TWO stars of the small screen have been experiencing the pie pleasures of Denby Dale.
Si King and Dave Myers, better known as the Hairy Bikers, have been riding across the nation’s culinary landscape focusing particularly on home cooking.
On Thursday they’ll be spotted picking up a few tips from Denby Dale’s Dee Briggs as part of the BBC 2 series “Mums Know Best”.
It’s the first of a new series for the pair.
Dee is one of three great home cooks who form part of the first episode “comforting food”, and suitably enough for the village, she’s passing on a fantastic pie recipe.
She cooks up a meat and potato special using a recipe handed over for the very first time from her father, who’s well known for his perfect creations..
Denby Dale is world renowned for its huge, record-breaking pies.
The first recorded large-scale pie making in the village was in 1788 to celebrate the recovery of King George III from a major illness.
Since then nine other culinary epics have been baked in the village to coincide with special events and raise funds for local charities.
The Victory Pie was made in 1815 to celebrate the victory of the Duke of Wellington over Napoleon Boneparte at the Battle of Waterloo.
It was said to contain two sheep, 20 fowls and a half a peck of flour (7lbs) for the crust.
There was even one for the repeal of the Corn Laws.
More recently, in 2000, the village made a record-breaker which was 40ft long and weighing 10 tonnes.
The hairy bikers’ ambitions will be a little bit more humble.
The visit to Denby Dale culminated in a “recipe fair” where food lovers share the stories behind the food they love to eat with food historian, Gerard Baker, as well as swap recipes and try unfamiliar dishes.
The show is broadcast on BBC2 on Thursday, February 10 at 8pm.