We Brits are famously passionate about pies.
March kicked off with British Pie Week, so why not make this the month you join the pastry party?
During last year’s Pie Week, an Uber Eats survey lifted the lid on some of our favourite pie fillings, with creamy chicken and mushroom pie topping the list of savoury crowd-pleasers. And when it came to sweet treats, apple pie pipped all the others to the top spot.
Here’s the full list – is your favourite on it?
Chicken and mushroom
Steak and kidney
Beef and onion
Why not celebrate by making your own pies this week? Here’s a recipe for apple pie to start you off.
175g plain flour
80g butter, cubed
675g Bramley apples
75 golden caster sugar
1 tablespoon demerara sugar
Pinch of cinnamon
Zest of half a large orange (optional)
1 egg beaten
Heat oven to 180C, 200F, gas 6.
Make the pastry by sifting the flour into a large bowl and adding the butter. Rub together with your fingers until the mix feels like sand.
Add cold water a tbsp at a time until the mixture comes together in a ball. Wrap in cling film and chill for 30 minutes.
Peel, core and slice the apples then place in a saucepan. Sprinkle over the caster sugar, add the cinnamon, mixed spice, and orange zest if using, and soften gently – don’t let the apples turn to mush.
Put the softened apples into your pie dish. Roll the pastry onto a floured work surface and use the rolling pin to lift the pastry and lay it over the top of the apples. Trim off the excess pastry, press the edges onto the dish to create a seal.
Make a small cut with a knife in the centre of the pastry lid, brush all over with beaten egg and sprinkle with demerara sugar.
Bake for around 30 – 40 minutes until the pastry is golden.
Serve with cream, ice cream or custard.