Friday, 8 March 2019

Pancake Pie for British Pie Week

There are some celestial events that occur infrequently and are worth celebrating. For instance, eclipses or close passes from comets gain widespread media attention. So it is this year as British Pie Week and Pancake Day align, a relatively rare event which will not happen again until 2025.

Whilst British Pie Week always occurs the first full week in March, the date for Pancake Day (or Shrove Tuesday to give it's proper title) is not as fixed. It is governed by the start of the period of Lent which is 46 days before Easter. Easter is always the first Sunday after the first full moon that falls on or after March 21. Therefore the alignment of British Pie Week and Pancake Day happens only about once every 3-8 years. This is something we decided should be celebrated on the Pierate Ship so we have done something we wouldn't normally do; to twist the rules surrounding what makes a pie a pie. For those that don't remember, our definition states;

1. A pie is deemed to be a filling totally encased in pastry.
2. A pie must have sides, a base and a discernible lid made from a separate piece of pastry.

But we have never defined exactly what pastry is. So for this experiment I postulated that if pastry dough were to be replaced by a suitable pancake batter and thus used to fully encase a filling, it could be argued that it is in fact a pie which would perhaps be called a Pancake Pie. Aren't batter and pastry pretty much the same thing anyway? A bit of flour, a bit of fat and a bit of liquid? Given the higher liquid and protein content perhaps batter is like a diet version of pastry, perhaps we could be onto a new pie based diet like a our attempts during British Pie Week 2014.

On with the making, firstly we had to start by cooking up some pancakes;

I mixed 100g Gluten Free plain flour, 1 egg and 0.25 litres of milk. I made thin pancakes which I fried in plenty of butter.




















The first pancake was simply placed in a pie dish....




















Onto the filling. Whilst this would probably work equally well with a savoury filling, I had already eaten dinner so I opted for a sweet filling of sliced Banana and some Hazelnut and Cocoa spread. I have to give a special shout out for this Meridian spread, it is expensive but it is palm oil free and 75% Hazelnut which means it is pretty nutritious but I think it tastes just as good as Nuttela (which by contrast is mostly sugar and palm oil with only 13% Hazelnut).
















Next I brushed the pancake base with a bit of raw batter. Unlike pastry, pancakes aren't going to stick together so this was an attempt to make the lid hold in place.
















The next pancake was freshly fried and placed on top of the pie, it formed a surprisingly good lid.
















Then I placed the whole thing in the oven for 20 minutes at 180 degrees and it came out looking like this...

Pancake Pie















And it actually sliced up pretty well! It held together better than many genuine pies that I have eaten.
















Despite not being a true pie, the Pancake Pie tasted great. It had a really interesting mottled brown Colour and the lid and sides held together well so it was in good Condition. The pancake lid had a nice crispy texture, as you might want from good pastry, whilst the base and sides had a more gooey texture having mingled with the banana. As for the filling, the Hazelnut spread had melted into the warm banana very nicely. It tasted great and made me wonder why there aren't more Banana, Hazelnut and Chocolate pies out there. The benefit of having made a Pancake Pie rather than just eating this as pancakes is that it meant the filling had really heated up and the filling and pancake had mingled together rather than simply just being on the same plate. The crispy pancake was also really nice which was an unexpected surprise.

So there you have it, we have tried a few experiments on the Pierate Ship but unlike the Pie-thon (Python Pie), the Piezza or the Popcorn Pie, this is one of the rare occasions where it actually worked! Do try this at home, I think I will try it again in 2025.

SJL
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Thursday, 7 March 2019

British Pie Week - Day Four

British Pie Week is a chance for pie makers big and small to celebrate the humble pie. Whether that's a company making thousands of the pastry beauties each day or someone in their home kitchen making a pie for their tea, we want to celebrate pies of all shapes and sizes! You may have seen on Twitter that Pierateer Sam made a "Pancake Pie" on Tuesday - to celebrate the clash of pie week and pancake day - and another quirky pie with beautiful decoration has been sent in to us from Victoria of Sweet Art Cakes in Darlington.


Mother and Child Cookie Crust Apple Pie by Sweet Art Cakes
I'm sure you'll agree with us that this Cookie Crust Apple Pie looks stunning! A very unique take on a classic pie flavour and a beautiful top crust. You can read more on her blog and find out more about this and the cakes she normally makes there. Plus there's a little history lesson on the origins of pie there too! Do check it out!

