Pies are big business in Britain - so much so, in fact, that there is there a whole week dedicated to them. But British Pie Week officially reached its peak when a bunch of furious Brits argued on Twitter about what constitutes a pie. Does there need to be pastry on top, at the bottom and on the sides to make it a pie? Or does a neat little puff pastry lid suffice?
Yup, this is as about as British as it gets.
Twitter campaign We Want Plates fired up the controversial conversation topic by tweeting:
Naturally, that sparked a healthy debate on the matter, with many jumping on the point raised about the ingenioulsy-coined 'fraudulent pies' without a pastry base or sides.
"Pies are only pies if they have pastry all the way round and are in a pie pot the end," one person wrote.
"I'm afraid a pie must have bottom. Just must," another said.
One person insisted: "I agree, a pie should have a pastry tomb. Still, mixing a puff pastry lid into the filling makes for a delicious stew".
Another wrote: "Pie with a puff pastry top is stew with a lid, worse in fact it is casserole with a hat. A stew with airs and graces. Disgusting. I want shortcrust top, bottom and sides, or hot water pastry, even rough puff if it's walling the filling in like a prison. #BritishPieWeek".
But others were keen to argue from the other corner, using cottage pies and fish pies as a prime example.
One said: "Why fraudulent? Cottage pie isn't contained in a pastry case. Nor is fish pie. With regards to just pastry pies, the dictionary definition is 'pastry casing the COVERS, or CONTAINS' so it's just a pie. Not fraudulent."
Another person suggested: "The pastry lid on the fraudulent pie is delicious tho."
That's a fair point, that last one.
It's clearly a controversial topic - though it's arguably got nothing on the fact that some southerners crowned banoffee pie as their favourite pie of all time when the options of steak and ale or chicken and mushroom exist. Baffling.
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