Porkie pie ploughman’s

Porkie pie ploughman’s

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Prep: 40 mins Cook: 55 mins Plus chilling

A challenge

Pie serves 8

It's ambitious to make your own pie with hot water crust pastry, but it makes the perfect addition to a lunch platter with cheese, pickle, salad and bread

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freeze porkie pie only

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal507
  • fat35g
  • saturates15g
  • carbs27g
  • sugars1g
  • fibre2g
  • protein21g
  • salt1.2g
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    For the hot water crust pastry

    • 300g plain flour
    • pinch of sea salt, crushed
    • 1 large egg yolk, plus more beaten egg to glaze
    • 75g lard
    • 75g butter



      Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

    For the filling

    • 500g pork shoulder steak, roughly chopped
    • 200g smoked streaky bacon, roughly chopped
    • ½ tsp ground allspice
    • good grating of nutmeg



      One of the most useful of spices for both sweet and savoury

    • 1 tbsp finely chopped sage leaves



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

    For the jelly

    • 1 gelatine leaf
    • 500ml pot good-quality chicken stock, reduced to 200ml with 2 bay leaves

    To serve

    • choice of strong British cheese - cheddar, Stilton, Caerphilly, etc
    • choice of pickle - piccalilli, tomato, onions, apple chutney, etc
    • simple rustic bread, preferably sourdough
    • simple salad with radish, cherry tomatoes or celery


    1. Heat oven 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Grease and line a 900g loaf tin with baking parchment. For the filling, roughly chop the meat in a food processor – you should have minced pieces and chunkier bits. Alternatively, chop all the meat by hand. Mix through the spices, sage and some seasoning. Chill until needed.

    2. Soak the gelatine in cold water for 10 mins until soft while you reheat the stock. Squeeze out excess water from the gelatine and dissolve in the stock. Transfer to a jug and leave to cool at room temperature.

    3. For the pastry, mix the flour and salt in a large bowl and place the egg yolk on top. Gently heat the lard, butter and 75ml water in a saucepan. Once boiling, pour into the flour mix, stirring vigorously until well combined. Leave to cool briefly before forming into smooth dough. Cover with cling film.

    4. Roll out two-thirds of the pastry to a rough rectangle about 0.5cm thick. Lay the pastry into a 900g loaf tin and press evenly into the sides, making sure you leave some overhanging. You can patch up any holes with spare pastry. Fill with the pork mixture and roll the remaining pastry so that it is large enough to cover the pie. Brush the edges with beaten egg, drape over the lid and crimp to seal. Cut off any excess pastry (this extra can be used to decorate the top). Brush with more egg and make a hole to let steam escape. Bake for 45 mins until golden and cooked through. Leave to cool in the tin before removing. Chill for a few hrs. Pour jelly into the chilled pie through the steam hole using a funnel. Chill in the fridge for a few hrs more (preferably overnight) until the jelly is set.

    5. Build your ploughman’s on large plates or wooden boards. Serve the pie cut into slices with your choice of cheese, pickle, bread and a simple salad.

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    Comments, questions and tips

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    12th Oct, 2017
    Made this and came out perfectly, everyone was also very impressed, and will never buying shop bought again! (also didn't make the jelly as it isn't popular in my family, and it still worked)
    8th Jul, 2017
    Increase the amount of pastry. Then you can do without the edges of the rolled pastry which always splits with pastry this short..
    19th Dec, 2014
    Made this pie yesterday, and its excellent. As ever I used the pastry when it was still a little too warm - so it was more difficult to roll and fit to the loaf tin - but its still worked well. With the mix of butter and lard the pastry is richer than a basic lard mix, but is very tasty and quite short because of it. Main tip for anyone making a pork pie - fry a little of the mix and taste for to get the seasoning right before filling the case. Its worth the extra minute or two it takes.
    10th Jun, 2013
    Delicious and sooo much nicer than shop bought. Not as difficult as I thought - rolling out the pastry is the tricky bit. I won't be buying pork pies in the future!
    25th May, 2013
    1 tablespoon of powdered gelatin equals 4 sheets so presumably 1 tsp should do for this recipe.
    17th May, 2013
    Very hard to get leaf gelatine in west australia how much powdered gelatine would you use - can anybody help please
    16th May, 2013
    Following the instruction at end of para 3 to cover with cling film; how long before you proceed to para4?
    19th Dec, 2014
    The pastry needs to cool, but still be workable so that you can roll it and fit/mould it to the shape of the tin you're using. Its a matter of trial/error and experience. I'm still learning!
    15th May, 2013
    Have only just saved this recipe so can't comment on the result but it sounds a big improvement on one I tried some time ago so shall definitely try this some time.
    14th May, 2013
    Great recipe and really meaty. Pastry s bit tricky to handle, but result is great.
    18th Jan, 2017
    I would really love to try this recipe!! It looks and sounds heavenly!! How do I convert it to U.S. measurements? And where would I find the gelatin, would an online store be my best choice?
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    23rd Jan, 2017
    Thanks for your question. We would suggest using an online converter to change this recipe to US measurements. We have a converter which will change metric to imperial. This is great for converting weights. http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/conversion-guides#volume-conversion (Be aware that when converting liquid volume UK and US fluid ounces are different.) There is a guide to cup conversions here that might also be of use. https://www.dovesfarm.co.uk/resources/conversion-tables/us-cups-conversion-table/. We hope that helps. Leaf gelatine is available online if you can't get it in larger supermarkets.
    5th Jun, 2015
    Whenever I make a pie like this, the pastry always seems to stick to the filling and I can't pour any stock in, any suggestions please as a pie without the jelly is no pie at all!
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    10th Nov, 2015
    Hi there, sorry to hear you're having difficulties with your pork pie making. It's important that you use the size tin specified in the recipe and that you leave the cooked pie to cool before adding the stock and gelatine mixture. It might seem like there isn't any room but once the pork has cooked there should be some gaps you won't be able to see. We also recommend pouring the mixture slowly into the hole in stages. This video might be useful http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/technique/how-make-pork-pie let us know how you get on.
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