As for us, Pierateer Rob sunk his teeth into two pies from Jarvis Pickle Pie Company on Thursday evening - their Chicken and Leek and their Pork and Blue Cheese pies. He'll be rating them soon and trying some more tomorrow night!!

Tweet of the Day


Excited to hear that that Turner's Pies - who won the British Pie Awards last year - have been stoking up their ovens ready to make the pies for the pie lunch at the British Pie Awards prize giving tomorrow! Enjoy!!



See what the Pierateers have been up to this British Pie Week in our daily Pie Diary articles (added and updated throughout the week):


Day One – Monday 4th March 2019
Day Two – Tuesday 5th March 2019
Day Three – Wednesday 6th March 2019
Day Four – Thursday 7th March 2019
Day Five - Friday 8th March 2019
Day Six - Saturday 9th March 2019
Day Seven - Sunday 10th March 2019


Pierate is a pie review website charting a course to find the ultimate pie. For all the pies we have reviewed have a look at our Pie Rankings or find pies of a particular flavour under Pies: Categorised.

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and let us know your thoughts!
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Wednesday, 6 March 2019

British Pie Awards 2019 - Live!

British Pie Awards 2015 Judges
Judges at the British Pie Awards, including Pierateer Sam

The day of the British Pie Awards has arrived! Held in the heart of pork pie country - Melton Mowbray - the scene is once again set for around 100 judges to rate well over 900 pies from across Britain and beyond! Of course you won't be surprised to know we've been invited again this year - having been a judge, media or helper at the British Pie Awards since 2013 - and this year Pierateer Rob will be there as judge and media to give you the inside scoop of what takes place - Live! Plus check out this exciting news about the Pie Awards being filmed this year:



The 11th annual British Pie Awards heads home to St Mary's Church in the heart of Melton Mowbray once again. And as well as looking forward to seeing lots of our pie friends at the Awards, we're looking forward to sharing our ex-pie-tese with fellow judges and providing the inside scoop with some media coverage too.

As you may know the British Pie Awards use a significantly different set of criteria to us (rather than the 7 Cs of pie rating that we have used to rate over 625 pies on Pierate) but there are very few pie experts with more ex-pie-rience than us when it comes to the pie-fect pie!

So check back here during the day for live blog posts below and on Twitter and we hope you enjoy hearing about the British Pie Awards 2019!

This isn't the first time we've attended the British Pie Awards! Oh no! Find out more in our other articles here:
Judges in 2018  |  Media in 2017  |  Judges in 2016  |  Judges in 2015
Judges in 2014  |  Helpers in 2013



9:30 It seems amazing to think that a whole year has passed by since the last British Pie Awards but here we are again, travelling up to the greatest show in pies! It's just Pierateer Rob attending this time round and he is on his way on the train from Birmingham now.

9:35 It's great to see Cross country trains have added free WiFi to their train service - makes live blogging so much easier!!!

10:00 Just been familiarising myself with the Judges briefing pack ready for later! Wonder what category I will have this time - having done "Other meats" on my last judging visit!

10:15 Just left Leicester train station - next stop Melton Mowbray!!

10:35 I have arrived in Melton! Time to find some pies!!!

British pie awards 2019
Arriving at St Mary's church in Melton Mowbray


10:50 So confirmation that I am on Class 13 - Chicken and other meat! I'm in the same class as fellow pie blogger Katie Peel, our newest Honourary Pierateer!

11:10 Apron collected and now it's time for the judges briefing to commence, to welcome everyone and fill everyone in on what is happening today.

The trophy's are on display!
11:25 We have just had our briefing and are now going to file into the main hall ready for the control pie, which shows how the head judge would score a pie.

TV cameras are in place this year for a BBC documentary
11:30 Matthew, the chairman of the Melton Mowbray pork pie association, is thanking all the judges and the sponsors of the pie awards.

11:35 Reverend Kevin from St Mary's church has just blessed the pies, as is traditional for the awards. That means it's almost time to rate!!

11:40 The head judge Colin Woodhead is going through the control pies - one cold pork pie and one hot beef pie - to say why he would give the scores he has.

11:50 Let the judging commence!!! I'm judging with Sue Woodall, from ladies in pigs, who has judged 7 or 8 times now. First up in the chicken and other meats category is a chicken and ham hock pie! The first of many, I predict...

12:15 The judging is in full flow. Mainly chicken and ham but a few with haggis or chorizo to mix things up!

Melton Mowbray pork pies
12:45 I have been doing the rounds to find out how others are finding it and there are certainly some intriguing flavours - especially in the speciality meats and game pies class. Lots of venison (including one with dark chocolate) plus a duck and blueberry pie and rabbit pie.

