Brad Steele will be stuck in the kitchen this winter, with pie sales through the roof with the onset of the colder months.
Brad Steele will be stuck in the kitchen this winter, with pie sales through the roof with the onset of the colder months. Kerri Burns-Taylor

Heat's on bakers as winter sets in

GAIL Steele reckons any baker who can't sell pies in winter should hang up their apron for good.

As winter makes its presence felt across the Rose City, hungry Warwickites are rushing to her popular bakery for a toasty reprieve.

Mrs Steele said pie sales skyrocketed during the winter months by about 40%.

"In winter we usually do a lot more of the heartier pies and at the moment everyone wants 'the man's pie'," Mrs Steele said.

With its 100% beef filling, the man's pie is proving popular not only with the males walking through the door, but also the ladies.

Mrs Steele said she concocted the recipe after speaking to a customer.

"Someone said to me one day, 'why do you have vegies in all of your pies? Vegies don't belong in pies'," she said.

The inventive baker has also created her own spaghetti bolognaise and lamb and vegetable pie recipes.

Although her creative recipes are flying off the shelves, Mrs Steele said the real secret to her great pies was her husband Brad's impeccable pastry.



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