ALMOST a century after Augie Sauer's pies shot to fame on the Fraser Coast, the iconic pastry has been put under the national spotlight with the publication of a new book.
Described as "an essential" for pie lovers, The Pie Buyers Guide to Australia features reviews of the best of more than 400 pies sampled by the authors on a trip around the country to find what makes a decent pie.
Authors Tony and Paul Clancy awarded the Sauer's pie five out of five.
Ms Sauer, who has worked in the family business since she was 16, was thrilled her grandfather's recipe had rated so highly.
"They did not say anything to us when they came in," Ms Sauer said.
"We only found out about it afterwards when they sent us a copy of the book."
She opened Gail Sauer's Bakery Cafe on Lennox St six years ago, a few years after the original bakery was sold outside the family.
The authors dedicated a full page to the Sauer's pie and noted the busy bakery was "buzzing" when they visited.
"A couple of teenagers enjoying a meal of pies explained that their parents and grandparents always swore you could rely on a Sauer's pie."
Augie a crust above the rest
AUGIE Sauer, born in 1901, started in the bakery business in 1919.
In the early years he made deliveries on foot and then by horse and cart.
In his later years, Augie passed the business to his grandchildren.
Always the businessman, just before he died in 1975 Augie told his sons he wanted to be buried between 1.30pm and 2.30pm so they could have the tuckshop deliveries done and the funeral and wake over before they started the evening runs.
The business changed hands again about 10 years ago - the famous pie recipe sold with it - and the new owner eventually parted with the business but not the building.