The hand raised pie, a free-standing pie made with hot water crust pastry is a traditional British dish. The crust, whilst still being tender and delicious, has enough body to stand up without being supported by the sides of a pie tin. The Melton Mowbray pork pie may be the most famous version but there are lots of different recipes including pork, chicken, vegetarian and vegan (mushrooms, chestnuts and cranberries or potato curry). Old recipes often mixed meat with fruit such as currants, raisins and peel.
We are looking for the best Faversham Raised Pie 2018
Prizes a bottle for wine for all winners and fame.
The competition is open to professional and amateur cooks.
Pies need to be taken to St Mary of Charity between 10:00 and 11:30 on Saturday 15th
The judges will, at their absolute discretion, be able to create additional categories, each with winners, if they feel that the quality and variety of the entries warrant it.
The judges’ decisions will be announced at 15:00 in St Mary of Charity
The Old Foodie explains why raised pies matter
“There are a lot of reasons to make raised pies. An important one is so that a great, and very old, tradition might be preserved. Once upon a time, before there were such conveniences as baking tins, refrigerators, and lunch-boxes, a ‘coffin’ of thick dough performed the functions of all three perfectly well. So well that the contents were said to be able to be kept for many months (even a year), although I do not suggest that you risk the experiment today.
A second reason is that they are great fun to make. If you like hands-on cooking, then the process is definitely for you. If you are afraid of making pastry, it is also for you, because the traditional pastry-making rules of keeping everything cool and using a light hand, are the opposite of what is required. If you are a frustrated sculptor, or your parents didn’t let you mess about with play-dough when you were a child, then the fun will be all the greater.
Thirdly, and perhaps most importantly, raised pies – especially raised PORK pies in the style of the famous Melton Mowbray pies – are an absolutely delicious experience (if they have been done properly and well, of course.)
If three good reasons are not sufficient to convince you to at least buy and try a good raised pie – even if you cannot or dare not make one – then I fear you may be a lost cause.”