Savory, sweet, shortcrust or puff pastry, even no pastry at all, Britain and Ireland have had a love affair with pies since the 12th century. Back then the pie crust was called a “coffyn” and the pie was more crust than filling unlike the pies of today.
Pie is a savory or sweet dish which is usually cooked in a container. It has a filling with a covering/or base of pastry.
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All of these pie recipes will make great lunch or supper dishes. Most are also great cold and so are perfect for a lunch box, a party or a picnic. All of them benefit from the filling being made the day before if possible which gives time for the flavors to develop. Do not worry at all if this is not possible, they will still taste fabulous.
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Savory Pies Without Pastry Recipe
As already said, pies are usually thought of as being enclosed in pastry. Not always when it comes to British and Irish pies. It is believed the Shepherd's Pie was invented in the 18th century by frugal peasant housewives looking for creative ways to serve leftover meat to their families. This makes sense today; with rising food prices it is no wonder the Shepherd's and Cottage Pie is enjoying something of a renaissance.
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Sweet Pies and Tarts
The British love all things sweet and sweet British pies are renowned around the world. We have a wealth of history with them and our sweet pies are amongst the most popular and most copied. The British kitchen also has a long tradition of noted sweet-making, particularly with puddings, custards, and creams.