21st Jan 2022 - 06:00
To celebrate the upcoming National Pie Day (23 January 2022) this edition of food facts are themed around pies.
- In 1644 Oliver Cromwell banned pies and other treats because he saw it as a ‘gluttonous act’. For 16 years pie making and eating went underground until the Restoration leaders lifted the ban in 1660.
- In 2014 the UK Government’s petitions website carried one that wanted a pie defined as having a pastry base, sides and a lid. It attracted six signatures.
- Melton Mowbray pork pies – hot water crust, uncured meat, no preservatives – have ‘Protected Geographical Indication’ and can only be sold as such if made in an area around the Leicestershire town.
- One in five Americans surveyed by the American Pie Council have eaten an entire pie by themselves.
- The World Pie Eating Championships take place at Harry’s Bar in Wigan every December. The winner is the fastest to eat a standard beef and potato pie. The current World Record stands at 23.53 seconds.
- Sweeney Todd, the fictional Victorian character who ran a London barber shop, disposed of his victims by baking them into meat pies.