The first week in March sees National Pie Week in Britain and, whether sweet or savoury, hot or cold, who doesn’t love a pie?! We have some top tips and recipe ideas using St. Dalfour preserves that will make the week a special one.
Origins of National Pie Week
Did you know that the British National Pie Week has been running every March since 2007? According to research by the founders, 75% of people enjoy a pie at least once a month.
National Pie Week usually coincides with the British Pie Awards, celebrating the art and craft of pie making. Last year, saw 900 pies baked by over 160 professional bakers, butchers & chefs. This year, as a result of the COVID pandemic, the awards are being delayed until September. Plenty of time to get practicing!
When is a pie not a pie?
According to the Chairman of the British Pie Awards, a true pie has to have a filling fully encased in pastry. But that would exclude some of our favourites – shepherd’s pie, fish pie, lemon meringue pie. Good job we are not purists here!
Lockdown has given many of us more time to cook, become a bit more adventurous in the kitchen and try our hand at some new recipes. So, we have a few suggestions for you if you are attempting a pie.
Flavouring your pies with St. Dalfour
Made 100% from fruit with no artificial preservatives or colours and gluten free, St. Dalfour spreads are incredibly versatile. For your fruit-based pies, why not use St. Dalfour as an alternative to cane sugar – all the sweetness but with full fruit flavour.
- Try our recipe for a delicious apple pie that incorporates St. Dalfour’s tasty Apple and Cinnamon preserve.
- How about mini cherry pies using Dalfour Black Cherry preserve?
- Try our Strawberry & Rhubarb Lattice Pie recipe created especially for Pie Week using our newest flavour Strawberry & Rhubarb.
You may not associate savoury pies with fruit preserves, but we have a few suggestions that will make you think again!
- Try adding Dalfour Fig Royale to a cheese pie and see the difference it makes.
- A couple of spoons of Thick Apricot preserve work really well in a curried meat filling.
- For a truly decadent pie add Blackberry preserve to a venison pie.
Top tips for National Pie Week
- Keep it cold – Make sure both your ingredients and your hands are cold when making your pastry
- Don’t overwork it – The less you handle the pastry the better
- Simplify – For an easier life, buy ready rolled sheets of pastry!
- Always use St. Dalfour – make your pie filling extra special by adding one of your favourite St. Dalfour preserves