national pie week

Celebrate British National Pie Week with St. Dalfour

March 4, 2021

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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.

You may not associate savoury pies with fruit preserves, but we have a few suggestions that will make you think again!

Top tips for National Pie Week

  1. Keep it cold – Make sure both your ingredients and your hands are cold when making your pastry
  2. Don’t overwork it – The less you handle the pastry the better
  3. Simplify – For an easier life, buy ready rolled sheets of pastry!
  4. Always use St. Dalfour – make your pie filling extra special by adding one of your favourite St. Dalfour preserves