It’s no surprise that during the darker seasons, the popularity of warm, filling and hearty foods soar, as customers desire a meal that’ll stack up against the cold and warm their stomachs. A traditional food at this time of year, alongside dishes such as casseroles and homemade stews, are pies.
Bursting with a satisfying filling and encased in crispy puff pastry, pies can be served on their own as a delicious snack or alongside their popular counterparts: mash and gravy. The simplicity of its outer ingredients means that as bakers, you can experiment with a pie’s filling without really going wrong, and come up with a unique dish that your customers will love.
We’ve found a number of unusual pie fillings to give you inspiration; ones that offer a great alternative to the loveable classics.
Bacon, egg and mushroom
Who says you can’t have pie for breakfast? Being acknowledged as the most important meal of the day, ensuring your customers are satisfied for what lies ahead at breakfast means you’re guaranteed to remain in their good books. A bacon, egg and mushroom pie filling brings all your breakfast favourites together, flowing out of a light pastry. Sautéed mushrooms keep the pie moist, while smoked bacon adds that all too familiar breakfast flavour, coupled with fresh eggs. This tasty pie makes a great grab-and-go snack.
Chicken, chorizo and cider
Chicken pie is nothing new, but why not laden your filling with even more chunky foods? Slices of fresh chorizo will add a kick to your filling, while marinating your chicken in cider beforehand creates sweet aromas and taste. With strong flavours, this filling is perfect when creating mini pot pies, and should be served with a delicious side dish.
Roast vegetable and houmous
Cost effective yet just as delicious, roast vegetable and houmous is a satisfying filling that combines smooth chickpea with chunky courgettes, peppers and other roasted vegetables, producing a healthier pie alternative. Flaky puff pastry complements the soft filling perfectly, while thin sweet potato slices enhance the flavour with underlying sweetness. Serve by the slice!
Sausage, apple and leek
You’ve probably baked an apple pie, but what about creating a savoury delight with Cumberland sausages and thin slices of fresh apple? Caramelised apples provide a soft, sweet base, while pieces of herb-infused sausages on top turn this treat into a satisfying, hearty dish with so much taste! Serve with cheesy mash for the ultimate finish. Creamy, filling and crispy – what’s not to love?
Tequila and orange flavour liqueur with cream
The tequila and orange-flavour liqueur filling creates a tangy Margherita pie – an unusual dessert option. Okay, we admit, it might not be a proper pie, what with its cracker crumb base and cream topping with hints of tequila, but it really does make a great dessert. Refreshingly intense with lime and orange liqueur, Margarita pie is a light yet flavoursome dessert – and tastes great following a hearty main.
With the days getting colder and nights darker, a warm, nourishing pie is just what your customers need. If you’ve had pie-making success recently, why not send us your images via Twitter?