the yeppoon pineapple pie competition
To help celebrate 50 years of the Lions Club of Yeppoon hosting the annual "Pinefest" Pineapple Festival we decided to do something big!
We created a pineapple savoury pie competition and opened it up to all cafes, bakeries, restaurants and eateries on the Capricorn Coast! We were in search of a winning pineapple pie to put Yeppoon on the map.
The rules were simple :
· The competition was open to businesses on the Capricorn Coast (no individuals)
· Recipes had to include local pineapple
· Businesses had to include the pie to their menu from October 1-13
· No tarts allowed
Each participating pie will be tried by a panel of local judges, and the winner would be announced on the Yeppoon main stage during Pinefest festivities.
The winning recipe would be featured on a new Tropical Pines pineapple label, promoting a great pie, made with fresh pineapple, from the famous town of Yeppoon.
By linking great food with local produce and tourism, We aimed to put Yeppoon and its amazing pineapple pie on the map for both locals and visitors.
12 eateries and restaurants across the Capricorn Coast signed up to be part of the competition and they were all quite determined to win. But there can only ever be one winner......
And Flour Cafe took out the title with their African inspired Tropical Bobotie Pie!
Come visit Yeppoon!
Yeppoon is the heart of the Capricorn Coast and the Southern Great Barrier Reef.
The largest link in this chain of coastal communities, Yeppoon is the holiday accommodation hub, service centre and cultural scene for the Capricorn Coast area.
Yeppoon is situated 38 kilometres north east of Rockhampton, and is the gateway to the Capricorn Coast and the wonders of the Southern Great Barrier Reef and Keppel Bay Islands.
Wander along the town's picturesque esplanade with its backdrop of offshore islands, sparkling azure sea and clear blue skies and soak up the relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.
The township has retained its village style appeal with a variety of wonderful restaurants, accommodation, shops and galleries. A charming esplanade with grassy knoll, palms and covered picnic and play areas form a backdrop to a vista of sea, sand, sky and islands. As well, annual events, including the Pineapple Festival held in September, enliven the town with gala activities, contests and displays. Local markets offer bargains aplenty.
Take a look through the many boutiques and surf stores and be sure to have a bite to eat at one of the beautiful cafes or restaurants in town.
Within walking distance of the town centre are Figtree and Ross Creeks, home to the Black and Little Red flying foxes. At sunset, thousands of these fascinating mammals rise spectacularly as one to head off to their feeding grounds – an awesome sight to see!
The Tropical Bobotie Pie Recipe
500g lean beef mince
2 medium onions, finely chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp mild curry powder
½ tsp of each: ground cardamom, chilli flakes and ground coriander
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp salt, cracked black pepper
Fry the onions in oil. Add curry powder, turmeric and spice mix, salt and pepper and fry another minute. Add the mince and fry until browned but not dry. Then add into the mix:
2 slices of white bread, soaked in milk to soften bread, then mashed
1 tbsp tomato paste
1 green apple peeled, cored and grated
2 tbsp sultanas
2 tbsp smooth apricot jam
Juice and zest of one lemon
1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed
Add all the ingredients into the mince mix.
1 large Yeppoon Pineapple
Peel, core and slice pineapple in circles and grill in butter until golden and caramalised. Cut half of the grilled pineapple into cubes and add the mince mix. Save the other half for decoration. Let the mix cool down.
Line pie dishes with store bought puff pastry. Fill with the mince mix.
Make a custard mix of:
200 ml milk
2 large eggs
Pour on top of mince, approx. 25ml in each pie.
Sprinkle flaked almonds and coconut on top of the custard and some crushed lemon leaves.
2 tbsp flaked almonds
Crushed lemon leaves
Bake in the oven for 30 minutes at 180 C.
Decorate with grilled pineapple.
Enjoy with Pineapple Mint salsa or Pineapple Chutney!!
Dreamt up through the enjoyment of many cakes and coffees around Mari's family kitchen table over the years; Flour is the product of passion, dreams and some encouragement from friends and family.
Upon arrival one is greeted with the sweet aroma of espresso and our famous cakes. Our oven to table approach is what the people of Yeppoon have come to love. All our cakes, pies and quiches are baked on the premises using only the best and freshest ingredients. Our menu is adapted seasonally with a few of the favourites sticking around year-round.
Consistency and attention to detail is the criteria we measure ourselves against. A friendly team and a wholesome hearty menu awaits your visit, welcome to Flour.