Next week is apparently British Pie Week, and it’s definitely something we are brilliant at here in the UK. Certainly it’s a very popular dish in this household, with chicken pie being up there in MGG’s top 3 dinners. I am not suggesting that you need 5 books just about pies, but one might not go amiss on your shelves, to move you beyond the usual suspects. Here’s 5 that might do that:
Pie by Angela Boggiano – does what it says on the tin! This covers everything from the basics to the real homemade favourites through to sweet pies and suitable extras. I really like the photography in this, and the recipes are pretty tasty sounding too.
The Hairy Bikers’ Perfect Pies – this is on the bookshelf here, and I really should cook from this. Before they got onto dieting then Dave and Si were big on pies, and this has some different things like plate pies (which reminds me of my grandma), potato topped pies and even party pies. I’m betting there’s a retro gala pie in there somewhere!
Pie Society by Tom Bridge – the subtitle on this is traditional savoury pies, pasties and puddings from around the British Isles. I guess that means no matter where you spent your childhood you might find a local pie that brings back some memories. This also covers the history of pies, just in case you needed to know.
The Lost Art of Pie Making Made Easy – this is a bit of a cheat, as this is an American book and focuses on their pie traditions, but we all need a little variety. There are fruit pies, custard pies, nut pies and even Pennsylvania Dutch pies. I’d find this fascinating, and could definitely make room for this.
Pie Pops – I’m not sure how I feel about this as the whole cake pops thing has passed me by and I’ve never made one. Of course a pie pop surely has a grand tradition started by Mr Kipling. And then there’s always the mini pork pie. If you want a move on from cake pops, then this may be just the thing.
Given that the weather is still very wintry, then making a pie or two has to be a great thing to do, and to eat. I can see a few being consumed here next week. What would you choose? I’m thinking of going a bit retro and making corned beef pie.