The History of Pie

Can you imagine a world without pie? Probably not, and you’d have to go pretty far back in time to find one. The Romans made the first pastry parcels at the same time as the ancient Egyptians lived amongst the pyramids. Early variations were sometimes made in ‘reeds’ which were used solely to hold the filling, and were not to be eaten.

The word ‘pie’ became popular in Europe from around the 14th century, and the first recipe published by the romans was for a rye-crusted goat’s cheese and honey variety. This was an exception to the rule, as most early pies were predominantly meat-filled. Pyes, as they were then known, appeared in England as early as the twelfth century, and the crust was called a ‘coffyn’. In those days, there was usually more ‘coffyn’ than there was filling. These pies were often made using fowl, with the legs left hanging over the side of the dish and used as handles. Sweet fruit pies or tarts are thought to have been developed in the 1500s, with tradition crediting the first cherry pie to Queen Elizabeth I.

Nowadays, pie is a staple of traditional British fare enjoyed in sweet and savoury varieties. A food especially associated with the North of England, Destiny Foods proudly presents its own range of pies from the traditional Steak & Ale to the contemporary Beetroot Relish & Goat’s Cheese Crumble.

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