You don’t need to be a connoisseur to know there is a world of difference in making pork pies by hand versus mass production.
What is their role in making a Melton Mowbray pork pie?
Steeped in tradition, the dolly continues to play a vital role in the process. Made from wood, it provides a mold around which we form the outer case crust of hot water pastry.
The dolly creates an upright case into which we place the hand-chopped and seasoned free-range pork. Nothing supports a handmade pork pie during baking, unlike many of the mass-produced varieties.
We are passionate about using local suppliers in all areas of our bakery business and the dollies are no exception. They are hand-turned by Jay whose business, Turnstyle Woodturners, is not far from us in Melton Mowbray.
Each redwood dolly takes just under half an hour to make by hand. They are sealed with a food-safe sealant before they are enriched with a vegetable oil to enhance the colour of the wood. After each new delivery of dollies to the Bakery we hand brand each one on the top with the unique Brockleby’s Bakery mark.
You can make your own Melton Mowbray pork pie using the traditional dolly at one of our pork pie making workshops. You will learn more about the tradition whilst also practising making one yourself! Not only do you take your pie home but you’ll have an enjoyable time too learning to use the dolly!
Interested in having a go or looking for a gift? You can purchase our pie making workshops online. We look forward to sharing our experience in the traditional art of making a Melton Mowbray pork pie!