Mason Cash Elite Fusion Grey Pie Bird
Price: £5.45 (item reference: MC-PB-GY).
- ceramic pie funnel
- beautiful design
- stops pie from bubbling over
- makes a great gift
This pie bird or pie funnel from Mason Cash is designed to allow steam to escape from the inside of a pie while it is cooking, and prevent the contents from boiling over. It also helps keep the pastry top from sagging, and looks great in the centre of your pie.
Established in the 1800s, and renowned largely for their cane mixing bowls, and its partner, the traditional white pudding basin, Mason Cash have been synonymous with domestic kitchen and bakeware for over two centuries. They are now recognised all over the world, with their pudding basins still being used in the Royal British Household at Christmas time, for the Royal Christmas puds!
Pie birds have been in use since Victorian times and some celebrities, including Princess Diana, Nancy and Ronald Reagan, George and Barbara Bush and Margaret Thatcher have been known to use and collect pie birds.
Easy to use, you simply place the bird in centre of your pie dish, pour in your fruit or meat filling around the bird, then top it with your pastry, allowing the bird's head to poke through. The bird's mouth will then act as a vent, ensuring the filling does not bubble over and make a mess of your oven, and your pie.
Pie birds, in addition to their functionality, look great and make a fantastic conversation piece when entertaining guests!