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Kentish Pie

I’m not too sure how to describe this dish, it’s like a cross between a pie and a quiche and totally delicious.
I found the recipe on Jenny Eatwell’s Rhubarb and Ginger site via Carole’s Chatter Food on Fridays.    She has a fun idea, she asks bloggers to link a recipe or recipes, every Friday.  Each Friday has a theme and guess what it was a couple of weeks ago, yup Pies and Tarts, in fact, here’s the link,   Carole’s Chatter Food on Friday: Pies and Tarts.    There were over 250 recipes submitted.     I looked at a few of them,  I saw this.

A Kentish Pie.

I had to look, and when I did,  I decided that this was just fun enough and different enough to make for Tapas Night.   So I did.   Make it that is.

And it got eaten.    There weren’t even any leftovers.

I think this would make a fantastic dinner meal, served with a side of veggies, but it’s also a good potluck dish.   And you can bake it beforehand, take it out of the pie pan, and serve it at room temperature.  How cool is that?  Especially down here in the South where you don’t want the oven going and heating up the house in the afternoon.

I also made a short crust from scratch, mainly cause I wanted to keep my hand in.   And now I think I’m going to make a couple more batches and keep in the freezer, for the times I make a chicken pot pie.  This was one of the best recipes I’ve ever made.   I found the recipe here, and while I did tweak it a little, it was great.  I’ll share the recipe in a separate post.

Gotta keep you reading here, one way or another.

Now for the Pie.
It has Apples, Bacon and Cheddar in it.   I know, what a combination, but oh so very good.   However I have to say this up front, I did not cut the apple slices thick enough.  Next time, they will be thicker.   And next time, I would like slightly thicker bacon as well.    I think it would be tastier.

Pie Pastry, enough for the top and bottom of the pie  (I’ll be posting my recipe in the next day or so for this, but go ahead and use commercial pie crust).
12-14  slices good meaty bacon, cooked slightly crisp and chopped or broken into pieces.
8 oz.  Good Sharp cheddar cheese, cut into small pieces
2 apples, peeled, cored and cut into slices
8 eggs, lightly beaten, plus one egg yolk for glazing.  (I used the extra egg white in with the other eggs.)
3 tablespoons heavy cream (if you’re in Europe, use Double Cream)
Fresh ground Black Pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Roll out or place one sheet of pie crust in a pie pan.   Cut off any overhangs with a sharp knife.  Or you can leave it rustic looking.    You can either put some pie weights, or some dried beans on the bottom of the crust to keep it from puffing up or just prick the bottom with a fork.   I pricked it with a fork cause I don’t have either dried beans or pie weights.  Bake for about 15 minutes, or until it is just done.   Set aside to cool.   Roll out the other sheet of pie crust and set aside for a few minutes.

While it is baking, fry the bacon up and set aside to cool.   Prepare the apples, peeling, coring and slicing them,

and then cut the cheese into small chunks.

Whisk eggs and cream together with a few good grinds of pepper.  You know how much you like in your food, and as for me, I did about a half-dozen grinds.  Don’t really know how much that was.

Place a layer of bacon first into the cooked pie shell,

then add a layer of cheese,

then the apple slices.

Repeat with another layer of each.

Pour the lightly beaten eggs over the top,


and kind of shake the pie pan a little so there aren’t any air bubbles in there.  I picked up the pie pan and set it sharply down on the counter a couple of times.  Like you do when baking a cake, you don’t want any large bubbles in that either.  Brush the edge of the cooked crust with some of the egg yolk, this will help to ‘glue’ the top crust to it.

Place the second sheet of pie crust on top, and crimp the edges together lightly.  Cut off the excess pie dough if you like and use to make decorations with it.

Cut a couple of slits in the top, to let the steam escape, and then brush the whole thing with rest of the egg yolk.

Not only does this make it look pretty, but you can now ‘glue’ any decorations to it, that you made with some of the leftover dough.

Place in oven.   I usually put either a sheet of aluminum foil under to catch any drips or just place it on a larger cooking sheet.

Bake for about 50 minutes at 350 degrees.   Take out of oven and let cool to room temp.   Serve.

This pie was very easy to take out of the tin, once it had cooled, which made it much easier to slice and serve.

I am going to make this again, but I’m going to tweak it a little more.   I really liked the combination of flavours, but the cheese got kinda lost in there.   I think next time I will add a little more cheese, and in fact will change it up a little and use some Colby Jack Cheese.     And as I said before, I will also cut the apple slices a little thicker, they kinda got lost inside.

Go ahead and try this for a nice change of pace.   Personally, I think I’m going to try taking this on a picnic.  It’s hearty, substantial and fun.

Pork Chops with Apples and Raisins Danish Style

One of my favorite meals growing up was my Mom’s Pork Chops with Apples and Raisins.   I would inhale the pork chop, grateful for every drop of luscious apple gravy on it.   I still make this dish, and every time I make it, get transported back to the farm and the halcyon days of childhood.  OK, so I might exaggerate a little here, but really, it is one of my favorite dishes.    It’s been awhile since I’ve made anything Danish so here goes.


You can use any kind of pork chop with this, for today I’ve got some slices of a pork loin, but this dish works very well with bone in chops as well.  And the long slow cooking tenderizes the pork very nicely.

To start with, brown the amount of chops you need for your family in a little hot oil.

You don’t need to cook them all the way through.

Place the chops into a greased oven safe dish, salt and pepper them

sprinkle with a couple of tablespoons of vinegar,

then cover them with some sliced apples and a handful of raisins, and the last item, a couple of tablespoons of brown sugar.  Yup, brown sugar.

Cover and bake in a 325 deg. oven for half an hour,

then take the cover off and bake for another 45 minutes.  There will be some liquid left in the pan, which will be sweet.  This is great spooned over the chops when you serve this dish.   You can serve this with some lovely boiled red potato’s, some green beans and maybe a nice grated carrot salad.

I think I mentioned at the beginning that I like this dish, so bear with me for the following pictures.


Now pardon me, I need to go and finish eating.

Here’s the recipe:

4 Pork Chops
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1/2 cup water
2 Apples, cored and sliced
1/2 cup Raisins
2 Tablespoons Cider Vinegar
2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
Salt and Pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.   Grease an oven proof pan and set aside while you core and slice the apples, set those aside.     Heat the 2 tablespoons olive oil in a skillet til shimmering, then add the pork chops to the skillet and brown quickly on each side, you don’t need to cook them all the way.   After they’ve browned, place them in the oven proof pan and layer the apples on top.   Deglaze the pan with about a half cup of water and pour that over the apples.  Sprinkle evenly with the raisins, then sprinkle the dish with the  2 tablespoons of  Cider Vinegar, after which you sprinkle the Brown Sugar on top.  Cover and bake for half an hour, then remove the cover and continue to bake for another 45 minutes.

Quick hint – If you’re out of Brown Sugar, you can make your own by pouring a tablespoon of Molasses over a cup of white sugar, stirring it together, then sealing it in a container and setting aside for an hour for the sugar and molasses to meld together.