The Forfar Bridie

Scotland is famous for its pies, and the Forfar Bridie is renowned the world over. (By the way, if YOU have a Scottish Recipe you'd like to share with others on this site, please contribute HERE).

Forfar is not in Fife; it is a small town in the county of Angus, which is easy to get to from the Kingdom as it's not too far over the

Tay Bridge . The Author of "Peter Pan", J.M. Barrie, came from Kirriemuir, which is very near Forfar. Perhaps it was him who helped give the Forfar Bridie its world-wide fame by mentioning it in "Sentimental Tommy"

The bridie is similar to look at as a Cornish Pastie, with its horseshoe but it is mostly meat and onions and doesn't have potatoes in its ingredients and I think the Bridie's pastry isn't quite as hard. Some recipes use flaky pastry, while others suggest shortcrust. It's very different to the Scotch Pie which is made with Hot Water Pastry. Other pies such as Savoury Mince Pie are made with shortcrust or puff pastry.

However, regarding Bridies, I have to confess I have only made them once in my life and that was a long time ago. Most people today just buy them ready made. But if you don't have access to buying them, try the simple recipe below.

The Forfar Bridie

Forfar Bridie

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The Forfar Bridie is believed to have first been created by a woman called a Maggie Bridie who was a travelling food seller. But whatever the origin they are very popular today and remembered fondly by many Scots around the world.

If you're visiting the Angus and Tayside regions of Scotland in summer, you'll find lots of 'fruit farms' with the signs outside, "Pick your own". Do go and spend an hour picking the most delicious raspberries, and then you could make some of our delicious recipes using raspberries such as Crannachan.

However, regarding the Forfar Bridie, I have to confess I have only made them once in my life and that was a long time ago. Most people today just buy them ready made. But if you don't have access to buying them, try this simple recipe.

The Forfar Bridie

Forfar Bridie

The Forfar Bridie



12oz / 300g plain flour
3oz / 75g butter (diced)
3oz / 75g suet
Couple tbs. of cold water
Pinch of salt.

Meat Filling

1lb / 450g finely chopped beef (good quality)
1 finely chopped onion.
3oz / 75g grated beef suet


The pastry

  • Sieve flour and salt together in a bowl.

  • Add butter and suet.

  • Rub together lightly with fingers.

  • Add water to bind dough.

  • Wrap in clingfilm and put in fridge for 1 hour.

The Pastie

  • Mix the grated onion with the chopped meat and suet.

  • Roll out pastry and divide into 4 rectangular shapes.

  • Divide filling into 4 and place lengthwise on one half of each pastry strip.

  • Wet the edges with water and fold the pastry over the meat to make a parcel.

  • Press firmly to seal and pinch the edges.

  • Trim the pastry and make into horseshoe shapes.
  • Using a knife, make a slit in top (to allow the steam out).

  • Leave bridies in fridge for 20 -30 minutes before cooking.

  • Cook for 30- 40 minutes until golden brown and meat is cooked at 200 degrees C or 400 F.

  • Serve hot, either on their own as a snack or with potatoes and vegetables.

If you've enjoyed this recipe 'Forfar Bridie' see also the following:-

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Valentine's Meal - Try the recipes I've chosen for Valentine's Day - starting with Smoked Salmon Mousse followed by Steak in a Whisky and Pepper Sauce, and finishing with a delicious Chocolate Cream.
Mothers' Day - A simple menu of Cottage Pie followed by rhubarb crumble.
Christmas Cake - Do try this recipe for a traditional Christmas cake.
Black Bun - This is traditionally served at Hogmanay when bringing in the New Year.
Clootie Dumpling - This rich and traditional dish is a favourite all year round but especially at Christmas time.
Christmas Pudding - This traditional pudding is usually served on Christmas day throughout the UK as well as Scotland.
Cullen Skink - This famous fish soup is made with smoked haddock.
Trout in oatmeal - This traditional and famous dish made with local ingredients.

Roast Turkey - This simple recipe will be ideal for Christmas or Thanksgiving.
Roast Venison - Make Christmas, Thanksgiving or other celebration special by serving roast venison to your guests.
Best Scone Recipes - Try the plain, fruit or the cheese scones.
Famous Shortbread Recipes - Have a look at some variations of shortbread recipes.
Haggis - Try this world-famous dish.
Pretend Haggis - If you can't face the 'real' thing, try this easy-to-make pretend haggis recipe.
Raspberry Recipes - See what you can do with a punnet of delicious raspberries, including the famous dessert, Crannachan.
Scotch Broth - See the recipe for hearty Scotch Broth.
Scotch Eggs - A simple recipe for you to try. Can be served hot or cold.
Scotch Pancakes - A quick, inexpensive treat for your guests.
Potato Scones - Serve Potato (or tattie) scone as part of the traditional Scottish Breakfast.
Tablet - Indulge in this delicious, but sweet Scottish confectionery.
Scottish Leek Soup Recipes - Try these two famous Scottish Leek Soup Recipes.
Scottish Lorne Sausages - Try this everyday dish for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Scotch Pies - This Traditional pie is made with mutton or lamb.
Savoury Mince Pies - This pie is made with minced beef (or hamburger meat).
Traditional Fish and Chips in Batter. - If you're visiting Scotland - do try this from a good Fish and Chip Shop. But if you want to make it yourself, here's the recipe. Serve with 'mushy' peas.
Stovies - Try this simple, everyday dish, can be made with lamb, corned beef or even sausages.
Tipsy Laird - This delicious whisky trifle (similar to sherry trifle) is traditionally served at a Burns Supper.
Burns Supper - Learn a bit more about a Burns Supper and get the Menu and recipe for Haggis, chappit potatoes and bashed neeps.
Porridge - Try a bowl of this famous Scottish breakfast dish.
Savoury Mince Pie - This delicious but simple pie is served in households across Scotland.
Salmon Patties - A variation on the Fish Cake - but using Scottish oats.
Hogmanay - See how we bring in the New Year in Scotland.
Traditional Scottish Christmas - Have a look at some Scottish Christmas traditions.

Also look at some of the recipes contributed by visitors to this site.
Grandma Wright's Clootie Dumpling, Mince and Tatties, Quick Microwave Christmas Pudding, Cup of Tea Cake, Scottish Recipe against a Sore Throat, Gaelic Coffee, Mealy Potatoes, Scot's Pepper Pleasure Boat

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