Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 45 mins
Cook 25 mins

This dish is not only ridiculously easy to prepare but is also made from scratch, giving you an extra excuse to gloat. Although this recipe is time-consuming, the onions can be cooked ahead of time and then thrown in with the base at the last minute, if you're in a rush. The original recipe is from Nigella Lawson's fantastic, "How To Be A Domestic Goddess," and I only changed it to make it a little easier for North American kitchens to prepare. Please enjoy! (Updated to reflect comments :D )

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees farenheit.
  2. Peel and halve the onions, then divide each half into 4 quadrants.
  3. Heat the first portion of butter in a large saucepan, then add the onions, stirring regularly. Cook over medium heat for about 30 minutes, or until tender and slightly browned.
  4. Add the rosemary, then press into the bottom of a baking dish (I use a casserole dish), sprinkling with about 1/4 cup of the cheese. Leave to sit.
  5. Pour the flour, baking powder and salt into a mixing bowl, and add the leftover cheese.
  6. In a seperate bowl, mix together the melted butter, milk, mustard, and egg, then pour all together over the flour mixture.
  7. Stir with a wooden spoon until you get a very goopy dough. Spoon the dough onto the onion mixture, making sure it covers the whole surface evenly and seals the edges.
  8. Pop the whole thing into the oven for about 15 minutes, turn the heat down to about 300 degrees, then give it about another 10 minutes, checking constantly for the top to be golden and crisp looking.
  9. Pull it out of the oven (the crust should test clean with a fork), and let it stand for a few minutes.
  10. Cover with a large plate, then flip it over, remove the baking dish, and voilà: Savoury French Onion Pie!


Most Helpful

Wonderful but different pie. Mine took much longer than stated but was easy to do.
Served with Tarragon chicken and madeleines for dessert.

adopt a greyhound October 07, 2010

Excellent Dish!!! The Ingredients list mentions milk but the Directions don't tell what to do with it. I added it to the egg/mustard mix. Also, what size baking dish? I actually used a casserole dish. Other than that it's simple & GOOD!!!

lee3lions May 19, 2009

This looks sooo impressive, as if you spent a lot of time putting it together but of course, you don't have to. I guess that's part and parcel of being a Domestic Goddess? Delicious,cooledskin. Thanks for making me look grand. I made this in a springform pan and it worked nicely.

sugarpea March 19, 2009

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