This week we celebrate one of Britain’s favourite culinary joys – the pie. British Pie Week runs from March 7-13 this year, making it the perfect time to show our appreciation for these pastry sweet or savoury tasty treats.
Every Brit loves a pie whether it be a steak pie fresh from the butchers, pork pie and mushy peas or apple pie and custard.
The British Pie Awards took place on March 9 in Melton Mowbray. The annual event, hosted by The Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Association, has become an institution for pastry-connoisseurs country-wide.
There were 20 awards in total ranging from the old classic, meat and potato, free-from pie, fish pie and even ‘a truly regal pie to celebrate the 90th birthday of Her Majesty the Queen’.
A new addition to the awards event this year is the Great British Festival of Pies which highlights the nation’s fondness for pies.
One pie we mustn’t forget is the mince pie. This beauty, filled with juicy mincemeat – a spicy preserve comprising a mixture of dried fruit, apple, suet and candied fruit and spices steeped in rum or brandy - only appears on our supermarket shelves at Christmas but it is certainly one of our favourites, especially when served with brandy cream or a glass of mulled wine!
If you’re feeling overly adventurous this year and want to celebrate Great British Pie Week in a different way, why not check out these weird and wonderful pie ideas from The Mirror that apparently taste better than they sound!