The first week of March always marks British Pie Week since Jus-roll made it so in 2007. Britain should have a day dedicated to pies due to us being a fully-fledged nation of pie lovers. Pies of all kinds are the ultimate comfort food, and although the sun is starting to peek through the clouds, we are nowhere near the warmth of summer yet, so a hot, steaming pie is the perfect dinner option.
Pies come in many shapes and sizes. Are you a pie-lover who loves to have their filling fully enclosed in pastry, or just a thin layer of pastry on top? Or do you prefer buttery, flaky, puff pastry to short crust pastry? These are big decisions in the pie world, but the most important question is what is inside your pie?
Luckily for you, we have an array of both sweet and savoury pie recipes using pure Canadian maple syrup to tickle your tastebuds on one of the most delicious weeks of the year.
Saucy Savoury Pies
Turkey doesn’t just have to be for Christmas! Why not try out our turkey, ham, and maple pie, perfect for when you’ve got leftover meat from a roast, so you could easily replace the turkey with chicken. This pie has a creamy filling, sweetened by pure Canadian maple syrup, and is a real crowd pleaser. It even includes an array of vegetables that are about to come into their prime in spring – onions, leeks, and carrots to give the pie a splash of colour.
In Britain, the most famous of the pies is a traditional pork pie. But have you tried a Canadian, maple-infused version of a pork pie? Our Quebec maple pork pie is filled with juicy pork, fragrant spices, and of course some pure Canadian maple syrup magic. You will have to bear in mind that this pie may be trickier to take on a spring picnic due to its juiciness.
Even though pies are traditionally meat-based, there are also some delicious vegetarian pie recipes out there, including our mushroom ‘bourguignon’ with cheddar and maple scone topping. This pie is full of rich flavour and is much quicker and easier to make than its beef counterpart. The recipe includes a beautiful array of mushrooms and is topped with traditional cheese scones just like your grandmother would make, but with a maple syrup twist.
Scrumptiously Sweet Pies
You can’t not associate sweet pies with the USA and Canada, especially pumpkin pie. So, adding pure Canadian maple syrup to this recipe is a match made in heaven. Cupful of Kale’s maple pumpkin pie recipe makes a gorgeous, spiced pumpkin-based custard filling, encased in shortcrust pastry. This pie is usually associated with autumn and harvest, but this pie is too delicious to limit to a certain time of year.
If you are looking for something a bit lighter than a pumpkin pie, a go to dessert is a fruit-filled pie. Naturally Natalie’s cherry maple pie is a sweet delight, sure to make the perfect treat this spring. You can decorate the top of this pie any way you want, with a lattice pattern, plaiting the pastry, or making your own cherry-shaped design maybe? Once cooked the maple syrup-infused filling goes a gorgeously deep red and purple colour, making this recipe very Instagram-worthy.
Now we can’t forget about this classic, the humble apple pie. An apple pie is a classic for a reason, and the combination of apple, cinnamon and sultanas is scrumptious. But how about adding in some pure Canadian maple syrup with our maple and apple pot pie recipe to sweeten this classic even further, especially if you are using tart cooking apples.
So, which pie will you bake this week? If you’re looking for more recipe inspiration, find more recipes here.
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