When looking for something popular to feed guests, why not bring out your enamel pie dishes and cook pie? This dish dates back to ancient times and comes in a variety of flavours to suit everyone – the reason it is so enduring.
When entertaining, pie may seem like a rather modest dish, but it is one of the most tried and tested. Everyone loves pie!
The History of Pie
Pies first appeared in ancient Egypt more than 2,500 years before the birth of Christ. These were honey pies, a sweet treat with a “pastry” made of wheat and oats. The first pies with pastry made of flour and water came to British shores courtesy of the Greeks.
When the Romans invaded in 43 AD, they brought with them goat’s cheese pie with a rye pastry as well as meat pies wrapped in a lard pastry. This was the beginning of the British love affair with steak and kidney pie, where people in the North and the colder climes of Scotland took to it immediately.
The lard and meat content had high fat and protein that kept people fuller and warmer for longer. Homemakers in the highlands invented Cornish pasties because they were easy to carry and made a good food to take out while working.
The Umble Pie
The saying, “to eat humble pie” originates from the world Umble, coming from the French word, nomble (deer’s insides). If people were too poor to afford good quality cuts of meat, they would make a pie with internal organs, which was cheap and nutritious, thus “humble” became synonymous with modesty.
Dessert pies like apple or cherry did not arrive until the Tudor era, first mentioned in literature. Pastries were instead of dishes as they provided a convenient way to carry the filling. This is how Elizabeth Tudor was served the first-ever cherry pie.
To bake the family favourite or try a new flavour, why not get out your enamel pie dish and make something everyone will love? Your recipe could add to history.