East Midlands Food

East Midlands Food

Gooseberry Pork Pie…

 

(Mansfield Museum)

Really? Well, nearly…

Melton Mowbray may be famous for its pork pies – but Mansfield had its own version of this regional delicacy. The pie crust was the same, but the filling consisted of young gooseberries that ripened around the time of the traditional July Fair and were still firm enough not to make the pastry soft. Even so, to prevent the fruit and juice from falling out, the two halves of the pie had to be turned on their backs as soon as it was cut.

The fair itself dated  from 1377 under a charter granted by Richard II, but was last held in the 1920s. In 1927 two pies filled with 60 pounds of gooseberries were baked for the occasion by Councillor J. H. Mann, one cut during the fair in the Market Place by the Mayor, Alderman D.H. Maltby, and the other despatched to the town of Mansfield in the USA. Smaller pies were also sent to Mansfield people living elsewhere. The Mansfield gooseberry pie tradition is being revived this year. For more information and pictures of the pies being made, visit http://www.ourmansfieldandarea.org.uk/page_id__241_path__.aspx and http://www.mansfield103.co.uk/shows.php?s=85.
 
 

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A research project that looked at various aspects of food in the East Midlands, linking them with museum displays and objects in the region, and making the results available to as many people as possible in different formats.

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