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Homity Pie in a white dish

Homity Pie

  • Author: Michelle Minnaar
  • Prep Time: 60 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 portions 1x


Learn how to make a homity pie, a classic British pie recipe. It is a shortcrust pastry pie crammed with potato and cheese.



  • 400g (1lb) shortcrust pastry
  • 600g (1⅓lbs ) peeled potatoes, cubed
  • 30ml (2 tbsp) butter
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) oil
  • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 large leek, peeled and chopped
  • 2.5ml (½ tsp) fresh thyme, finely chopped
  • 60ml (4 tbsp) double cream
  • 150g (5oz) Cheddar cheese, grated


  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/gas mark 5.
  2. On a floured surface, roll the pastry out to the thickness of 0.5cm (¼ inch) and 5cm (2 inches) wider than the tin you’re lining.
  3. Using your fingers, gently press the pastry into the corners of the tin, letting the excess hang over the sides of the tin.
  4. Using a fork, prick the base of the pastry.
  5. Line with baking parchment and fill with baking beans or dried pulses.
  6. Pop the pastry case in the oven and bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  7. Boil the potatoes in salted water for 5 minutes or until just tender. Drain and set aside to cool.
  8. Heat the butter and oil in a large frying pan and cook the onion and leek gently until soft and caramelised. This takes about 20 minutes.
  9. Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/gas mark 5.
  10. Add the thyme, cream and potatoes and give the mixture a stir. Remove from the heat and wait for it to cool down.
  11. Stir in half of the cheese then pour the filling in the pastry case.
  12. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top. [Optional: Garnish with fresh thyme sprigs.]
  13. Bake for 20 minutes or until the cheese has melted and the top is golden brown.
  14. After removing the pie from the oven, wait for the pie to cool down for 10 minutes before slicing with sharp knife.


  • I used a 24cm (9½ inch) pie tin.
  • The onion amounted to 225g (½ lb) and leek 150g (5oz).
  • Serve with a green salad and tangy dressing.
  • Category: Pie
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: British

Keywords: homity pie recipe, Cornish homity pie, traditional british pie recipe, cold weather comfort food