Humble Homity Pie

Starters —
ESSE baked Humble Homity Pie


6 people


Shortcrust Pastry made with wholemeal flour

  • 180g / 6oz flour
  • 90g / 3oz butter
  • 1 tablespoon water.

Pastry needs to be rolled and chilled in the tin.

Then bake blind at 180 for 10 minutes and without the baking beans for another 5 minutes. I am a great believer in baking blind even if it doesn’t mention it in a recipe. I hate soggy bottoms.


  • 3 potatoes, peeled, halved and boiled
  • 30g butter
  • 3-4 tbsp milk or cream (I used 2 tbsp crème fraiche and 2 tablespoons milk)
  • 450g / 1lb onions finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley or mix parsley, chives and thyme (I scattered thyme on top of the tomatoes)
  • 120g of hard cheese – I mixed Cheddar, Comte and Gruyere
  • Salt, pepper and two ripe tomatoes sliced for top of tart


  1. Roll pastry thinly and line large tart case or 6 small ones. Bake Blind for 10 mins, then another 5 mins without beans.
  2. Finely chop the onions and garlic and sauté in the olive oil slowly in a frying pan on a low heat. If they need a little water towards the end to keep softening add a tablespoon.
  3. Boil the potatoes until cooked. Drain and leave to steam for a little.
  4. Mash them with the butter and milk / crème fraiche. Add the onions and herbs and half of the grated cheese to the mashed potatoes. Season well.
  5. Leave to mash to cool to tepid. Pop into the tart case and smooth.
  6. Sprinkle on the remainder of the cheese. Top with the sliced tomatoes and thyme.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes until gratinéed and bubbling.
  8. Leave to cool and serve with a green salad or wrap and take on your picnic.

Recipe by Miranda Shearer, Sandpits Heating Centre.

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