13:00 Once again the top table (class 1) is the Melton Mowbray pork pies - all judged in pairs. Looking fantastic!

13:10 A few pies have had to be disqualified due to being over weight and a pasty definitely snuck into the beef pie class but overall people seem to be enjoying themselves!

13:25 Just been speaking to TV's Andy Clarke who is looking very patriotic (pastryotic?!) in a union jack shirt. He has enjoyed a number of venison pies in the speciality meat and game class.

13:35 A mix bag in the free from class, with a lot of steak and ale pies in there. Some pastry holding together better than others!

13:40 Our last pie wasn't a cracker but overall the standard was pretty high. Some definite gold medal winners and will be interested to see who made our chicken and other meats class winner!

13:50 Still judging going on in some of the larger classes but we're all done for the day, with our top 3 selected. Fellow pie blogger Katie Peel had a chicken and haggis pie but lots of chicken and ham too.

14:00 Filming is complete for the day. Looking forward to seeing the documentary later this summer about the awards! Check out the British Pie Awards Twitter feed on Friday to find out who wins it all!!

Pierateer Rob assessing the final 3 pies!


The winners at the 11th annual British Pie Awards will be announced on Friday 8th March on the @BritishPies twitter feed and updated on the British Pie Awards website.


British Pie Week 2019If you want to find out more about the British Pie Awards 2019, check out our Countdown to the British Pie Awards article.


Did you know? This is the fourth time that the British Pie Awards are happening in British Pie Week, following a successful but controversial first time out in 2016 when a pasty was crowned supreme champion and a more regular win for Dickinson and Morris Pork Pie in 2017 and Turner's Pies Steak and Ale Pie in 2018.

RAS

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British Pie Week 2019 - Day Three

We'll once again be heading to Melton Mowbray!

British Pie Week has for the last few years coincided with the greatest show in pie - the British Pie Awards. Previously held in April, it is a very logical step to move the Pie Awards to coincide with British Pie Week and get an even bigger audience's eyes on those pies! Once again the awards are being held in St Mary's Church in Melton Mowbray and we for one can't wait to attend again! Pierateer Rob will be reporting live from Melton Mowbray in our "British Pie Awards 2019 - Live!" article coming online soon and you can also find out more about the awards by following the Pierateers on Twitter!


After enjoying the Turner's Pies Steak and Ale last night for dinner, which you may recall won the British Pie Awards last year, we look forward to seeing the range of pies on show today and judging the pies that will lead to the crowing of the 2019 Supreme Champion! Will it be the year of the vegan pie? Or will Turner's get the double? Find out more about the awards in our British Pie Awards 2019 preview article!

And whatever you do, go crazy for pie this British Pie Week! Enjoy!



This article will be updated throughout the day/week, so do check back for what we've been up to!

Tweet of the Day


We are very excited by the prospect of a 30 minute documentary on the British Pie Awards that's in the pie-peline!!



See what the Pierateers have been up to this British Pie Week in our daily Pie Diary articles (added and updated throughout the week):


Day One – Monday 4th March 2019
Day Two – Tuesday 5th March 2019
Day Three – Wednesday 6th March 2019
Day Four – Thursday 7th March 2019
Day Five - Friday 8th March 2019
Day Six - Saturday 9th March 2019
Day Seven - Sunday 10th March 2019


Pierate is a pie review website charting a course to find the ultimate pie. For all the pies we have reviewed have a look at our Pie Rankings or find pies of a particular flavour under Pies: Categorised.

Make sure you
and let us know your thoughts!
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Tuesday, 5 March 2019

British Pie Week 2019 - Day Two

British Pie Week 2019 is now in full swing – so what more motivation do you need?! Grab a pie, make a pie, tweet your #PiePledge. Don't forget that despite this year's British Pie Week clashing today with Pancake Day, there's still no excuse not to enjoy a pie with your pancake or even instead of one! Check out all these things you can do today and this pie week:


You can follow the Pierateers on Twitter and find out how our #PiePledges are going!
You can read about pies - after all we've had over 1 million pageviews now!!
You can choose a pie (we have well over 625 pies reviewed in our rankings table!)
You can think up some puns for the Pie Dictionary!
You can suggest a pie you’ve enjoyed.

British Pie Week 2019 Logo

While we are still a day away from the British Pie Awards on Wednesday, we think we have warmed up for it well by kicking the week off with our Birmingham Pie Night yesterday, and have a number of Turner's Pies to enjoy with friends tonight! You may recall that Turner's Pies won the British Pie Awards last year and so we are very much looking forward to digging into some more of their lovely pies!

