national pie week

Celebrate British National Pie Week with St. Dalfour

March 4, 2021


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