Friday, 3 May 2013

a pie and a cupcake

i didn't grow up eating egg and bacon fact i didn't even know it existed until i had it at a friend's many years ago but it was love at first bite and my affection for it hasn't waned after all these years.. i don't make it often though because pastry is so artery unfriendly and that's a bit of a problem for me because i just love making pastry..i'll use any excuse to get the rolling pin out and a friend coming for lunch was a good enough reason to make my version of this classic dish..i served it hot with a good quality tomato chutney (maggie beer) and a home grown green leaf (dandelion, rocket, oak leaf lettuce, watercress and nasturtium) salad with edible flowers (marigold, nasturtium, violet and dianthus) and a fresh pomegranate juice dressing..and i made cardamon, currant and candied orange peel cupcakes to have with our bottomless pot of tea..

egg and bacon pie
tea with hazel


150 gms diced cold unsalted butter
300 gms plain flour
iced water with a squeeze of lemon juice
1 cup of grated cheddar (i used a cloth bound english cheddar)
1 teaspoon (tsp) chilli flakes
1 tsp salt (i use murray river salt)
12 eggs
6-8 rashers bacon cut into 2-3 cm pieces lightly cooked and drained on kitchen paper
1/4 cup of chives cut fine
1/4 cup parsley cut fine
2 tablespoons milk
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp pepper

method pastry

~ place flour in the bowl of a food processor, add salt and butter, and process until the butter resembles fine bread crumbs
~ add half of the cheese and slowly add water, while using the pulse function, until the dough starts to form a ball
~ remove the dough from the bowl onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently
~ divide the dough into a third and two third pieces and shape in flat rounds
~ wrap in cling film and refrigerate for an hour

assembling the pie

~ roll the larger piece of pastry to fit the bottom and sides of a 30 cm diameter pie dish trimming the pastry to the top edge of the dish and then refrigerate while rolling out the remaining pastry to fit the top of the pie
~ sprinkle the base of the pastry with the remaining cheese, add half of the bacon, add eggs and chives, parsley, salt and pepper and then remaining bacon
~ moisten the edge of the pastry with the milk and add the pastry top turning the bottom pastry over the top to form a seal
~ roll out scraps and cut out a rooster
~ brush the top of the pie with milk and place the rooster in the centre
~ carefully pierce the top with the point of a knife a few times avoiding the egg yolks
~ bake at 210 deg c for 15 minutes, reduce heat to 180 deg c and cook until the pie is well browned

cardamon, currant and candied orange peel cupcakes
tea with hazel


155 gms unsalted butter
2 tablespoons muscovado sugar together with enough castor sugar to make 2/3 cup in total 
1 1/2 cups self raising flour sifted
2 eggs
1/2 cup currants
3 teaspoons (tsp) finely diced candied orange peel (see recipe here)
2 1/2 tsp powdered cardamon 
1/4 tsp vanilla essence
pinch salt
1 tsp cardamon mixed with 2 tbs castor sugar


~ cream butter, sugars and salt until pale 
~ add eggs one at a time mixing well between additions
~ gently fold in flour, peel, currants, essence and cardamon
~ divide between 10-12 cupcake cases and sift the tops with the cardamon/castor sugar mix
~ cook at 195 deg c for 15-20 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer


  1. This post is just lovely Jane :). I remember egg and bacon pies made by both my mum and my gran and those cupcakes are pure genius. A blend of old and new spices and they make me lust for currant eccles cakes :). A great way to start the weekend and cheers for sharing :)

    1. thanks trts..i wonder whether egg and bacon pie wasn't made much in south australia where i'm originally from because i never saw it there and the first time i came across it was here in victoria..

  2. Yum!! I'm waiting for an invite to tea! The cupcakes sound relish, may have to try them.

    1. i would love to have you here for tea wcd..but i won't put the kettle on just yet! x

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  4. currants, cardamom and orange peel...fantastic combination Jane. Team that with a pot of chai, and oh yes, that sounds like a lovely afternoon indeed.

    1. thanks was a lovely afternoon..