Following the success of our biscuit making last week I am keen to try and bake or at least include the children in our dinner making more each week.
On Friday the three of us made a cheese and onion pie. Mr D is pie mad so I thought this would be a good one for him to get involved in.
To make a simple cheese and onion pie you need:
- Short crust pastry (I buy the pre made packs)
- 3-4 onions chopped
- 250g soft cheese like Lancashire or Cheshire
- Black pepper
- 3 x eggs (optional)
First we set about peeling the onions. I cut them in half first and showed them how to peel the skin off. They both enjoyed doing this and it was only right at the end that the onions started to hurt their eyes. I tried to explain why that was so, but I’m not sure they understood!
We then popped the peeled onion into the food processor and chopped them up – you can do this by hand but I prefer them to be really chopped and the processor gets them much smaller than I can manage by hand. Plus the children LOVE using the kitchen gadgets like the food processor – just look at Miss E!
We then melted some butter in a pan and fried the onions until they were soft. We added a lot of black pepper (I love black pepper in cheese and onion pie so always add a lot).
We then grated the cheese – Miss E struggled with this, she doesn’t have the strength to push down yet so I helped her but Mr D managed to grate his which he was very pleased about.
Once the onions had cooled we mixed the cheese in with it. I then rolled out the pasty for the pie, lined the tin and we put the cheese and onion mixture in. You can at this point add in eggs, but I didn’t this time as we didn’t have any eggs in and I think it tasted better so will make without the eggs in future.
The children loved being involved in making the pie and it is a good way to spend time together but also for them to learn practical skills.