Butter? A pie made of butter? Are you making this up?
So went the conversation between Lashes’ new beau, The Prof and his colleagues at the school where he teaches.
It seems that they’ve been inspired by the great big bake off, or whatever that programme about baking cakes is called, and every week they have a bake off.
Usually the cakes and pastries are light, fluffy and delicate. The Prof mentioned about butter pie and all hell broke loose.
Is this a northern oik thing? Is it a lard pie? What does it contain, just butter? The questions kept on coming until one bright spark suggested that there was no such thing and The Prof was simply making it up, therefore backing him into the corner of having to prove that such a thing existed. “Right! Right! I’ll bring one in for you.”
That, dear reader was when I entered the plot.
” Lesley…..do you think you could…?
So that was how I came to be making the Lancashire delicacy, butter pie. Although the word ‘delicate’ is a bit of a misnomer really as you can feel the fat forming on your hips as soon as you look at the thing. Nothing with name like ‘butter pie’ was going to come under the heading of healthy eating now, was it?
The pie was duly made and delivered for judgement. It was judged to be a success!
So what exactly is a butter pie?
Pretty much as the name suggests. The principal ingredient is butter, along with potatoes, pepper, onion and a puff pastry crust.
Just in case you feel like making this deliciously naughty, once a year treat which melts in the mouth and lands on your bum, here is the lazy person’s recipe. You may note that it isn’t the most exact recipe you’ve ever followed.
You will need: A few potatoes, an onion or two, a huge dollop of butter, plenty of salt and pepper, ready made puff pastry.
Method: Peel and chop the potatoes and onions. Add copious amounts of salt and white pepper.
Boil together until soft with a huge dollop of butter.
Strain most of the liquid off and transfer the mixture to a pie dish, using a potato masher squish it all down a little bit to crush the potatoes, just so it is nicely mushed but not smooth and dot with yet more butter. Season a bit more if needed.
Add the puff pastry lid, brush with milk and cook in a hot oven until the pastry crust is lovely and golden.
So there it is; delicious butter pie. Don’t set the healthy eating police on to me, I’m not suggesting you eat it every day. Enjoy!