Frequently Asked Questions
What is a hand pie?
A hand pie is a portable pie (roughly the size of your hand). Each hand pie is an individual serving size. At the moment, our hand pies are sold frozen with baking instructions. We also have a booth at the Thunder Bay Country Market (which is temporarily closed due to COVID-19) where we bake our hand pies fresh on-site.
We offer both sweet and savoury hand pie options. Savoury hand pies are a quick and easy meal option and are perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner! Our sweet hand pies are an excellent dessert option.
I lost the baking instructions! Help!
To bake hand pies:
Keep pies frozen until ready to bake. Preheat oven or toaster oven to 400 degrees C. Bake hand pies on a parchment-lined baking tray for approximately 20-25 mins or until golden brown all over. Every oven is different- you may need to rotate your baking tray during baking or use the upper rack in your oven for best results. Remember that most pies will ooze a bit during baking.
Sausage rolls are made using raw ground pork and should be cooked at 400 degrees C until they are golden brown and have an internal temperature of 74C (usually about 20-25 minutes)
Are pie.ology pies available anywhere else in the city?
We are currently offering our pies via a weekly pre-order menu which is posted on Monday. Orders are closed when we reach capacity. You can also find a selection of our frozen hand pies for sale on the Thunder Bay Country Market's website.
How can I subscribe to the pie.ology newsletter?
You can subscribe to the newsletter by scrolling down to the bottom of the page on this website and enter your email address where you see "Newsletter"-- information about upcoming pies, seasonal pie orderings and updates are sent through this forum approximately every second month.
Pie Ingredients Lists
All of our hand pies are made with an all butter pastry and contain wheat flour. All of our pastry is brushed with an egg wash to give it a golden brown glow when baked!
Regarding nuts - pie.ology operates a nut-free kitchen. However, we cannot guarantee that all the products we use in our pies come from peanut or tree nut-free facilities.
For a complete list of the ingredients in each of our hand pies, please contact us directly.
What types of hand pies do you make?
We make both sweet and savoury hand pies!
Sweet hand pies are seasonal in nature as we primarily try to use fruit from the local area, such as foraged wild blueberries, apples, backyard rhubarb, urban pears and raspberries. They are delicious served warm alongside a big scoop of vanilla ice cream!
Savoury hand pies are also seasonal, however some hand pies are demanded year round, such as our breakfast pies (the Big Breakfast, the East End Breakfast and the Classic Breakfast), the Ham + Swiss, the Ploughman's Pie, Cheeseburger Pie and our Sausage Rolls!
How can I order pie.ology pies?
Please see the "Pies" page
Sometimes when I come to the Thunder Bay Country Market, you are sold out. What can I do to avoid disappointment?
Pre-ordering is always recommended. We always have a selection of pies for sale on a first come, first served basis as well, but it is best to come early.
Can I pre-order baked hand pies and pick them up at the Thunder Bay Country Market? Or do all pre-orders come frozen?
When you pre-order, your pies will come to you frozen so that you are able to bake them fresh for when you need them. At this time we do not accept orders for pre-baked pies at the Thunder Bay Country Market.
Do you make gluten free, vegan, and vegetarian pies?
We are currently looking to expand our pie offerings to include all of the above categories! We just introduced a Mushroom & Swiss pie, for example, which is a vegetarian alternative to our very popular Ham & Swiss. We will also be experimenting with gluten free and vegan options. Check back often for updates!
I would like to order a whole pie for a birthday gathering. Can I order this from you?
At this time we do not make whole fruit pies for special events. However, depending on the nature of your gathering we may be able to accommodate you with seasonal fruit hand pies that could be served alongside ice cream/whipped cream. One per person is recommended.
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