By SARAH SCULLY
STAWELL – Co-author of The Pie Buyers Guide to Australia, Tony Clancy believes the flaky pastry of Waack’s Bakery’s pies is among the best you will find.
Mr Clancy and his brother Paul rated Waack’s pies among the best in Australia while undertaking research for their book, which is a comprehensive guide offering readers advice on where to get a good meat pie.
The pair used a rating system to judge the pies, with the top level awarded five gold pies.
Waack’s Bakery was among the only eight per cent of bakeries to achieve the prestigious rating.
Mr Clancy said although the pies were rated, the book was about more than competition
“It’s something for people talk about,” Mr Clancy said.
Mr Clancy said meat pies were part of Australian
“I used to work for Elders as their communications officer and I dealt with a lot of people who were relocating to country towns,” he said.
“The first thing they would ask is if there was a good school. The second thing is if there is a good bakery.”
Mr Clancy said a town’s local bakery was an institution.
“They’re a warm and welcoming place and they were part of the Australian fabric long before McDonalds and Dominos Pizza moved in,” he said.
“I’m not bagging out those places, I’m just encouraging people to think of bakeries as an alternative for convenient food.”
Mr Clancy said bakeries had also kept up with the times, making products with higher quality ingredients and introducing a wide range of products.
“There’s more variety. It’s not all pies but you can get freshly made sandwiches and salads as well,” he said.
Mr Clancy took the opportunity to become reacquainted with Waack’s pies during a visit to the Stawell bakery.
Owner Chris Waack said it was great to be able to catch up with the author again.
“We’re absolutely thrilled to be named as one of the top
five pies in Australia,” Mr Waack said.
“It’s good to catch up with Tony and hear about his travels.”
Mr Waack said the book offered plenty of advice on where to get a good meat pie, along with a comprehensive account of the Australian lunchtime staple.
“It’s a great thing to have in the glove box or the caravan, especially if you’re travelling around Australia. You can compare the ratings and see what you think,” he said.
The Pie Buyer’s Guide to Australia is available for purchase at Waack’s Bakery for $29.95.