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The Best Ways To Enjoy Pies This Summer


The Great British Summer is in full swing again and although our weather may not always be the best here in the UK, summer is still a special time for us Brits.

We spend much of our shorter winter days dreaming of longer sunnier days, days out at the beach, long walks in the countryside, garden parties, picnics and a nice cold pint in a beer garden.

Summer also opens up different possibilities when it comes to choosing what to eat. Suddenly we are gifted with many different foods not available at other times of year. In early Summer we have home grown Asparagus to look forward to, only available for a mere 6 weeks or so, but goodness isn’t it amazing whilst it’s here. We then find plump red and juicy British strawberries appearing, begging to be covered in thick cream and a little fresh mint.

Pies have also kept a special place in our summers over the centuries, one popular function being as part of an outdoor picnic, which our Victorian predecessors showed a particular predilection for.

Our tastes also change slightly in Summer with lighter, fresher flavours dominating our pallets a little more than the rich, dark and comforting foods that get us through cold winter days.

The faithful culinary servant of Britain that the pie has been over the centuries means that it of course has plenty to offer us during the Summer, its versatility being second to none as a food that can suit all occasions and seasons.

What picnic is complete without a slice of Pork Pie, dipped in a little Piccalilli?

Perhaps it’s a garden party you’re having, in which case what better way to treat your guests than with pies?

Or if you’re just in the mood for a lighter summer supper, then pies can fit the bill nicely. Think about serving them with a seasonal salad full of delicious crunchy vegetables such as radishes, carrot, fresh peas, lettuce and tomatoes.

 At Yorkshire Handmade Pies, several of our pies are as good when eaten cold as they are when served hot and make ideal additions to your picnic or outdoor garden party. Here’s 3 of our pies we think are worthy of being included in your next outdoor feast. Once baked, these can all be cooled and kept in the fridge for up to 3 days before eating.

  1. Mature Cheddar, Smoked Applewood and Onion pie. This is a delightfully cheesy pie feast that eats as well cold as it does warm. Serve it with a little chutney or Piccalilli for a perfect Summer pie.
  2. Yorkshire Samosa Pie. Taking inspiration from the incredible flavours of India, this is a cross between a Samosa and a pie. It’s got a little heat, but not too much and is a perfect way to get your taste buds fired up before cooling them back down with some Strawberries and cream on a hot day!
  3. Outdoor reared pork, black garlic and Orchard pie. This is a real taste of summer, with the star of the show being the superb pork, which is all outdoor reared by Anna Longthorpe in East Yorkshire. It’s cooked with cherries, apples, red wine and black garlic to make a flavour combination that’ll add to any Summer occasion.

 So there we have it, whether you’re wanting to plan a picnic, a long summer walk or a garden party, you’re now armed with all the information you need to let pies help you make the most of what’s left of the Great British Summer.

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