Whether you’re serving it with a heap of good old mashed potato, a pile of veg, a stack of chips cooked in dripping, soaked with gravy or straight out of the dish, make sure you’re cooking up a pie storm this week.
Feeling inspired, we have sourced five of our favourite high street pie-making essentials to get you started.
The Crème de la crème of pie dishes, Le Creuset produces some of the top ‘must-haves’ for baking enthusiasts. This traditional round pie dish is perfect for baking your delicious savoury or sweet creations. What’s more it looks the part so you won’t be hesitant to serve at the table, straight from the dish. Built to last with a 5 year guarantee and comes in a range of fun colours and designs.
Le Creuset 22cm Stoneware Heritage Pie Dish in Marseille Blue, £22 from Amazon.
Contrary to Sing a Song of Sixpence, we’d probably rather not have a pie filled with 24 black birds. That said, no pie is complete without an artificial bird perched on top! It has a very functional purpose too of course, venting steam, helping to prevent a boil over from your tantalisingly juicy fillings and assisting with obtaining that lovely, crisp crust.
Blackbird Pie Funnel, £4 from John Lewis.
You made it and you’re jolly well proud. Perfect for hallmarking or personalising your pie, these mini cutters allow you to use up your left over pastry to add a loved one’s name or something more punchy to your crust like... PIE!
26 piece mini alphabet cutters, £18, from Debenhams.
We all know the importance of getting the measurements just right when making pastry. Invest in a pair of scales and you can’t go wrong! This digital beauty will not only brighten up your kitchen worksurface but is also small enough to hide away in kitchen cupboards where space is limited. Marvellous!
Terraillon Halo Bumper 6kg Glass Scale in Red, was £32.99, now £24.99, from Argos.
The book which reinvents the great British classics for a new generation of food lovers from the creators of Pieminister. A pie for all seasons and occasions to be precise – small, big, breakfast, fruity, family and just utterly amazing ones. From ‘Moo pie’ and smoked haddock and cider to rhubarb and custard and, not for the faint hearted, the Chocolate ‘hedonist’ pie! (Cue watering mouths.)
Pieminister – Pie for all Seasons by Tristan Hogg & Jon Simon, £14.99 from Waterstones.