Britain’s passion for pies

The pie has become a staple of the British menu. There aren’t many British establishments you can visit that don’t feature a pie of some description on their menu. So what makes this baked dish an undeniable classic and household favourite?

The nation’s love affair with the pie began many moons ago. Pie-like dishes can be traced back to the ancient Egyptians, but the pie we know and love today has its roots in Northern Europe. Cold weather conditions meant that fat and lard were regularly used to cook with, compared to the lighter olive oil that was scarce at the time. These solid fats created a pastry that could easily be rolled and moulded, in addition to a sturdy crust ideal for storing and carrying.

With British Pie Week just around the corner, it is clear that the pie has come a long way from its humble beginnings as a basic, meat dish. Here at Destiny Foods, Tom’s Pies cater to a wide range of taste buds. The traditional Steak and Ale Pie, with tender cuts of beef soaked in a malty ale, rivals the delicate, but no less flavoursome, Spinach and Butternut Squash Pie. Our trademark thin and buttery short-crust pastry contrasts perfectly against succulent fillings such as Chicken, Ham Hock and Leek, which has since won industry recognition. With a selection of moreish pies to choose from, in either a 260g or 80g weight, there is every reason to embrace your customers’ passion for pies and spoil them this British Pie Week.