Years ago when I was a pre-teen my mum took me to a cafe in Coburg. I think the name was something like Brazillian Butterfly or Blue Butterfly. It’s sadly been so long that I no longer remember. However, within those walls I do remember reaching into a chest freezer, pulling out a beef and bacon pie and having the cafe heat it up and eating it. The pie was from the brand ‘Silly Yak’s’ and changed my gluten free world. Sadly the cafe closed or moved and we were no longer able to enjoy the Silly Yak products. Until my mum moved up to Bacchus Marsh where we found the products in Loot’s Cafe. Ever since I have seen the brand popping up in my local IGA and other areas for me to enjoy.
You never forget your first and thankfully this time it is for a good reason. If you don’t have a stockist near you but you are located in Victoria, you can always head down to the Silly Yaks Factory Outlet. Located at 2 Mercier Street in Coburg, they are open every weekday from 9 am til 3 pm. There you can purchase their product range froze to taken home and enjoy.
Recently I had a day off work and couldn’t think of a better way to spend it than heading down to Coburg to stock up on my favourite Silly Yaks products. The building is easy to pass by as it has no large signs. Enter through the door into the small reception area where you’ll find freezers ln the opposite wall. One freezer is the discount freezer. In here you’ll find products that didn’t make the quality cut. Don’t mind that though, they still taste amazing. The factory outlet accepts card as well as cash, making it easy for us to stock our freezers.
My large haul consisted of pies, party pies, quiche, sausage roll bites, bread rolls, garlic bread, apple pies, a cookie and dessert slices. Brody and I each had a caramel slice to start with. There isn’t too much to say about the caramel slice, the peppermint slice or the hedgehog slice either. They all taste beautiful, with creamy fillings when needed and a wonderful chocolate coating on top. None were sickly sweet although half of the hedgehog slice would probably be enough for me. I’d happily keep a handful of these in my freezer for sweet cravings. Additionally, you can pick up a range of muffins and cookies. The chocolate muffins are extremely moist and the hedgehog slice is divine.
While the desserts are good, my favourite thing about Silly Yaks products if their gluten free pastry. It should be, remember that pie I was talking about at the start? It just shows that they have been perfecting their recipe for years. With a wide range of flavours and products, it is hard to pick my favourites. In terms of the single serve pies, it is probably the beef and bacon. Their lamb and rosemary, beef and red wine and potato pies are pretty good too though.
I hadn’t had their party pies before and on the day I went in they had a special on a pack of curry pumpkin pies. These are delicious and I really need to purchase some more. There wasn’t a lot of heat but it was packed full of flavour and a gooey pumpkin centre. Brody really liked these as well but he was more impressed with the ‘topless egg pies’. That is his name for quiche. Silly yaks keep it simple for their quiche with a thin pastry exterior, that most importantly doesn’t fall apart when you pick it up surrounding a creamy eggy centre.
For those who prefer rolls to pies they also have full sized and bite-sized sausage rolls and on prior occasions I have really loved their spinach and ricotta roll. Typical of a sausage roll the filling is packed well but moist. Composed mostly of meat, the filling does have shredded vegetables hidden inside for extra nutrients.
If like me you served all of these bite-sized goodies on a gluten-free platter then the best way to finish it off is with bite-sized apple pies. Again these were on special in a large 10 pack and I hadn’t tried them before. I am glad I picked them up though. When baked through they have a beautiful jelly-like apple centre with a hint of spice. It is really addictive and just like the slices, not sickly sweet. The 10 pack really isn’t going to last that long.
All the products are really easy to cook with both oven and microwave instructions on the retail packaging. I find for a crispy and better to pick up pastry use the oven, the microwave works well for a quick lunch though. For their full range, you can check out the Silly Yaks website, but keep up to date with deals and their special products, definitely follow them on Facebook.
While I know there will be some people who like other brands more, these are by far my favourites. So thank you Silly Yaks for making my 10-year-old self-happy again and for continuing to make this Coeliac smile. Other brands will come but there will always be a special place in my heart for you.
For subscriber perks, recall notifications and more subscribe to The Aussie Coeliac Newsletter. Do you have a favourite moment tasting a gluten free product for the first time? Share it in the comments below.
Until Next Time;
Ashlee; The Aussie Coeliac.