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Pieminister Go Gluten Free

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One of my first memories of Pieminister is a trip to Borough Market. Many years ago, back in the gluten hay-day, when these guys were new on the scene, I’d popped down for lunch with my then boyfriend, to eat some food by the river.

We both loved our food, so grabbed two pies with mash and gravy, and headed with our hot little parcels to the edge of the Thames to dive in. Not long after I found out I had to cut gluten free my diet and haven’t eaten a Pieminiter pie since.

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But that’s all changing.

Pie minister have launched gluten free versions of their two favourite pies – The Heidi and The Moo! 

Back in March this year, the team embarked on producing gluten free versions their most popular two pies, with lots of rolling, mixing baking and tasting to find the perfect crust (not always easy with GF!), and both of which triumphed at the British Pie Awards. The vegetarian Heidi was even crowed class champion, making it officially the best gluten free pie in the UK.

The Taste Test

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The Gluten Free Heidi

Filling: Goat’s Cheese, Spinach, Butternut Squash

Cook: 20-25 mins oven cook, or eat cold

Taste: Pieminister’s veggie Heidi is packed with just the right amount of filling to compliment the flaky crust. If you’re a fan of goat’s cheese you’ll adore this pie. The cheese is packed with punch and perfectly complimented by the soft squash and spinach. 

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Serve: I served simply with some spinach as a lunchtime dish.

The Gluten Free Moo

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Filling: Beef & Ale

Cook: 20-25 mins oven cook, or eat cold

Taste: Often in meat pies, meat can be a little sparse. The Moo on the other hand, like the Heidi, is packed with flavour and filling, featuring steak, gluten free ale, and carrots. It’s worth noting the gluten free ale does contain oats and barley – barley low enough to be acceptable for coeliacs, just as gluten free beer is – but worth noting for those who cannot digest oats.

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Serve: I enjoyed my pie for Sunday lunch, while the family tucked into roast beef, roasties and yorkshires. I definitely didn’t feel like I was missing out with this on my plate! So filling, I only needed to add some veggies. 

Where can I buy the pies?

Pie minister’s gluten free pies are now available at a range of UK for markets and independent retailers, including Harrod’s, London’s Borough Market and Bristol’s Tobacco Dock. You can also enjoy the pies and a handful of Pieminister restaurants (Bristol, Cardiff, Leeds and Nottingham), or online to be delivered direct to your door. 

I was so impressed with these pies – with crumbly pastry and a generous amount of filling, you can’t go wrong. I’ll definitely be swinging by Borough Market again to get another hit. Who knows, I may grab a fork and enjoy by the river side.

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