A classic pork pie, perfect for a picnic, ploughman’s or plastering with mustard… It’s a winner every time!

Filling:

400g/14½oz Pork Shoulder (Chopped)
150g/5oz Lean Bacon (Chopped)
1 Tbsp Fresh Thyme (Chopped)
1 Tbsp Fresh Rosemary (Finely Chopped)
1 Tsp Ground Mixed Spice
2 Tsp Worcestershire Sauce
Salt & Ground Black Pepper

Pastry:

450g/16oz Plain Flour
50ml/2fl oz Whole Milk
50ml/2fl oz Warm Water
150g/5¼oz Lard, Chopped
1 Free Range Egg Yolk, Beaten
Salt & Ground Black Pepper

 

1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.

2. For the filling, place half of the pork shoulder and bacon into a food processor and pulse to a coarse mince.

3. Combine with the rest of the pork, bacon, thyme, rosemary, mixed spice and two teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce, and season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

4. For the pastry, sift the flour and salt and freshly ground black pepper into a bowl and set aside.

5. In a pan, heat the milk, water and lard together and gradually bring to a simmer, or until all the lard has melted.

6. Bring the milk mixture up the boil and then pour this onto the flour mixture. Mix well with a wooden spoon to create a firm dough.

7. Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface and knead the dough quickly for a few minutes.

8. Roll the dough out flat, then press the dough into a pork pie tin.

9. Spoon the meat mixture into the pastry-lined pork pie tin.

10. Roll out the remaining quarter of pastry so that it’s slightly larger than the tin all round.

11. Brush the beaten egg yolk all over the pastry lid, then place the pastry on top of the meat mixture and press down the edges to seal.

12. Cut a small hole in the top of the pastry and transfer into the oven for 45 minutes to one hour, or until the pastry is golden-brown and the meat is completely cooked through.

13. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tin.

14. To serve, turn the pie out of the tin and slice.