The original plan was to grab a pasty from Jennie’s Pierogies, but they don’t make it clear online that their pasties are shipped from Heritage Bakery in Livonia. And that’s where we begin.
Most bakeries have the same kind of pasties. The crust is usually the best part and overtakes everything else because that’s what bakeries specialize in. That’s not a criticism, it’s a fact. But compared to other bakeries, Heritage is a small step above the rest. While the crust is good, the insides are on par with what you want out of a pasty.
The Heritage Bakery pasty up for review is a frozen one that I thawed and heated in the oven (per directions). It’s probably the biggest pasty I’ve ever had, legitimately half the size of a pie tin and maybe a 50/50 ratio of meat to potatoes, which is unheard of. Mine wasn’t mixed great as the meat was clumped throughout and there were pockets of nothing on the inside, but it’s not like the entire thing needs to be filled.
The crust tastes almost like a thick piecrust. And that’s kind of what it is with a decent amount of flake, but also plenty of thickness with an almost buttery taste.
However, the thing that stands out to me is the meat, which has an unfamiliar taste for a pasty. It has something else and I didn’t know what it was until looking at the ingredients to find Accent, a form of MSG. It tastes good, but it’s also different and maybe not the right seasoning for a pasty.
I also had a full stomach the rest of the day after eating a little after noon.
That can be due to the MSG or size of the pasty. You decide.
This is a huge pasty that’s extremely filling. It has loads of meat and also includes flour in the filling, which adds even more to it. The taste is good and different and worth a try if you’re in the Detroit area. As a warning, it’s best to eat half a pasty at a time.
Disclaimer: This pasty was bought frozen at Jennie’s Pierogies in Warren.
Taste: 3.5 (out of 5)
Crust: 4 (out of 5)
Pasty Presentation: 2.5 (out of 5)
The Shop: 3 (out of 3) This is a placeholder until I visit Heritage.
Would I come back for Pasties?: 0 (out of 2)
Total Pasty Ranking: 13 (of 20 points)
(Reviewed Spring 2018)