Wooden Pork Pie Dolly
Being based in Melton Mowbray, we are of course big fans of the pork pie. This very traditional pie is up there with the very best of iconic British food which originated on these isles. It is the cornerstone of any good picnic and there is nothing quite like it when you are snacking al fresco. This town is the pork pie powerhouse and, as such, we like to include items in our store which celebrate our connection to this culinary masterpiece! This is where this hand raised pie dolly range comes in. If you want to make your own pork pies, or you have a food lover or a baker in your life who you are shopping for, then these wooden pork pie dollies might just be what you are looking for. Take your pick from the selection and you will be able to create your version of Melton Mowbray's finest export.
Britain is a place which has a strong heritage in pies. The pork pie indeed went through different iterations over history, and an early form of it could well have originated as long ago as 1390. But it wasn't until the 18th century that pork pies of the form that we would recognise today began to be made more popular and to be eaten by the masses. At this point, the place where they were made the most was our humble hometown of Melton Mowbray. Today, this town is still associated with this most English of delectable snacks, and the pork pie dolly mould will allow you to get into the Melton Mowbray spirit and make your very own pork pies. With one of these pieces of kit, you can engage in that most traditional form of pie making which we are so thankful is still alive today.
How to raise a pie using a wooden dolly
This little cylinder of wood has a handle on the top. You will need to put the wooden dolly down in the middle of your pastry and press, then raise the pie up the sides of the dolly, keeping your thumbs on the shoulder of the dolly. Turning the dolly, you will then be able to raise the pie with your palms, hence the idea of the 'hand-raised' pie! You can then ease the dolly out of your pastry with a slight twist. You may have heard that there are alternative tools for this age-old method, but there really is nothing else which does the job so well. Plus, you will find that, over time and repeated usage, the wood will absorb a certain amount of fat. This will make it even easier for you to prise the raw pastry shell away from it.
Small pork pie dolly
With one of these small pork pie dollies, you will have that most valuable of wooden tools that is required for shaping the water-pastry crust. With your wooden dolly in hand, you will be able to shape the crust of these classic hand-raised pies. Hand-raised pies are something which run through our history as a country for many centuries. By learning how to do it for yourself with your very own dolly, you will be keeping this wonderful tradition going.