Recipe: Classic Scotch Pie


Delve into the savory delights of Scottish cuisine with this recipe for Classic Scotch Pie. These handheld meat pies are a beloved snack or meal in Scotland, featuring a flavorful minced meat filling encased in a golden, flaky pastry crust. Whether enjoyed on the go or as part of a hearty meal, Scotch Pies are a culinary tradition that showcases the craftsmanship and flavor profile of Scottish baking.

History of Scotch Pies

Scotch Pies have a long-standing history in Scottish culinary heritage, dating back to the 19th century. Originally created as a convenient and portable meal for miners and laborers, Scotch Pies became popular street food across Scotland. Today, they remain a beloved comfort food, often served at football matches, festivals, and family gatherings.


For the Pastry:

300g all-purpose flour

150g cold unsalted butter, cubed

Pinch of salt

Cold water, as needed

For the Filling:

400g minced beef or lamb

1 onion, finely chopped

1 teaspoon dried thyme

1 teaspoon dried rosemary

Salt and pepper, to taste

Beef or vegetable stock, as needed (for cooking the filling)


Prepare the Pastry:

In a large bowl, combine the flour and salt. Add the cubed butter and rub it into the flour mixture using your fingertips until it resembles breadcrumbs.

Gradually add cold water, a little at a time, and mix until the dough comes together. Shape the dough into a ball, wrap it in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Make the Filling:

In a skillet, cook the chopped onion until softened. Add the minced meat and cook until browned.

Stir in the dried thyme, rosemary, salt, and pepper. Pour in enough stock to cover the meat mixture and simmer for 20-30 minutes until the liquid has reduced and the filling is thickened. Set aside to cool.

Assemble the Pies:

Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F).

Divide the pastry dough into equal portions and roll each portion into a ball. Roll out each ball on a lightly floured surface to about 1/8 inch thickness.

Line greased individual pie tins or ramekins with the pastry dough, ensuring there is overhang.

Fill each pastry-lined tin with the cooled meat filling.

Bake the Pies:

Roll out more pastry dough to create lids for the pies. Place the lids over the filled pies and crimp the edges to seal.

Cut a small slit in the center of each pie to allow steam to escape.

Brush the tops of the pies with beaten egg for a golden finish.

Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes until the pastry is golden brown and cooked through.

Serve and Enjoy:

Allow the Scotch Pies to cool slightly before removing them from the tins.

Serve warm as a snack or part of a meal. Enjoy with a dollop of brown sauce or tomato ketchup.

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Embrace Scottish Baking Tradition

Celebrate Scottish culinary heritage with homemade Scotch Pies, a delightful treat that combines tender minced meat with buttery pastry. Whether enjoyed at gatherings or as a quick snack, these pies are a flavorful embodiment of Scotland's rich food culture. Share the joy of Scotch Pies with family and friends, and savor the comforting flavors of traditional Scottish baking!