This is one of our favourite weeks, British Pie Week. The British Pie Awards were judged yesterday just up the road from us in Melton Mowbray, and there’ll be a chicken and mushroom version featuring soon on the menu here.
Are you all set for pie making? These would be my essentials.
Silicone mat for pastry rolling out
Ok, until I had one of these I never thought this was an essential. Now I have one, I wouldn’t give it up. It makes it easy in terms of not sticking, but also for rolling out to the right size. It doesn’t take up much space, can also be used for things like chocolate and tuiles, so I think it makes a good addition to any kitchen.
So, once you’ve made getting the right size of pastry sorted, then there’s also the thickness. I’ve often still worked with a pound coin at the side to check, but this clever rolling pin definitely takes a lot of the guesswork out of it. I love that Joseph Joseph continue to think about how to make things just that little bit easier.
There’s nothing like the sight of a fabulous, steaming pie heading to the table, and especially when there’s an interesting funnel in the middle of it. I’d like a set of these animal ones for different kinds of pie, so rooster for our immediate plans, but there are cows and lambs as well, not to mention apples and other fruit.
Who says that it has to be all about one big pie? Although that is never a bad thing, I really love this set of tins from Simple Simon for making a set of small raised pies. It’s a clever adaptable bit of kit in terms of size, and definitely useful for if everyone likes a different filling, or for making pies for a fabulous buffet spread.
I’ve always been in two minds about ceramic dishes. You certainly need to work a bit harder to avoid a soggy bottom. When you’ve got that cracked then there are so many beautiful dishes around. I really like this fluted stoneware one from Nom Living. A beautiful dish for a wonderful pie.
Five things to make at home pie making a little easier, or a little more stylish. Although if I don’t get round to making one, then maybe it’s time for another order from Bray’s Cottage. Still our favourite pork pie maker bar none.