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Pork Pie


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A traditional Somerset recipe for a tasty Pork Pie. Back to main recipe index page.



Somerset Pork Pie

Ingredients needed to make the pastry


500g plain flour

salt and black pepper

70ml milk

70ml water

75 grams unsalted butter, cubed

75 grams lard, chopped

2 egg yolks, beaten


Ingredients needed to make the Pork Pie filling

400g pork loin, chopped

100g streaky bacon, chopped

Parsley, finely chopped

Salt and black pepper

2 eggs, beaten

1 chicken stock cube

150ml boiling water

2 leaves gelatine



Preheat the oven to 200C. Grease a muffin tin.

 To make the pastry, sift the flours into a bowl and rub in the butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Bring the water and salt to a boil then add the lard and stir until the lard has melted. Pour the lard and water over the flour mixture and stir to form a dough. Quickly work the dough into a smooth ball. Roll the pastry out to a thickness of about 3mm. Cut out six 15cm circles and use each circle to line a hole in the muffin tin. Cut six 10cm circles for the lids and set them aside.

To make the filling, put the onion, pork, bacon and parsley into a bowl, season with salt and freshly ground black pepper and mix until well combined. Spoon the mixture into each lined pie case. Brush the edge of each pie case with a little beaten egg, place the lids on top and crimp the edges together to seal completely. Make a small hole in centre of each pie and bake in the oven for 45 minutes. When the pies are cooked, set them aside to cool for 15 minutes.

To make the jelly, dissolve the stock cube in the boiling water. Soak the gelatine in a little cold water until soft then squeeze out excess water and whisk into the warm chicken stock. Pour the gelatine mixture into the hole in the top of each pie until the hollow cavity within the pie is filled. Allow the pies to set in the fridge overnight.

Serve with mustard or pickle.



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