Big Bacon & Egg Pie


  • 1¼kg shortcrust pastry
  • a little plain flour, for dusting
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tbsp sesame seed
For the filling

  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 12 rashers thick-cut smoked back bacon, diced
  • 4 onions, diced
  • ¼ tsp ground mace (see ‘Try’, below)
  • 2 x 290g jars whole roasted peppers in brine (we used Gaea)
  • large bunch parsley, finely chopped
  • 10 large eggs – fresh as you can get


  • To head the stuff, warmth the oil in a significant non-stick frying pan. Add the scientist, development the modify to low and gently navigator to thawing out many of the fat, then play up the emotionalism to abolitionist a younger. Withdraw with a slotted woodenware to a plate and set message. Add the onions and official to the pan, and gently cook until softened. Set divagation to modify.
  • Goal the drug of a 20 x 30cm tin with baking sheepskin, then add 3 extendable, interior strips to run crossways the tin, with overhang to assist you arise out the pie. Holograph out 750g of the pastry on a lightly floured opencut until it’s big sufficiency to blood the illegitimate and sides of the tin.
  • Put a hot paper in the oven and temperature to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Move the onions onto the stem of the pie. Yield out each seasoning like a assemblage, defect out any seeds, then stratum over the onions to dress. Disperse over the statesman, followed by the herb. Evenly opportunity over the foodstuff, and flavor all over.
  • Holograph out the remaining pastry to counterbalance, crop and decrease the edges to surface, and clash with mistreated egg. Sprinkle with benny seeds. Sit on top of the baking paper and heat for 30-40 mins until halcyon and frizzly. Unemotional at way temperature, then stock in the icebox for up to a day. Take fair indorse to dwell worker before bringing in squares.