Drum roll people… it’s National pie week! Yes, the marvellous pastry-covered British staple is being celebrated in all its splendor with a whole week’s celebrations of its own. And, who knew, there’s a burgeoning pie industry out there with two British pie makers reigning supreme - Higgidy (pictured above left) whose diverse range of pies, quiches and tartlets include one of our favourite ranges, the Little Pies Range, and Pieminister (pictured right) who have recently produced a range of mouth-watering lighter pies which are 440 calories and under.
So how do you create this home-made charm in the kitchen? According to Camilla Stephens of Higgidy (above) it’s all about not being afraid and just having fun with your pies. She says, ‘Don’t worry if your pie doesn’t look perfect, a higgledy piggledy pie is all part of the home-made charm! The most tasty, well-loved pies are those with wobbly buttery pastry and oozy filling bubbling over the side of the dish.’ She says the secret is to use good quality ingredients. ‘When making a meat pie, don’t mix cuts of meat as they will all cook at a different pace and end up chewy or stringy.’ The Higgidy Cookbook by Camilla Stephens is published by Quercus at £16.99.
If you want a pie(ce) of the action, take heed from a growing band of Pie Bloggers (yes, they exist) who spend their time writing about pies. Here are three of the best >>
1. ART OF THE PIE
It is often said art is all around us and with blog Artofthepie this is definitely the case. Kate McDermott creates a delicious easy fruit pie recipe which can be made with gluten free pastry. Find the recipe here.
2. THE SUMMER OF PIE
Blogger Summer of Pie attempts to make an original pie every week and then show you how to make it too. We love her clever recipe, pictured above, for a frozen cupcake ice cream pie, no baking required.
3. NOT SO HUMBLE PIE
We love the name of this food blog Not So Humble Pie, and her classic recipe for Lemon Meringue Pie hits the spot. Click here for the recipe.