So whatever you do, go crazy for pie this British Pie Week! Enjoy!



This article will be updated throughout the day/week, so do check back for what we've been up to!

Tweet of the Day






See what the Pierateers have been up to this British Pie Week in our daily Pie Diary articles (added and updated throughout the week):


Day One – Monday 4th March 2019
Day Two – Tuesday 5th March 2019
Day Three – Wednesday 6th March 2019
Day Four – Thursday 7th March 2019
Day Five - Friday 8th March 2019
Day Six - Saturday 9th March 2019
Day Seven - Sunday 10th March 2019


Pierate is a pie review website charting a course to find the ultimate pie. For all the pies we have reviewed have a look at our Pie Rankings or find pies of a particular flavour under Pies: Categorised.

Make sure you
and let us know your thoughts!
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Monday, 4 March 2019

British Pie Week 2019 - Day One

The countdown timer has struck zero and British Pie Week 2019 has begun – so what more motivation do you need?! Grab a pie, make a pie, tweet your #PiePledge. Whether you already have plans or this is all new to you, here’s some things you can do this British Pie Week:


You can follow the Pierateers on Twitter and find out how our #PiePledges are going!
You can read about pies - after all we've had over 1 million pageviews now!!
You can choose a pie (we have well over 625 pies reviewed in our rankings table!)
You can think up some puns for the Pie Dictionary!
You can suggest a pie you’ve enjoyed.

As for the Pierateers, we are ready and waiting for possibly the biggest British Pie Week yet! The British Pie Awards are once again taking place in British Pie Week with Pierateer Rob in attendance as media to cover the event and judge a few pies! We have an exciting trip planned for this coming weekend. Plus the week will all kick off with our Birmingham Pie Night on Monday!


British Pie Week Nice Pie Pierate Pie
Nice Pie's Pierate Logo Pie from British Pie Week 2014!
It seems this year, more than any before, people are bigging up British Pie Week. Plenty of pubs and shops are doing something special for British Pie Week... but weirdly the pastry company who invented British Pie Week (to sell more pastry) have decided to once again ditch it! The end result of which is this... Pierate Pie Reviews is the home of British Pie Week!!!

And while we may not have the amazing Pierate Logo pie to enjoy this year (made especially for us by Nice Pie in 2014), we do have an exciting new logo to share with you all! As unveiled in mid-January, here is the British Pie Week 2019 logo:

British Pie Week 2019 Logo

So whatever you do, go crazy for pie this British Pie Week! Enjoy!



This article will be updated throughout the day/week, so do check back for what we've been up to!

Pierateer RAS


I've made five #PiePledge commitments this British Pie Week, which are the following:

1) One or more pies eaten every day
2) 2 days of annual leave taken to eat, rate and tweet about pies (one of which was Friday just gone, in pre-pie-ration and to get some pies delivered for pie week!)
3) Organise a pie night - which is what is happening tonight in Birmingham!
4) Live blog the British Pie Awards
5) Go on an e-pie-c adventure with Pierateers Sam and Tim this coming weekend!

I look forward to keeping you updated with how I get on with all these pie pledges this week!

After a cheeky Mr Kipling apple pie for Breakfast at work, the main pie of the day was a British Pie Week special at Pieminister's Birmingham pie shop, as we hosted a pie night there! Pierateer Rob was joined by 12 friends to enjoy their new "Lady Baa Baa" Lamb Pie, which rated very well on the 7 Cs. Look out for the full review later this week! Everyone had a lovely time and we were very grateful for the special ice cream Sundae's that Pieminister bestowed on our group. Thanks very much!!

Lady Baa Baa Lamb Pie Review
Lady Baa Baa Roast Lamb pie at Pieminister Birmingham



See what the Pierateers have been up to this British Pie Week in our daily Pie Diary articles (added and updated throughout the week):


Day One – Monday 4th March 2019
Day Two – Tuesday 5th March 2019
Day Three – Wednesday 6th March 2019
Day Four – Thursday 7th March 2019
Day Five - Friday 8th March 2019
Day Six - Saturday 9th March 2019
Day Seven - Sunday 10th March 2019


Pierate is a pie review website charting a course to find the ultimate pie. For all the pies we have reviewed have a look at our Pie Rankings or find pies of a particular flavour under Pies: Categorised.

Make sure you
and let us know your thoughts!
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