Best Christmas mince pies in New Zealand

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Canterbury bakeries make the best Christmas mince pies, according to the results of a national competition to find who bakes the festive fare the best.

The top 10 mince pies (as judged by an expert panel) include four baked in Canterbury.

Overall winner was Rangiora Bakery, located about 30 minutes drive north of Christchurch, while three others in the top 10 also come from Christchurch.

To enter the Great New Zealand Christmas Mince Pie Competition, bakers made six of the same Christmas mince pies with a sweet pastry base, fruit mince filling and topping of the baker’s choice’ allowing each competitor to demonstrate their own creative and innovative flair.

Judges were Mat Keys from Farmers Mill, Steve Adams from Rustic Café (in Lincoln), Dave Bradley – Bakery Tutor from ARA Institute of Canterbury, with the chief judge being Kevin Gilbert (Gilbert’s Fine Food in Dunedin and BIANZ President).

Top choice

Rangiora Bakery

18 High St, Rangiora

Next best (not in order)

Copenhagen Bakery

409 Harewood Rd, Bishopdale, Christchurch

Divine Cakes

Four Christchurch locations (Westfield Shopping Centre, Northlands, The Palms and 160 Blenheim Rd)

Authentic Bakery

17 Crowhurst St, Newmarket, Auckland 

The Clareville Bakery

3340 SH 2, Carterton

Nada Bakery

64 Johnsonville Rd, Johnsonville, Wellington

4/72 Main Rd, Tawa, Wellington

Hastings New World

400 Heretaunga St E, Hastings

Coast To Coast Bakery

106 Commerce St, Kaitaia

Rolleston Bakery

11/70 Rolleston Dr, Rolleston, Christchurch

Ten O’clock Cookie Bakery & Cafe

180 Queen St, Masterton

Previous year’s winner

The Clareville Bakery

3340 SH 2, Carterton

Source: Baking Industry Association of NZ, 2016 Great Christmas Mince Pie Competition


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