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FOOD of the season! Chef constructs the ultimate Christmas pie that’s loaded with turkey and ALL the trimmings… but suggests, “Don’t try to count the calories”

  • Gareth Mason created a Christmas cake with turkey, gravy, vegetables, pigs in blankets and all the trimmings
  • The pastry is 10 inches in diameter and 5 inches deep and contains approximately 3,500 calories
  • The cake isn’t on sale yet, but Mr. Mason plans to make a smaller version closer to Christmas

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A master baker has created the ultimate Christmas dinner with all the trimmings – neatly crammed into a convenient festive pie.

Gareth Mason’s Christmas cake, which could feed a family of four, contains: turkey, veggies, stuffing, and even pigs in blankets, all stuffed into a crust and tied together with gravy.

The pastry measures 10 inches in diameter and 5 inches in depth, weighs over 35 ounces and has about 3,500 calories in total.

Mr Mason, 34, put together the cake while experimenting with a celebratory menu at the Absolute Bar and Bistro in Westhoughton, Bolton, where he is head chef.

He blind baked the dough and toasted the ingredients before filling the crust.

The pie isn’t on his menu yet, but Mr. Mason plans to make a smaller version closer to Christmas.

Gareth Mason's Christmas pie, which could feed a family of four, features turkey, veggies, stuffing, and even pigs in blankets, all stuffed into a crust and tied together with gravy
Gareth Mason's Christmas pie, which could feed a family of four, features turkey, veggies, stuffing, and even pigs in blankets, all stuffed into a crust and tied together with gravy

Gareth Mason’s Christmas pie, which could feed a family of four, features turkey, veggies, stuffing, and even pigs in blankets, all stuffed into a crust and tied together with gravy

Gareth Mason called the pie a

Gareth Mason called the pie a “Northern’s best Christmas present,” adding that turkey gravy was used to bind the pie together, as well as poured over the top for flavor. The above portions are estimates

Gareth Mason has come up with the perfect cake for Christmas 2021 at the Absolute Bar and Bistro, Westhoughton, Lancashire

Gareth Mason has come up with the perfect cake for Christmas 2021 at the Absolute Bar and Bistro, Westhoughton, Lancashire

WANT TO TRY THE PIE? HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

  • 17oz crumble dough – 2545 calories
  • 5.3oz Turkey – 229 calories
  • 7oz baked potatoes – 322 calories
  • 1oz filling balls – 110 calories
  • 1oz parsnip – 40 calories
  • 1oz shredded Brussels sprouts – 9 calories
  • 1oz roasted carrots – 9 calories
  • 1.7oz pigs in blankets – 122 calories
  • 3.38fl oz turkey gravy – 108 calories

Total: 3494 calories

Mr Mason said, ‘It’s a whole piece of pie. I wouldn’t even try to count the calories in it.

“We’ve got shredded Brussels sprouts, roasted carrots, parsnips, diced turkey breast, roast potatoes, stuffed balls and turkey gravy – all wrapped in a big, thick shortcrust crust.

“It would easily feed a family of four in one pie. It’s a standalone Christmas dinner. You could just drop it off on Christmas Day and all the legwork is done.

‘I made the dough quite thick, so that it stays well in the dish. I used about 500 g of dough, the pie itself should be at least 1 kg with the filling. It’s a good party.’

He called the pie a “Northern’s best Christmas present,” adding that turkey gravy was used to bind the pie together, as well as poured over the pie for flavor.

Mr Mason added: ‘I thought ‘I wonder what Christmas dinner tastes like in a pie”.

‘It’s actually delicious. It tastes exactly like Christmas dinner.

“I just did it to experiment to see how it would work and taste.

“We’ll have a party menu all December. I’ll probably have a pie, but it’ll be a little smaller than this one.”

The pastry measures 10 inches in diameter and 5 inches in depth, weighs over 35 ounces and has about 3,500 calories in total.
The pastry measures 10 inches in diameter and 5 inches in depth, weighs over 35 ounces and has about 3,500 calories in total.

The pastry measures 10 inches in diameter and 5 inches in depth, weighs over 35 ounces and has about 3,500 calories in total.

Mr Mason, 34, put together the cake while experimenting with a celebratory menu at the Absolute Bar and Bistro in Westhoughton, Bolton, where he is head chef

Mr Mason, 34, put together the cake while experimenting with a celebratory menu at the Absolute Bar and Bistro in Westhoughton, Bolton, where he is head chef

WATCH FAMILIAR?… HIS FISH AND CHIPS PIE FROM LAST YEAR

Christmas dinner isn’t the first classic British meal that Gareth Mason puts in a pie.

Last year, Mr. Mason had developed a stunning three-layer pastry with fish, chips and mushy peas in a crust.

In 2020 he worked as an executive chef at Retreat Restaurants, which owned three eateries in Lancashire and Greater Manchester, which were in ‘tier 3’ and therefore only open for takeaway.

Mr Mason conceived the pie with a layer of mushy peas and battered cod on a crusted pasta and topped off with hand-cooked chips.

Gareth Mason (pictured) created a unique fish and chip pie for Retreat Restaurants in Lancashire

Gareth Mason (pictured) created a unique fish and chip pie for Retreat Restaurants in Lancashire

The tasty creation was served as a hearty meal for level two drinkers and as takeaway for those on level three

The tasty creation was served as a hearty meal for level two drinkers and as takeaway for those on level three

Mr Mason had also created a ‘Lancashire Egg’ after much debate about whether a Scotch Egg was a substantial meal.

Using a duck egg – which is larger – he layered pork, black pudding and turkey before slathering it in sage and onion Panko for a festive theme.

He had said: ‘The idea behind the egg was to poke fun at the whole extensive meal debate about scotch eggs in pubs.

‘People have argued that if you add a salad, it becomes a hearty meal?

“I used a duck egg because it’s bigger to start with, covered with pork sausage and encased in sage and onion, and it’s served with a salad.

‘Both meals are no doubt substantial, so both would be great for a pub that also wants to serve beer.’

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