The Butter Pie: A Lancashire Delight

The Butter Pie: A Lancashire Delight

At Bowen Pies, based in Chorley, Lancashire, we're all about crafting tasty, traditional British pies that make you feel right at home. One of our favourites is the Butter Pie. This simple yet oh-so-good pie has deep roots in Lancashire history. Let’s dive into what makes the Butter Pie so special and why it deserves a spot on your plate.

What is a Butter Pie?

A Butter Pie is a savoury treat straight from Lancashire. It’s a no-fuss pie filled with thinly sliced potatoes and onions, seasoned just right, all wrapped up in a buttery, flaky crust. Baked to golden perfection, it’s a comforting, hearty meal that melts in your mouth.

The Origins of the Butter Pie

The Butter Pie comes from 19th century Lancashire, a time when the region was booming with industry. This pie became a hit among the Catholic community, who needed a meat-free dish for Fridays. The Butter Pie was a tasty, budget-friendly solution.

Why is it called a Butter Pie? Simple – butter was the star ingredient! Back then, meat was expensive and not always available, but butter was a staple. It added richness and flavour to the pie, making a filling and satisfying meal for families.

Why People Love the Butter Pie

Despite its humble beginnings, the Butter Pie has stayed popular for over a century. Here’s why:

  1.  Simple Comfort: The Butter Pie’s basic ingredients and easy prep make it a go-to dish. Its familiar flavours bring a sense of nostalgia and warmth.

  2. Versatility: While the classic Butter Pie sticks to potatoes and onions, you can mix it up. Add cheese, leeks, or herbs for a fun twist.

  3. Cultural Heritage: For many in Lancashire, the Butter Pie isn’t just food – it’s a piece of their history. 

A Closer Look at the Ingredients

The beauty of the Butter Pie lies in its simplicity. Let's take a closer look at the key ingredients that make this pie a Lancashire classic:

  • Potatoes: The heart of the Butter Pie is thinly sliced potatoes. They are the main filling, providing a hearty and satisfying base.

  • Onions: Onions add a sweet, savoury flavour that complements the potatoes perfectly. They also add a bit of texture and complexity to the pie.

  • Butter: The hero of the pie! Butter is used generously in the pastry and the filling, giving the pie its rich, creamy taste.

  • Seasoning: Simple seasoning like salt and pepper is all you need. Some recipes might add a touch of nutmeg for a bit of warmth.

How to Enjoy a Butter Pie

At Bowen Pies, we believe every pie should be a treat. Here’s how to make the most of your Butter Pie:

  • Serve it Warm: Fresh from the oven is best. If you’re reheating, use the oven to keep the crust crispy.

  • Pair with Traditional Sides: Mushy peas and gravy or a simple salad are great matches for the rich, buttery flavours of the pie.

  • Get Creative: Love the classic, but want more? Add cheese for extra indulgence, or sprinkle with fresh herbs like thyme or rosemary for a new twist.

The Modern Butter Pie

While we stick to the traditional recipe at Bowen Pies, the Butter Pie has seen some modern twists. Some people like to add a layer of cheese, which melts into the potatoes for an extra creamy texture. Others might add leeks or even a touch of garlic for a different flavour profile. These variations keep the Butter Pie fresh and exciting while honouring its traditional roots.

Order Your Bowen Pies Butter Pie Today

Ready to taste this Lancashire classic? Visit our online store and order a freshly baked Butter Pie from Bowen Pies. We hand make each pie with care, using top-notch ingredients to ensure every bite is delicious. 

Discover the taste of tradition with Bowen Pies. Our Butter Pie is more than just a meal – it's a slice of Lancashire history, lovingly baked to perfection in Chorley. Order now and experience the comfort and joy of this timeless classic!

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