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Cook your own Forgotten Food – Huntingdon Fidget Pie

Cook your own Forgotten Food – Huntingdon Fidget Pie
Cook your own Forgotten Food – Huntingdon Fidget Pie

When a name as great  as ‘Huntingdon Fidget pie’ gets mentioned it is hard not to get excited, even though you might not even have an idea what it is or where it comes from.

A quick internet search and I soon learned that this pie hails from the town of Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire, which is well known as the birthplace of Oliver Cromwell, the home of the notorious Earl of Sandwich but not, it would seem, for the Huntingdon Fidget pie.

The Fidget pie is to the Midlands what pasties are to the Cornish, or what Scotch pies are to the Scots. Variations can be found across the Midlands, such as the Shropshire and Cheshire Fidget pies. These pies were traditionally served to workers on orchards during harvest when there was an abundance of apples.

The two essential ingredients in a Fidget pie are bacon and apples. Normally you will find onions and cider as well, while other variations contain potatoes or are prepared in different ways, the Huntingdon Fidget pie has a pastry casing with a distinctive hole in the top where the pastry has been pulled back to reveal the filling.

In an article written back in 2007, our board member Matthew Fort attempted to track down a Huntingdon Fidget pie in Huntingdon, and, to his surprise, was unable to find one. We made another effort, however were unable to find a producer or baker ourselves. It would seem that this wonderful food is slowly becoming a forgotten part of Huntingdon’s history. This is why we have recently included this great product into our Ark of Taste programme, also including 79 other threatened British products.

Apples and bacon cooked inside a beautiful pie crust what’s not to like about it? If we weren’t able to find a pie to eat then we needed to make one. Looking at different recipes for the pie it would seem that the key is simplicity. Our partners Booths have a great recipe on their website, which sticks to the traditional recipe adding onions and cider to compliment the two main ingredients as well as to give the pie a bit more moisture. We made one in the office to see if it tastes as good as it sounds. I found it incredible how remarkably easy it was to make and judging by the empty plate at the end of lunch it went down well. It is really simple but tastes great and is good way to use up apples while they are in season.

If you have any recipes for the Huntingdon Fidget pie or if you know of anywhere you can buy one we would love to hear from you. In the mean time we suggest that a great way to welcome in the new apple season is to tuck into a Huntingdon Fidget Pie.

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  1. Nick Dyne

    The Pike and Eel pub in Needingworth Cambs is now offering it. My wife had one today, we had never heard of it before and it was delicious. It was searching for the recipe that I cam across your site.
    Going to make one this week end to get rid of some bramleys.

    Oct 04, 2013 @ 10:33 pm


  2. CommunicationsSFUK

    Thanks for letting us know! We will definitely look into it as so far we haven’t had any luck tracking one down. Good luck with the pie, its a great way to use up excess apples. For our pie we used bramley apples and would reccomend adding a bit more sugar as they are quite sharp.

    Oct 09, 2013 @ 11:10 am

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