Life of Pie
Pies are perfect for long, dark evenings in. The ultimate comfort food is also a dish made for sharing, says Sophie Conran
Sweet or savoury? Open-topped or closed? With pastry or not? How do you like your pies? The definition of what constitutes the perfect pie can change from one household to the next.
One thing is certain, though, they make a delicious dish in whatever guise they come in.
Sophie Conran's new book, 'The Mini Book of Pies', illustrates perfectly the almost unlimited versatility of the pie, while celebrating its ability to be more than a mere meal.
In her introduction Sophie says that pies are one of the ultimate sharing foods and make ideal gifts that are enjoyable and simple to make.
The ingredients, the smells, the gentle bubbling and the peace of mixing and rolling the pastry, all contribute to the satisfying end product that comes out of the oven.
Enjoy making the ones we chose from Sophie's book.
'The Mini Book of Pies' by Sophie Conran, E11.42, published by Harper Collins