What savoury bake is neither pie nor pasty?
- Sarah Milne
- 29 June 2017
The town's two bakers, Saddlers and McLarens, sort fact from the guesses on the Forfar bridie
Some things about a Forfar bridie are firm fact. Others are not. Real Forfar bridies, as sold by the town's two bakers, Saddler's and McLaren's, are made using shortcrust pastry (not flaky), with a filling of steak mince, secret seasonings and sometimes onions.
As a helpful guide, bridies with one hole on top have onions, but two-holed bridies are onion-free. Both bakers have been involved in a recent application for protected food name status from the EU.
However, things get a little murkier when you delve into the origins. One interpretation suggests the bridie was invented in the 1800s as part of a wedding meal (for the bride), with the iconic horseshoe shape signifying luck for married life ahead.
The alternative says it was the original speciality of a baker called Margaret Bridie of Glamis, who sold them at market in Forfar to farm workers, the sturdy pastry casing keeping the filling from dirty hands.
Rivalries are put aside, however, at Station Park, home of local football team Forfar Athletic. The current club mascot is Baxter the Bridie (baxter being an old Scots word for baker), and the hot snacks are, of course, served up to spectators at half-time.