Urban Pie

There was a buzz around our Bullring store yesterday, after a swarm of honey bees made themselves at home in our canopy. We closed the restaurant for part of the day so that they could be collected safely and humanely by a professional swarm collector.

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We’re also supporting The Honey Bee cause and have signed the petition. To do the same, just CLICK HERE.

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We’ve been thinking about delicious summer pie recipes that you can make yourself at home. Check out this delicious Savoury Summer Pie recipe that you’ll just love!

This savoury pie recipe from Revolutionary Cooks includes tomatoes fresh from the garden.

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Savoury Summer Pie

1 piecrust
1 small red bell pepper, chopped
½ medium purple onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
4 large eggs
1 cup evaporated milk
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
1 (8-ounce) package Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
3 plum tomatoes, sliced

Fit pie crust into a 9-inch deep-dish pan. Prick bottom and sides with a fork, and bake at 425° for 10 minutes. Remove and set aside. Sauté bell pepper, onion, and garlic in olive oil for 5 minutes or until tender. Stir in basil. In separate bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, salt, and pepper. Stir in sautéed vegetables and cheese. Pour into crust. Top with tomato slices, and bake at 375° for 45-50 minutes or until set. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Tip: Cover edges of crust with aluminum foil during baking to prevent them from getting too brown.

— Mary Windsor Marsh (found at http://www.ourstate.com/savory-summer-pie/)

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As you know, we love all things ‘pie’! However, this brilliant pie based clip had us in stitches!

The clip shows Australian TV host Karl Stevanovic’s reaction shortly after taking his first bite of the chilli-encrusted pastry.

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CLICK HERE to see the story and video footage in full – we hope you find it as funny as we do!

 

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Salmon pie

We love making pies & we don’t think you can beat using fresh, seasonal ingredients. This Salmon & Asparagus pie recipe is a delicious, seasonal dish to make yourself at home from scratch & is guaranteed to impress!

Serves: 8
Prep time: 35 mins
Cooking time: 1 hr 15 mins

Ingredients

For the pastry:
275g (10oz) organic white plain flour
200g (7oz) butter, diced and chilled
1 large egg beaten, plus 1 extra beaten to glaze
Pinch of salt
2tbsp water

For the filling:
2 large eggs and 2 large yolks
200ml carton crème fraîche
4tbsp freshly chopped dill
25g (1oz) butter
225g (8oz) baby button mushrooms, sliced
150g (5oz) asparagus
900g (2lb) salmon fillet, cut into 5cm (2in) wide strips

Method

1. For the pastry; whiz the flour, butter and a pinch of salt in a food processor until the mixture resembles crumbs. Add one egg and 2tbsp cold water. Pulse until the mixture just comes together.

2. Knead on a lightly floured surface to form into a ball. Cut off a third of the pastry, wrap both pieces in cling film and chill.

3. Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F, gas mark 6). Grease and base line a 23cm (9in) spring clip tin with baking parchment.

4. Roll out the larger piece of pastry on a sheet of baking parchment to a 30cm (12in) circle. Lift up the paper and upturn the pastry pressing into the base and sides to line the tin. Line the pastry with greaseproof paper and ceramic baking beans. Bake for 25 mins. Remove the paper and beans. Brush the pastry with a little beaten egg. Return the pastry to the oven for another 5-10 mins until almost cooked.

5. To make the filling: mix the eggs and yolks with the crème fraîche and dill. Season generously with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

6. Heat the butter in a frying pan (or microwave for 30 secs on High), add the mushrooms and fry for a few minutes to soften (or 2 mins on High in the microwave.)

7. Blanch the asparagus in a pan of boiling water, or microwave with 2tbsp water on High for 3 mins. Plunge into cold water to stop the cooking and keep their colour, then drain.

8. Arrange half the salmon in the base of the pastry case, season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Sprinkle over the mushrooms, then arrange the asparagus on top. Arrange the rest of the salmon on top, and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

9. Carefully pour over the crème fraîche mixture. Brush the pastry rim with some beaten egg.

10. Roll out the reserved piece of pastry on a floured sheet of baking parchment to a 27.5cm (11inch) circle. Put on top, sealing edges, by pressing well together. Brush with the rest of the beaten egg. Pierce a couple of holes in the centre for steam to escape. Lightly score the top of the pastry, if you like to make a diamond pattern. Bake for 40 mins until golden.

(By www.bakingmad.com)

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There’s no doubting that we love Urban Pie. However, we don’t think we can beat the dedication of this pie lover who got our skating Pie Man tattooed on their ankle!

Check out the ink below for yourself!

Urban Pie tattoo

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Pieday Friday

Well done to today’s Pieday Friday winners for our Bullring branch. Here’s a quote from the team:

“My Team is Teaching Support from School of Biosciences at the University of Birmingham. The team are dedicated, hardworking and loyal and deserve a Friday treat!” - Mala Patel

If you’d like to enter and be in with a chance of winning 10 free pies for you and your team, just CLICK HERE.

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Winter Warmer

We think that our tasty pies are the perfect winter warmer in this cold weather and it seems that Mr Snowman thinks so too!

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Pie & Mash winter warmer!

We’re experiencing cold, wintry weather lately and we don’t think there’s a better way to warm up than tucking into comforting pie, mash and gravy!

Beat those winter blues, and choose from our delicious range of over 12 pies, traditional or flavoured mash  (garlic, horseradish or wholegrain mustard) and top with our tasty gravy…mmm…pie heaven!

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Christmas Dinner Pie

Nothing quite gets us feeling festive like a tasty Christmas dinner. That’s why we’ve created a tasty Christmas Dinner Pie to help spread the seasonal spirit!

Our deep-filled pie contains 100% chicken breast, potatoes, seasonal vegetables and is top with a delicious stuffing crust. The perfect pie to warm you up this winter!

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Urban Pie - t-shirts

With December fast approaching, we’ve been racking our brain’s for fantastic present ideas.

For the dedicated pie lover out there, there is only one choice of present…one of our fantastic pie fan t-shirts! We have a selection of 3 funky t-shirts available; just CLICK HERE to check them out for yourself!

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