,500 eggs locally sourced from Scarborough.

A spokesman from Greggs said the store was delighted that their mince pies had been named “Bakery Best” following a taste test in Woman magazine.

The mince pies also clinched the top spot in the Woman’s Weekly Christmas food taste test, with their “melt-in-the-mouth pastry and tasty mincemeat” and “home-made look and taste”.

Greggs said: “We’re delighted to have received the fantastic accolades from these established magazines, it’s a superb achievement.

“Our bakers work hard every year to achieve great tasting festive treats and it seems our efforts have been rewarded.”

Up to Victorian times, mince pies were made up of spiced meat and dried fruit.