Post in collaboration with British Gas
A roundup of 10 Perfectly Peculiar Pie Recipes for British Pie Week, the nations Smartest Pie from GBBO's John Whaite and top energy saving cooking tips from British Gas.
6th to 12th March 2017 is British Pie Week. Time to say aye tae a pie! Although if truth be told I'd say aye pretty much any day of any week and pretty much any time of day. But what actually makes a pie a pie? This is a conundrum I encountered as soon as I started to write this post. Does a pastry lid count as a pie? Is a pastry lid enough, or does the filling need to be encased? What about potato topped pies. Is Shepherds Pie actually a pie?! Then it all starts to get a bit blurry around the edges and we veer into quiche and tart territory. Whatever the definition, it's clear to see that in Britain we simply can't get enough of pies whether they be at the football with Bovril or homemade Steak and Kidney.
To celebrate British Pie Week, Great British Bake Off champion John Whaite has created the nation’s ‘Smartest Pie’. This masterpiece celebrates the UK's official top five favourite fillings and is baked using energy efficient tips, teaming up with British Gas to inspire households to renew their knowledge of home economics and be smarter with energy use in the kitchen. I'm guessing that they didn't ask many Scots about their favourite pie filling as alas there is no macaroni cheese and instead the favourite pie flavours are Steak, Vegetable, Chicken, Pork and Apple. Take a look at the video below to see his one off culinary delight cooked using energy-saving techniques.
Many more years ago than I would care to remember I studied Home Economics at school, although my particular course was called Food & Nutrition. I even got an A for my Higher! It would seem that the UK as a whole could be doing with a refresher on basic Home Economy skills as 58% admit to burning their bakes. Seems that Smart Home Economics is still important to avoid ruined pies and unexpected energy bills.
Top Tips for Smart Pies from British Gas
- Keep the oven door closed while baking. As tempting as it is to take a peek at your pie, opening the oven door causes the heat to drop and use extra energy to get back up to temperature.
- Turn the oven off 5-10 minutes before the pie is done. It will retain plenty of heat during this time and will continue to cook your pie to perfection.
- Keep the oven clean. Grease and little pieces of burnt food in the oven can absorb the heat and make the oven less efficient. Keeping the glass clear also gives you a sneak peek while baking.
- Bake in batches. Cooking a number of pies to cater to different family favourites? Try cooking them all in one go – an already heated oven will use less.
Without further ado it's time for the round up of those 10 perfectly peculiar pies that I promised you at the start of the post. The pies below break the rules as to what a pie should be. But rules are made to be broken and if that includes bacon lattice topping, potato pie crust, leftovers, pies in Yorkshire puddings and kale and lemon pastry then I'm all for it! Who ate all the pies? Yup that would be me!
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Disclosure: This is a commissioned post for British Gas. As always, all views expressed are my own.
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