National Pie Day! A Review and Giveaway for 2 x copies of the book PIE! Plus Pie Recipes…..

National Pie Day! A Review and Giveaway for 2 x copies of the book PIE! Plus Pie Recipes.....

National Pie Day! A Review and Giveaway for 2 x copies of the book PIE! Plus Pie Recipes…..

National Pie Day!

A Review and Giveaway for 2 x copies of the book PIE!

Plus Pie Recipes…..

National Pie Day

Apparently today, the 23rd January is National Pie Day, and although there seems to be a “Day” for every type of food, recipe and ingredient, I JUST had to celebrate today as I am a BIG fan of PIE, or should I say that in the plural, PIES! Last year I was sent a copy of a fabulous book, Pie by Dean Brettschneider, which is as the title hints, all about pies and it has rarely been out of my hands since receiving it. I have made numerous recipes from the book and I shall be showcasing them here, on the blog, throughout the year, but for today, I just wanted to introduce you to the book and also offer a FABULOUS giveaway as the PR who represent the publishers, Jacqui Small have offered TWO copies of this lovely book as prizes for all Lavender and Lovage readers! Firstly, let me run you through the chapters and layout of this book…..

Pie by Dean Brettschneider

Delicious Sweet and Savoury Pies and Pastries from Steak and Onion Pie to Pecan Tart

National Pie Day! A Review and Giveaway for 2 x copies of the book PIE! Plus Pie Recipes.....

Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Jacqui Small LLP (17 Oct 2013)

Book Description
Publication Date: 17 Oct 2013

RRP: £25

Join award-winning Global Baker and pâtissier Dean Brettschneider as he demonstrates the secrets to making truly melt-in-your-mouth pies. There is nothing more satisfying than tucking into a piping-hot, freshly baked pie, tart or quiche that has just come out of the oven. Whether you prefer savoury or sweet, humble or refined, small or family sized, this book contains a wide selection of recipes for them all. More than eighty of the most irresistible pastry classics and creations from around the world make this a global baking bible.

Bacon, Curried Egg and Ricotta Pie

Bacon, Curried Egg and Ricotta Pie



A rather lovely and very personal introduction from Dean about his memories and his love of pies.

The History of the Humble Pie:

A history of the word “pie” as well as other pie related facts. This section was written by Paul Hansen


A very handy section where basic ingredients are shared, and a recipe for Dean’s Puff Pastry; the basic ingredient functions are discussed, such as flour, salt, water and butter and other ingredients such as eggs, nuts, baking powder, herbs, grains and seeds are also explored in relation to pie making.


A very useful and extensive section about equipment you may need in your pie making quest.

Meat Pies:

Recipes that caught my eye and some that have been made are: Mince and Cheese Pies; Spanish Chicken Pie; Sausage, Sun-Dried Tomato and Potato Tart; Bacon, Curried Egg and Ricotta Pie; Chicken and Cranberry and Camembert Pies

Seafood Pies:

Recipes that caught my eye and some that have been made are: Fish Pie with Leek and Chorizo; Smoked Salmon and Fennel Savoury Tart and Spicy Monkfish Pies

Vegetarian Pies:

Recipes that caught my eye and some that have been made are: Mushroom, Gouda and Goat’s Cheese Galettes; Asparagus, Lemon and Savoury Custard Tart; Tomato and Thyme Tarte Tatin; Wholemeal Spinach, Feta and Potato Pies; Gooey Leek, Potato and Vintage Cheddar Pie and Slow-Roast Tomato and Herb Tartlets with Feta


Recipes that caught my eye and some that have been made are: Pork, Prune and Sweet Apple Picnic Roll; Cornish Pasties; lamb, Harissa and Almond Sausage Rolls; Smoked Fish Empanadas; Fig and Goat’s Cheese Tart and Date, Apricot, Orange and Cardamom Flapjack Shortcake Tart

Sweet Pies:

Recipes that caught my eye and some that have been made are: Apricot, Almond and Honey Tart; Pear and Fennel Tarte Tatin; Cranberry and Apple Cobbler; Pecan Praline and Chocolate Tart; Pecan Tarts; Roast Pear and Blueberry Pie and Orange Blossom and White Chocolate Cheesecake Pie with Roast Rhubarb

