We’re huge pie fans here at English Towers. I think I’ve missed out because I’ve never actually had a Pieminister pie, but they’ve come to the rescue and brought out a weighty tome of their wonderful pie recipes so we can all have their lush creations at home.
I love this book, not only for its creative ideas (canapies, anyone?) and wonderful sense of humour (try saying “‘Jamaica, me love you’ patties” without attempting a Caribbean lilt) but also for the sheer breadth of ingredients they manage to stuff into a pie! There’s rabbit, chipotle chilli, jerk chicken, pear and chocolate, rhubarb and custard….
*Takes a breath*
Highlights include the Christingle Pie (no more boring nut roast for the veggies amongst us on Christmas day), the frankly ridiculous Hedonist pie: a stunning chocolate pie with a touch of clementine and a shot of rum (drooool) and the Spring Chicken Pot Pie, proving that pies aren’t just for chill winter evenings. Oh no.
I just had to make their classic moo pie (although they don’t give away their closely guarded secret recipe completely). It’s a rich and delicious, herby steak and ale pie that got a unanimous thumbs up from de brevren (we actually fought over the last piece).
Highly recommended! ‘Pieminister. A pie for all seasons’ is published by Bantam Press and is available now priced £14.99.