Sunday, 24 September 2006

Butter Pie aka Friday pie or catholic pie





















Today saw an attempt at "Butter Pie" - traditional Lancashire delicacy. Or for those not in the know, potato and onion pie, traditionally served on a Friday so as to comply with the catholic rule of not eating meat on a Friday. Apparently my version is a little dry when compared with commercial avaliable versions, but very tasty all the same, of course should be served with HP or Heinz tomato sauce if liked, pickled red cabbage or beetroot all work well.

To make the shortcrust pastry

Ingredients
  • 8oz of plain flour
  • 2oz butter
  • 20z white fat (dripping / lard or veg fat)

Method
Blend in food processor and then drizzle in just enough cold water to make the pastry form a ball.
Leave in the fridge to rest for 1/2 an hour

In the mean time, peel 3 large potatoes and 1 onion, cut the potato into large chunks and the onion in to half moon rings. Parboil for approx 20 mins until potatoes are just soft but still holding there shape. Drain and slice into your pie dish , into which you have rolled out a bottom layer, layer in the onions, salt and pepper and flecks of butter. Top off with your top layer of pastry. Bake at 180 degrees for approx 1/2 hour until golden. Serve immediately with your preferred condiment.

27 comments:

Neil Doherty said...

After an afternoon of looking, this is officially awarded the "Only Butter Pie Recipe on the World Wide Web Award". Nice one!

Dean Larder said...

Whenever Im in the moood for Butter Pie, this is the receipe I use. It's pie far the greatest!

Paul Redman said...

If you use twice as many ingredients, it makes twice as much Butter Pie, so feeds twice as many people. Unless I'm eating it, as I'll have all of it; I love butter pie!

Phil Shooter said...

Fnstasitc!

Mike said...

The odds of this being the only Butter Pie recipe on the web are about 3 billion to one. Given the choice of that bet and following this recipe to eat some lovely butter pie, I'd choose the pie - it's always a winner!

An American said...

I've decided to make a movie documentary about the effect that eating the world's best pie has on your health if you eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It will be called Super-pie Me.

A Wally said...

I had an idea - use this recipe to make a massive walkway across the county of Lancashre at about 500 feet above head height, to allow tourists to enjoy the beautiful sights of our county. I applied for a grant, but they said it was just pie in the sky.

John F Choice said...

If you're struggling to get hold of butter pie, I can get you five. Oh, except they're cheese and onion. And they're pasties.

Jason Biggs said...

After seeing American Pie, I enjoyed pleasuring myself with cherry pie and, as this compulsion became stronger, have since enjoyed several liaisons with beautiful butter pies. Concerned that it was a problem, I spoke to my doctor. He said it was nothing to get too worried about, but suggested that Im probably pie-sexual.

Sophacles said...

A pie is just a pie,
Unless its but a pie
Then the pie thats just a pie
Is probably butter pie.
Shabba.

John F Choice said...

NEWS OF NEW DELIVERY

Further to the recent run on Cheese and Onion pasties that everyone ordered but I never delivered, I can confirm that I have a new lot of exactly the same thing. For ease of reference they will be called I cant Believe its Not Butter Pies.

Northern Boy in South said...

If Im after a filling lunch, Ill usually have a butter pie to ensure that I am satisfied, full, delighted and, of course, to ensure that I dont need anything more to eat until my mid-afternoon snack!!. That said, it will only fully satisfy me so long as I have had a large big mac meal with 3 cheeseburgers first.

Sarahs Husband said...

Whilst I followed this recipe to the letter, I found my home made chin pies was much bigger.

A Leading Economist said...

The recession will hit us all. Hard. In order that you can enjoy this kind of treat during an economic downturn, i'd recommend Margarine instead. Not on it's own mind, but as a replacement for butter in the recipe. That would be ridiculous.

The sez meister said...

How do. Pie was reyt good, photo was not reyt good. Reyto. Ta ra.

Pie! Yippee! said...

Pie! Yippee!

d0gMa said...

I did this recipe without onions but its still nice:

spuds, peeled and sliced, boiled in vegetble stock til soft but not falling apart,

drain the stock

add salt, pepper and butter and layer in a dish.

cover with jus-roll (or similar) shortcrust pastry.

cook until pastry is golden

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Chicken Recipes said...

Andhra style chicken recipes are well known for taste and spicy of different kind! you don't get this kind of food taste with any style recipes.

gilly said...

I don't come from a catholic family but a large family and can remember this pie being a weekly dinner, made with dripping :)

Anonymous said...

The butter wouent melt so I pu it in the pie.

ashton53 said...

Ooh I love butter pies - but never made one before (usually I make steak ones). Will have to give this recipe a go the next time I fancy a butter pie.

looby said...

This is word for word exactly the same recipe as at Astrochef's, including the misspelt word "there" in the instructions about the potatoes.

Who's plagiarsing who?

Linzi_Barrow said...

Thanks Looby for pointing that out, Astrochef is plagirising me, this recipe has been copied several times unfortunately.

This is my original family recipe

looby said...

Thank you Linzi -- I suspected as much when I check out your credentials. Sorry to hear that your work is stolen like that.

Never mind, I'm making it today and looking forward to it!

Unknown said...

I only ever heard of butter pie yesterday (Thursday) from a work colleague. Am looking forward to giving it a go

Unknown said...

I only ever heard of butter pie yesterday (Thursday) from a work colleague. Am looking forward to giving it a go

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