Recipe by French Tart
This is such an easy and simple recipe to make, and yet the result is full of flavour, tasty and a real British classic. You will find this pie on the menu in Britain for lunch, afternoon tea, supper, as a snack, for a picnic, in a lunch box and I am also suggesting this recipe would be great for Brunch as well! This is another slightly adapted classic recipe from my trusty Be-Ro Flour cookbook. This can be made ahead and freezes beautifully - defrost overnight, on a cooling rack so the pastry does not get soggy! Please note, this has no spices in it - although I have suggested optional dried herbs. It is a classic, simple British recipe, where good free range eggs and dry cure bacon are the leading lights, along with crisp, shortcrust pastry! Who is Mrs Miggins? She runs that famous Olde English Pie Shoppe in Black Adder - I love that programme! NB: I note that one reviewer had never seen an Egg and Bacon Pie in any cafe or restaurant since living in the UK! By menu, I was also including the family's "home" menu; where I come from in England, it is very poplular on ALL cafe and tea room menus...........I understand food is very regional, even in a small country like the UK, and although it may not feature much in Manchester, it is a common and exceedingly popular every-day meal in most parts of the rest of the country. Great for a mid-week meal for all the family, cheap and cheerful!
- 8 ounces be-ro plain flour
- 4 ounces margarine
- 30 ml cold water, to mix, approximate
- 8 ounces smoked streaky bacon, rinds removed and chopped
- 3 large eggs, beaten or 4 medium eggs
- fresh ground black pepper
- 1 pinch mixed herbs (optional)
- milk or egg, to glaze
Directions See How It's Made
- Heat oven to 190ºC, 370ºF, Gas Mark 5. Line a 20 cm (8 inch) ovenproof plate or foil baking dish.
- Mix flour and salt in basin, rub in fat.
- Using a knife to cut and stir, mix with cold water to form a stiff dough.
- Turn dough on to a floured surface and knead lightly.
- Roll out and use as required below.
- Divide the pastry into 2, roll out and line the plate.
- Grill or fry bacon until crisp - drain off the fat. Add bacon to the beaten eggs along with the seasoning and herbs if used.
- Pour mixture onto pastry, dampen edges and cover with the second round of pastry.
- Seal edges and decorate with pastry leaves. Make a hole in the centre and brush with beaten egg or milk.
- Bake for about 35-40 minutes until golden brown.
- Serve warm or cold.
- Can be frozen for up to 1 month - defrost overnight on a cooling tray or rack. Can be re-heated in a slow oven if required.