Raised pork pie

Raised pork pie

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Prep: 45 mins Cook: 2 hrs, 20 mins plus cooling and chilling time

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Serves 10

Unsure how to make a pork pie? This traditional hot water crust pastry filled with pork shoulder and belly will ensure success

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    For the filling

    • 800g pork shoulder, minced or finely chopped
    • 400g pork belly, half minced and half chopped
    • 250g smoked bacon, cubed
    • ½ tsp ground mace
    • 2 large pinches ground nutmeg
    • 1 tbsp fresh chopped sage



      Popular in both Italian and British cookery, sage has long, grey-green leaves with a slightly…

    • 1 tsp fresh chopped thyme


      This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

    • ½ tsp salt
    • 1 tsp ground white pepper

    For the pastry

    • 575g plain flour
    • 200g lard
    • 220ml water

    To finish

    • 1 egg, beaten



      The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

    • 6 gelatine leaves
    • 300ml chicken stock


    1. Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. In a large bowl mix together all the ingredients for the filling.

    2. To make the pastry, put the flour in a large bowl, then put the lard and water into a small pan and heat gently until the lard melts. Bring just to the boil and then stir into the flour using a wooden spoon. When the mixture is cool enough to handle, (it should still feel very warm) knead well until smooth.

    3. Cut off 1/4 of the dough, wrap in cling film and reserve for the lid. Roll out the remaining dough to a circle and then place in the base of a non-stick 20cm springform cake tin. Working quickly while the dough is warm and pliable, press the dough evenly over the base and up the sides of the tin. Make sure there are no holes. Fill with the meat mixture and pack down well. Roll out the dough for the lid. Place on top of the pie. Pinch all around the edge to seal the pie. Make a hole for steam in the centre, using the handle of a wooden spoon.

    4. Cook in the oven for 30 mins then reduce the heat to 160C/140C fan/gas 3 and cook for 90 minutes. Brush the top with beaten egg and return to the oven for a further 20 mins. Leave until cold.

    5. Soak the gelatine in cold water for about 5 mins, then remove and squeeze out the excess water. Heat the stock until almost boiling. Remove from the heat and stir in the gelatine. Leave to cool to room temperature.

    6. Use a small funnel to pour the stock into the pie through the hole in the top. Pour in a little at a time allowing a few seconds before each addition. Place in the fridge to set overnight.

      Watch our pork pie video for techniques and tips.

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    Comments, questions and tips

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    2nd Nov, 2014
    I've made this pie several times, and by trial and error have now got the seasoning correct - I would cut down on the amount of fresh thyme as it can overpower the flavour. I use a loose bottomed tin (my christmas cake tin) and also place on an oven tray in case my lining skills fail on the day! I also try some of the seasoned meat - fry off a spoonful - before packing the casing to ensure I've got my seasoning correct. It does take longer than the 45 mins stated to prepare, even getting everyone out and in order of use. BUT - get it right and its a great pie for sharing.
    6th Sep, 2014
    Not enough flavour all you can taste is thyme! Took longer than stated and had a soggy bottom. Will definitely not do it again and stick to Paul Hollywood's version
    Charlie T
    4th Mar, 2014
    Today I made this pie. The ingredients I used were a little different from those recommended, using 750 grams of sausage meat, 180 grams of chopped gammon ham leftovers, and 350 grams of smoked bacon. I didn't have fresh sage so I used dried but forgot to add the thyme. The pastry was a challenge, so I lined the base of the cake tin first and then wrapped the sides in two halves. There appeared to be too much filling in the mixing bowl, but when pressed down into the tin filled it perfectly. The pie lid was easier to handle having kept it warm as instructions and when crimped to the pie side looked really pro! Cooking went well, although I forgot that springform tins leak and the resultant cooking liquid drips on to the oven bottom - use a cooking tray to avoid a cleaning job later. I made the chicken/gelatine stock probably too early so that by the time the pie had cooled, the mix had a partial set and was rather too thick so I was able to get in about only half the gel. The pie is now in the fridge and I look forward to tomorrow when the first slice can be sampled.


    10th Dec, 2017
    Woops! meant to ask: Is that the grade/bloom you use for all your recipes?
    goodfoodteam's picture
    15th Dec, 2017
    Thanks Liz, yes it is!
    10th Dec, 2017
    Thank you!
    Bolton Bill
    18th Mar, 2017
    I made a recipe I found in a newspaper for'Hand Held Chorizo and Lamb Pies'12',cooked in a muffin tin.It features a quail egg in a mini pie wrapped in a filling,and it says that before you put it in the oven to bake,you should put a hole in the top to let the steam out.I was just wondering that after they are baked,and although the recipe doesn't say it,would it be alright to put a little jelly(chicken stock and gelatine)in?
    goodfoodteam's picture
    27th Mar, 2017
    Thanks for your question. Without seeing the recipe we can't be absolutely sure but it sounds like that would be perfectly fine. Good luck!
    4th Dec, 2019
    I'm sure it was this recipe
    Bolton Bill
    16th Mar, 2017
    question:-I made the'Raised Pork Pie',and everything went well,and I followed the instructions religiously,but when I took it out of the the following morning,after filling it with the jelly,the top was okay,but the sides were pale.What am I doing wrong?
    goodfoodteam's picture
    16th Mar, 2017
    Thanks for your question. It sounds like you may need to have cooked the pie for slightly longer. Hope this helps in future.
    20th Sep, 2016
    Does anyone else have problems getting the jelly to go in? I have made this 4 times now and although it is lovely I can never get more than a few drops to go in!
    Bolton Bill
    16th Mar, 2017
    After you put the funnel in the top of the pie,and you start putting in a little bit at a time,get a wooden spoon,and using the other end of the spoon,and making sure it fits into the funnel,gently push the liquid through the hole.It takes some time,but you'll get there in the end.


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