The Queen’s 90th birthday is set to be marked with pomp, pageantry and.... a posh pie from a Doncaster family bakery.
The Topping Pie Company has baked a special ‘Queen’s Pie’ and will deliver it to the royal chef at Windsor Castle on April 20 ahead of the monarch’s birthday the following day.
Developed from an original recipe by Maggie Topping who took inspiration from Victorian pies, the 2.2kg Queen’s Pie is a three layer combination of pork meat and game.
The 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, said: “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 as three generations welcomed The Princess Royal to their bakery in Chappell Drive in 2009 during a tour of Doncaster.
Andrew Coombe, lord-lieutenant of South Yorkshire, 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 also went on sale at the Topping Pie outlets in Doncaster market and the Frenchgate 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.
The company has won more than 43 awards, including 33 three-star Gold Great Taste Awards.
The Queen celebrates two birthdays each year:- her actual birthday on April 21 and her official birthday on a Saturday in June.
The sovereign’s official birthday takes place on Saturday, June 11, this year and celebrations are planned in countries across the Commonwealth.