high altitude pastry

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Tip Top pastry is the flakiest pastry in the West, crafted with real ingredients, free of chemicals and preservatives, made with just 4 ingredients: flour + butter + water + salt. Our pastry is a combination of shortcrust and puff pastry, better know as rough puff pastry.

Classically trained chef and co-founder Christine developed this ultra-flaky, yet super stable recipe made in Colorado at high altitude, in the West, for the West, so it doesn’t loose its rise like pastry made at sea level. Chef Christine trained and received a Grand Diploma in Pastry Arts at the French Culinary Institute in New York City and honed her culinary skills in Europe; cooking herself through France, Germany and England.

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So, what's this "savory pie culture" all about, anyway?

For those of you have been taught that pie is some combination of fruit and pastry with the occasional pot pie or shepherd’s pie, we respectfully want to let you know that you’ve been missing out. Don’t fret — now that you know, you can remedy it –and we’re here to help.

Savory pies don’t automatically mean “meat” — but all the same, the first meat pie is found in the Neolithic Period, around 9500 BC. The ancient Egyptians were noshing on pies made from oat, wheat, rye, and barley, filled with honey and baked over hot coals — and the Greeks used a flour/water paste that resembled pie pastry, and filled it with meat. The Romans took a cue from the Greeks, using a variety of meats, oysters, mussels, and fish as filling. (Oddly enough, the pastry cover of the Greeks pies was meant to be a cover only — and was thrown away, not eaten!)

Savory pies have been part of New Zealand’s food history since early British settlement. They’re so iconic that they’re just…part of a Kiwi’s typical diet, and they’re very wrapped up in the identities of Kiwis in living in New Zealand and abroad (we see this so much in Colorado — we knew plenty of Kiwis lived in Colorado, but didn’t know exactly how many until we opened the shop!) Savory pies are found just about anywhere food is served in New Zealand — bakeries, cafes, supermarkets, dairies (what Kiwis call convenience stores), and gas stations.

Pies make sense — they’re a meal that fit in the palm of your hand, which makes them the perfect food for any adventure, or wherever your day takes you. We’re committed to bringing savory pie culture to Colorado and beyond. After all, those Kiwis are pretty smart.

Where can I find Tip Top's pies?

Tip Top’s official storefront is located in Boulder County at 105 North Public Road in Lafayette, Colorado.



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