THE Queen’s 90th birthday will be marked with pomp, pageantry and…. a posh pie from a Yorkshire family bakery.
Doncaster-based The Topping Pie Company has baked a special ‘Queen’s Pie’ for Her Majesty The Queen and It has been delivered to the Royal Chef at Windsor Castle today ahead of the monarch’s actual birthday tomorrow.
Developed from an original recipe by Maggie Topping who took inspiration from Victorian pies, the 2.2kg Queen’s Pie is a delicious 3-layer combination of pork meat and game.
Maggie’s recipe teams British Red Tractor pork meat with a double layer of duck breast and guinea fowl breast marinated in mandarin orange segments, juice and orange curd and a layer of mandarin orange, Cointreau and orange juice stuffing, topped off with mandarin orange segments.
Roger Topping, managing director, The Topping Pie Company commented
“We decided to celebrate our monarch’s special birthday by baking a pie to an original recipe created by my wife, Maggie, whose love of home baking really changed the landscape of our business. We are delighted to be given permission to deliver it to The Queen’s Chef for her to enjoy.”
The Topping family are no strangers to Royal attention, when three generations welcomed The Princess Royal to the new bakery in 2008 during a tour of Doncaster. As part of her visit, The Princess Royal tasted award winning pies and unveiled a commemorative plaque.
HM Lord-Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, Mr Andrew Coombe said:
"I know that the Princess Royal very much enjoyed visiting Toppings pies and it pleases me greatly that the company has carried on its proud association by producing the commemorative offering. It is a touching gesture that has been graciously received by Her Majesty's chef."
Limited Edition versions of the Queen’s Pie will also go on sale for the general public at the Topping Pie outlets in Doncaster market and the Frenchgate Shopping Centre, as well as at Selfridges, Oxford Street and Fenwicks Food Hall in Newcastle.
The Queen marks her milestone birthday after becoming Britain’s longest serving monarch, surpassing her great great grandmother Queen Victoria last year.
Events to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday include The Patron’s Lunch, a mass street party held on The Mall for 10,000 guests on Sunday 12 June 2016.
The Topping Pie Company diversified from a small family butchers shop founded in 1961 to become a multi-award winning speciality pie business supplying a wide range of handcrafted products to retail, independents, wholesale and export customers – but it still retains its traditional family roots and the original Doncaster market butchers shop.