The Life Of Pie (and Competition!)

It's British Pie Week in the UK, pie weekso at Dexam we're encouraging everyone to go and experiment on their best effort. After all, there's nothing quite like a pie to show off your basic skills, and nothing quite like a pie to keep the chilly March winds off you.

Pies have been around since Egyptian times, even further back, perhaps. It is thought that the initial meat pies were really just vehicles for carrying the filling, rather than being able to eat the whole thing.

Merry England was full of them, as far back as the 12th century. Mostly they were used for meat, including partridge and peacock (sometimes four and twenty blackbirds!), they didn't start holding fruit until the days of Elizabeth I.

We remain fascinated by the fact that blackbirds became the inspiration for bird shaped pie lakeland blackbird piefunnels (and we are still selling them in 2016!), and are famously included in the well known nursery rhyme "Sing a Song of Sixpence", even though their primary function was to help release steam from inside the pie.

(Photo : Courtesy of Lakeland)

Competition time!

We're going to give away £25 worth of lovely products to help create the perfect pie to the first 3 people who tell us the correct answers to the following two questions :

  1. Which Cornish village does Stargazy pie come from?
  2. What fish does a Stargazy pie contain?

 

Please email caroline.holford@dexam.co.uk with your answers!

The competition will close at midnight on Friday 11th March 2016.  WInners will be notified by email.

Good Luck and Happy Baking!