Pie lovers rejoice, it’s British Pie Week!
This annual celebration takes place every year in the first full week of March and celebrates one of the UK’s most beloved dishes.
The origins of the pie date back to ancient times when meat and other ingredients were wrapped in pastry and baked to preserve them.Over time, the pie became a staple of British cuisine and took on many different forms, from savoury meat pies to sweet fruit pies.
During British Pie Week, foodies across the country come together to celebrate this delicious dish. From humble home cooks to Michelin-starred chefs, everyone gets in on the action, creating unique and tasty pies that showcase the best of British ingredients.
One of the great things about pies is their versatility. You can fill them with anything you like, making them perfect for any occasion. Whether you prefer a classic steak and ale pie, a vegetarian pie filled with mushrooms and spinach, or a sweet apple pie with a crumbly pastry topping, there’s a pie for everyone.
British Pie Week is a great opportunity to try out new recipes and experiment with different fillings and pastry crusts. If you’re feeling adventurous, why not try making a traditional Cornish pasty or a hearty pork pie? Or if you’re looking for something a little sweeter, why not whip up a classic banoffee pie or a decadent chocolate tart?
Of course, no celebration of British pies would be complete without mentioning some of the country’s most famous pies. The steak and kidney pie is a classic British dish, typically made with slow-cooked beef and kidneys in a rich gravy, all wrapped up in buttery pastry. Another popular pie is the chicken and mushroom pie, which features tender chunks of chicken and earthy mushrooms in a creamy sauce, all encased in flaky pastry.
Let's not forget the growing vegan choices out there - Vegan pies are delicious pastry treats made without any animal products or by-products such as butter, milk, eggs, or meat. They are a great alternative for individuals who follow a vegan lifestyle or have dietary restrictions. Vegan pies can be filled with a variety of ingredients, such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, and grains. They can be sweet or savoury, depending on the filling. Some popular vegan pie flavours include apple, pumpkin, pecan, and shepherd's pie. With the right recipe and ingredients, vegan pies can be just as tasty and satisfying as their traditional counterparts.
Whether you’re a lifelong fan of pies or a newcomer to this classic British dish, British Pie Week is the perfect time to celebrate all things pastry. So why not get involved and join the pie-loving community? Who knows, you might just discover your new favourite flavour combination!