Historic Pies – How Pie Making Has Changed Through History
Pie has been a beloved dish in Britain for centuries. Over the years, methods of making and cooking pies have changed dramatically due to advances in technology and new ingredients being discovered. Here’s a look at how pie making has evolved through history.
The earliest form of pie dates back to ancient Egypt as early as 9500 BCE. These early pies were made using primitive ovens and filled with grains, honey, spices and fruits. It wasn’t until medieval times that pies became popular in Europe – particularly among the nobility who served them up at lavish banquets and feasts. Pies during this period were typically filled with beef, mutton or pork and flavoured with spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg or cloves.
During the Renaissance period, cooks started to experiment more with pastry dough – introducing puff pastry which is still popular today! The development of industrialization in England during the 19th century saw a rise in popularity for pies – especially those filled with potatoes and vegetables like peas or beans known as “cottage pies” due to their low cost and availability to all classes of society.
In more recent decades, health consciousness has caused a shift away from traditional meat-filled pastries towards vegetarian options such as tofu or non-meat fillings instead. This means there are now hundreds of different varieties of pie available throughout Britain – whether it be sweet desserts like apple pie or savoury dishes like cottage pie – proving that although its origins may lie centuries in the past, this beloved dish is here to stay!