Recipe: 25 mins Homity Pies

Cooked Homity Pies

Many years ago we often went to Covent Garden for our days out. We used to go regularly to shop, drink coffee, people watch and being as we were young - just 'be where you should be' in those days. Cranks had just opened their cafe and I immediately fell in love with these lovely rustic pies.

Taste and food knowledge has changed a bit over the years and I have adapted the recipe to our taste. Feel free to do the same - more garlic? chili flakes? or even chopped chorizo can be added. Once the basic little pie is mastered adapt to your taste too.

Homity Pie Recipe Book

1. Chop the onions and cook slowly in olive oil until very soft, boil the potatoes until cooked.
Three Onions and GarlicPeeled Onions and Garlic
Olive OilSaute the Onions
Boil the PotatoesCooking the Onions and Potatoes
2. When the onions and potatoes are cooked gently mix them together, add half of the grated cheese, the crushed garlic and some parsley. Fresh is best but dried is better than none. Add a tablespoon of milk.
Cooked Onions and Garlic
Add Cheese to PotatoesAdd Cheese and Onions
3. Roll out the shortcrust pastry - recipe here and line 6 little tins or one 8 inch straight sided tin.
Line with the Pastry
4. Divide the potato and cheese mix between the tins. Sprinkle the rest of the cheese on the tops.
Pastry Filled with Cheese Onions and Potatoes
5. Cook in a pre-heated oven 200°C for 25 minutes.
Cooked Homity Pies
6. Lovely in the summer served with salad and crusty bread in the garden with friends.
Finished Cheese Pie

Note: Normally I make the pastry for these lovely little pies with half wholemeal flour pastry - just use 4 ozs of wholemeal and 4 ozs of white. It's nice and slightly 'nutty' and I think it adds to the homely, rustic look. Vary the appearance of the pies by folding the pastry part way over the filling for a hand made look.

Hope you like them - let me know .... :~)

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