Basic Recipes:

A selection of basic recipes, mainly pastry recipes that are required in making some of  the recipes in the book, also the techniques that are required too. Recipes include: Sweet and Short Pastry; Basic Sweet Pastry; Chocolate Sweet Pastry; Gingerbread Crust Sweet Pastry; Sour Cream and Lemon Pastry; Toasted Walnut Short Pastry; Black Sesame Seed Short Pastry; Chilli Polenta Pie Crust; Fennel Pastry and Hot Water Pastry for Pork Pies. There are also recipes for different toppings, jelly, egg washes and glazes.



Gooey Leek, Potato and Vintage Cheddar Pie

Gooey Leek, Potato and Vintage Cheddar Pie

Overall review and rating:

The fact that I have used this book extensively, taken it to bed to read and perused it in front of the TV tells you that I love this book! I like it for several reasons, it is all about pies, which are a favourite of mine, but the book also has some exciting and innovative recipes in it, with twists on classics that work. I love the matt finish inside and the photos are beautiful in an elegant rustic way. The extra chapters with basic recipes and help with equipment and techniques is very handy. Overall this is a book that is perfect for an experienced cook such as myself, as well as a beginner, so it spans a very large readership area. I have yet to meet a person who does not like a pie or a pasty, and if you are looking for something new, this is the book for you.

Lavender and Lovage gives this book a well deserved 5 stars

Wholemeal Spinach, Feta and Potato Pies

Wholemeal Spinach, Feta and Potato Pies

And now for MORE pies! Here is the link to my MANY pie recipes! Enjoy! And, don’t forget to enter the Giveaway below with a chance to win one of TWO Pie books! Karen

An Old Flask and Childhood Memories: Cheese, Onion and Potato Pasties Recipe

Lavender and Lovage Pie Recipes

Image: Apple Galette


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Frugal Family Fare: Roast Chicken & Ham Pie with a Suet Dumpling Crust

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  1. K Mayers says

    I like a few, including a type of corned beef pie as it were but I must admit that one you’ve shown at the top of this article looks & sounds delicious!

  2. says

    This book looks fantastic Karen. I love pies and don’t make nearly enough of them. Homity pie is a favourite but I’m rather partial to mushroom and Cornish blue too.

  3. says

    I have Pie and I really love it. It has grown on me as I have used it and there are so many more recipes I want to make, highly recommended.

  4. Maria says

    I love loads of pies, esp ones made with puff oastry. But I made a lovely chicken and mango one with crumpled filo, that was lovely, as was spinach and smoked haddock with puff, mmmmmmm!

  5. says

    It’s hard to choose a favourite pie but it would probably have to be apple and blackberry.

    An apple a day might keep the doctor away but a pie a day is much more fun!

  6. says

    Wow, that’s a lot of comments comments to scroll through! My favourite pies are Tortiere au Carnard or Happy Duck Pies as they’ve become known round here!
    I make then with my own Muscovy ducks, and every xmas I give a handful of pies away to my closest friends. They are crazy delicious, the meat is flavoured with nutmeg and makes your taste buds beg the entire time they’re cooking!
    Janie x
    PS I cannot believe that National Pie day passed me by?!

  7. says

    Oh wow those photos are making me drool ! Porky pies are my fav alongwith chicken n mushroom ! How I would LOVE to win that BOOK ! The cover PHOTO is stunning!

  8. Andy Kadir-Buxton says

    My wife loves all things cooking
    spending hours working from scratch
    I would praise her end result to the skies
    If she were to win this book on pies

  9. alison clark says

    chicken pie is my current favourite however ive got a recipe for ham hock pie which i think im going to love when i get around to making it.

  10. Paula Smith says

    It’s got to be Corned Beef and Potato, not the classiest pie ever but so so tasty (especially when my Granny makes it with her extra crumbly shortcrust pastry)

  11. Gail Bennett says

    My Nana used to make pasties (which are still a type of pie – right?) with mashed potatoes, onion and corned beef … they are my favourite although it’s been years since I had one x

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