Who Ate All The Pies?
Pies or in Old English, pyes, were first made in Britain around the 1100s and were usually robust concerns chockfull of meat and spiced with pepper, and involved a lot of crusty pastry or ‘coffyn’, which wasn’t always eaten but fashioned into a handle for carrying to work or market. It wasn’t until the 16th century that sweetened pies became popular.
Liverpool and Pies
A well-known Liverpool bakery is aiming for gold at this year’s British Pie Awards, Homebaked in Anfield, mere steps from Liverpool ’s ground, is famous for its fantastic pastry offerings, such as Shankly pie, a recipe from Bill no less, and now Kloppage rolls can you believe.
As testimony to the quality and freshness of their pies, you’ll find thousands of supporters from both teams, zigzagging out the door and down the street.
And this week, Homebaked will travel to Melton Mowbray to enter twenty of their pies into the prestigious 2018 British Pie Awards.
In 2017, the Anfield baker’s won an amazing five awards for their efforts, including gold for their famous Scouse pie. The Chicken Gumbo pie took won silver while three other pies, the Shankly, the mushroom and brandy and the steak and cheese, each took bronze awards.
What’s interesting about Homebaked and sets it apart from other pie makers, is that it’s owned and operated by its members and governed by a board of people from the local area.
Checkout Homebaked Bakery – 197 Oakfield Rd, Anfield , Liverpool L4 0UF Open Monday – Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm and Saturday 10am – 5pm
Pie Club has been defined as a movement dedicated to bringing people together over a shared love of pie. They get together monthly to drink boss beer and discuss all things pastry. To attend a Pie Club meeting all they ask is that you prepare a homemade pie to present to your fellow pie eaters, with the caveat that it has to be encased fully in pastry (which begs the question of Shepherd’s and cottage pies authenticity) you can then eat all the pies and ‘have a good ol’ merry time’.
Don’t go pie-less though, it will cost you £5, although, all Pie Club attendees get a free beer on entry, and get to vote for their favourite pie, with a prize being awarded for the top voted one, not the best, the top voted one…
Michaela, the club’s founder said ‘The idea is, that it is so nice to bake yourself a pie that we thought we’d encourage people to do that and then come together to appreciate them. With lots of beer! There’s so many burger places in town, we thought it was time to celebrate pies. Check out our Facebook or Insta for upcoming events – @pieclublpl’.
Check out these other pie romancer’s too, pyromancer, get it?
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