January 23rd is National Pie day, what's your favourite pie?
Oh just to point out to those from the U.S, our pies are savoury, not sweet like over there.
In Scotland the most famous pie is a Scotch Pie, nothing quite says comfort food like pie, beans and chips, smothered in brown sauce. There is some debate as to the best recipe for a Scotch pie but, according to the the Scotch Pie Club, The Kandy Bar in Saltcoats are World Champions at making the favourite , commonly we just call them pies, the Killie Pie is made by Brownings whohave produced the pie for tKilmarnock Football Club since 2003, and it is also sold in Aldi, SPAR and selected Scotmid stores in Scotland.
Second up is the traditional Steak Pie, t he New Year’s dinner of choice for decades, you cannot beat a traditional steak pie. Other incarnations have seen the addition of kidney or sausage, but the family favourite has been acting as the ultimate hangover cure for years, Shaw’s Butchers in Barmulloch said recently that during the festive period they made about 600 pounds of stew and I could have made about 200 more. They explained that 600 pounds of stew would do for 50 3lb pies, 150 1lb pies, with plenty left over, making over, thats 300 pies in total.
Then there’s the Macaroni Pie, now believe it or not, this Gregg’s favourite has its origins in Caribbean and West Indian cuisine. When the company took the decision to drop the item from its shelves, over 1,300 people signed a petition to have it reinstated.
A favourite of mine when growing up was the Mince Tattie & Bean Pie. The same shape as the traditional Scotch Pie, our local bakers in Loanhead, used to make a braw one, I’m salivating now thinking about them.
Although I have yet to try one, several places now make the Scottish Breakfast Pie, another derivative of the Scotch variety, the ingredients will no doubt vary from place to place, but you might get thin layers of Lorne sausage, haggis, tattie scone and black pudding, topped off with a perfectly baked egg sprinkled with pieces of bacon, another yin that is making me hungry this morning just describing it
A mate of mine is a chef in Edinburgh, and his speciality is a Haggis and Apple Pie, shaped like the big mince round, he promises to make one for me the next time I am through.
A contentious entry in this post is another Scottish favourite, The Forfar Bride. The Scottish Forfar bridie is a meat and onion filled pastry, Bakers in Forfar traditionally use shortcrust pastry for their bridies, but in other parts of Scotland, flaky pastry is often substituted.
My final choice is The Haggis Pie. , most butchers shops sell their own version, The Haggis Pie. is found in different varieties, but my favourite is with tatties and maybe a wee bit neeps, that’s turnip to all you people not from oor shores, Steak and Haggis pies are popular too. The ones in the pic look delicious are from West Coast Foods in Prestwick. They do a variety of pies, the ones in the front of the pic are Chicken Balmoral gourmet pies Chicken in a peppercorn sauce with a wedge of haggis.