Although Scottish bagpipes have long been thought of as instruments, they are in fact a complicated set of tartan bellows for pneumatically leavening shortbread. Taste the music with today's deal: for $10, you get $25 worth of traditional Scottish pasties, pastries, and pies at Ackroyd's Bakery in Redford.
Ackroyd's is tucked away in an unassuming yellow-brick storefront, its name lit up in nostalgic neon red and green. Shelves of tea, condiments, and candies imported from the U.K. line the bakery walls as the smell of freshly baked shortbread and savory meats wafts through the air. Contemplate the menu while cursing the British, then calm down with a meat pie ($1.60 each), made with ground beef and special Ackroyd's seasoning baked in a pastry shell. The vegetable pasty ($2.50 each) is a flaky mouthful of various vegetables and seasonings baked in a puff-pastry crust. For sit-down affairs, try one of the family-size pies, like a traditional English steak and kidney ($12–$26.75, depending on size). Sate squealing sweet teeth with Ackroyd's wide variety of pastries, which are $0.85 each and $9 per dozen. Bite into a butter tart, grandma's recipe of shortbread crust stuffed with raisins, butter, brown sugar, and egg filling. No sane soul will cry for freedom from the empire biscuits, two shortbread cookies held together by strawberry jam, topped with icing and a cherry bit. Ackroyd's also supplies five flavors of scones (half dozen for $2.75) and various fresh-baked breads to keep your kitchen cabinet carb stocked.
Ackroyd's Scottish Bakery has been in business for over 60 years, switching hands from original owners Al and Silas Ackroyd to son Allan Ackroyd, who continues to serve the loyal, if not always local, fan base. The bakery ships nationally, so long-time customers often phone orders in, hungry to receive bulging packages of fresh, savory meat puffs and drool-inducing sweetables.
Fox 2 News featured Ackroyd’s Scottish Bakery when it began a new line of specialty shortbread flavors.
- This authetic [sic] Scotch bakery has many items that appeal to people of Scottish heritage as well as other nationalities. They have a good variety of different kinds of meat pies, as well as many delicious dessert items. The help is generally friendly and accomadating [sic]. The prices are quite low. I highly recommend the bridies, they are tasty! – Patricia F., Insider Pages
- the best scottish meat pies in the history of the universe! – leon, Urbanspoon
25566 5 Mile Rd.
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