Best cheese and onion pie

    1 hour 45 min

    A lovely cheese and onion pie done with a hot water crust pastry, which is made with milk instead of water. Tip: Use the pastry while still warm, it's easy to roll out.


    Lincolnshire, England, UK
    963 people made this

    Serves: 4 

    • 50g unsalted butter
    • 2 large onions, chopped
    • 800g Cheddar cheese, grated
    • 2 large eggs
    • 5 tablespoons double cream
    • sea salt and black pepper to taste
    • 1 beaten egg yolk, to glaze
    • Pastry
    • 675g plain flour
    • 255g unsalted butter
    • 250ml full fat milk

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:1hr  ›  Extra time:15min cooling  ›  Ready in:1hr45min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
    2. For the pie: Melt the 50g butter in a pan and gently fry the onions on a low heat until soft, then leave to cool.
    3. Mix the onions into a bowl with the grated cheese, eggs, cream and seasoning, and mix thoroughly with your fingers.
    4. For the hot water crust pastry: Warm a mixing bowl and sift in the flour. Make a well in the centre.
    5. Heat the butter and the milk in a saucepan over medium high heat until just boiling. Pour into the well in the flour. Mix quickly. Continue mixing the pastry until the dough is smooth.
    6. Divide the pastry into two balls, keeping one a little larger than the other. Roll out the larger ball of pastry into a lined greased baking tin. Tip the cheese and onion mixture into the pastry case.
    7. Moisten the edges of the pastry and cover with the rolled-out top piece, crimping the edges together carefully. Brush beaten egg over the top, and make a hole in the middle.
    8. Bake in the oven for 50 to 60 minutes until golden brown and the cheese is bubbling from the hole.
    9. Allow to cool before serving.

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    Delicious! This was simply the best i've ever made! Though i added 100g Gruyere cheese and 150ml of double cream. Lovely and moist and slightly runny.....yum!  -  09 Sep 2012


    Delicious, didn't have enough cheddar cheese so half was made up with Mozzarella cheese, will definitely be making again. Thanks  -  15 Dec 2012


    My husband made this pie and it was so tasty i would definately recommend this to any cheese and onion pie lover. thanks for the recipe love it Mummybear 50  -  01 Oct 2012