Schoolgirls land meaty pie prize

Emily Marshall, left, R Martin co-owner Geoff Rice, centre, and Rachel McCullough, right, with the competition winning pies.
Emily Marshall, left, R Martin co-owner Geoff Rice, centre, and Rachel McCullough, right, with the competition winning pies.
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TWO Morpeth schoolgirls are budding Delia Smiths on the evidence of their competition-winning meaty treat.

And the triumphant entry from Emily Marshall and Rachel McCullough can be tasted by the public as it is on sale at a town butchers.

Pupils in year 8 at Chantry Middle School & Technology College were asked to make pies to be judged by staff at R Martin in Newgate Street, in a competition organised by teacher Helen Moran.

After trying steak and potato and mince flavours, the duo decided to go with a recipe that included bacon, chicken, sage and onion stuffing and cranberry sauce all within a tasty pastry.

Rachel said: “It took a few goes to make sure we did not put too little or too much filling in the pie and it was tricky to get the right thickness for the pastry, but we got that sorted and we were pleased with what we entered for the competition.

“It was fantastic to win and a nice surprise to find out that it will be on sale in the shop.”

Emily added: “We asked local butchers what the best selling pies were to help us decide what to put in it and we also wanted to make something that would keep people warm on a cold day.

“I’ll definitely be making a few for the family during the Christmas holidays.”

Geoff Rice, who co-owns R Martin with Lee Belisle, said: “A great pie needs to be really tasty and easy to make and the girls have managed to achieve this.”