Thursday, 20 December 2007

"Four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie..."

I bought a pie bird last month and had the opportunity to use it a few days ago when I made a chicken, ham and leek pie with some guests over for dinner. Pie funnels/vents/birds are placed in the centre of the pie dish. They poke up through the pastry to support the crust, help prevent it from sagging and allow steam to escape so that the filling does not bubble over. And of course, it looks terribly cute especially if you're bringing the entire pie dish to the table to serve.

Blackbird pie funnel

A dainty dish to set before the king?

Blackbird in a pie

I had the song 'Sing A Song of Sixpence' going on and on in my head the entire evening.

3 comments:

Big Boys Oven said...

this is something new to me and great to know someone blogging from UK.. will drop by more often and chat more...!:)

Little Corner of Mine said...

What a cool little gadget! First time seeing this too!

Nilmandra said...

big boys oven: Thanks for dropping by :) Always nice to meet other food bloggers.

little corner of mine: I've never seen it till I came here too! It's quite nifty, and something kids will love, I'm sure, hehe.

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