Scotch Pies

Wherever you go in the Kingdom of Fife or anywhere in Scotland, you'll find Scotch Pies for sale. You'll find them in Butcher shops, supermarkets, Fish and Chip Shops and corner shops everywhere.
It is a real everyday food, and one of the places you'll see it sold is at Football matches, often with beans and potatoes and even mushy peas. By the way, if you would like to share a Scottish Recipe with others on this site please contribute HERE.

After Fish and Chips in Batter., Scotch Pies are Scotland's other 'fast food', along with Forfar Bridies. Again like fish and chips, Lorne sausage, or the famous Haggis and other such food, very few people would actually go and make this today. Maybe it just shows that we are definitely an 'instant' generation, wanting take-away (or 'carry-out' food as we call it). I have to say, however, that bought Scotch Pies varies considerably in quality, and I think it is worth getting one from a Quality Butcher Shop. You may also want to try the Savoury Mince Pie, which of course is quite different from the sweet mince pie we serve at Christmas.

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Scotch Pies

Scotch Pies


Hot Water Pastry

8 oz/225 g lard or dripping
1.5 lb self-raising flour
1 sp salt
10 fl oz/300 ml water
Milk (for the glaze

Filling 1lb/50 g finely minced beef or lamb
8 oz/225g breadrumbs
Salt, pepper, nutmeg or mace to season.



  • Melt the lard in the boiling water.

  • Sieve the flour into a warmed bowl.

  • Make a well in the middle and mix in the hot fat and water mixture with a wooden spoon.

  • When the dough has coled a little - knead with your hands.

  • When it is smooth and 'elastic' - leave in a warm place until firmer (but still elastic enough to roll out).

  • Roll out the pastry to around keeping it thin.

  • Cut the pastry into 3- 4 inch round shapes or if you are using pie or muffin molds - to the correct size.

  • Cut out enough circles for the top of the pies.


  • Mix the mince with the breadcrumbs and seasoning.

  • Add gravy to bind, and mix thoroughly.

  • Fill the pie shells to 3/4 full.

  • Add the top andseal.

  • Using a knife, make a couple of cuts in the centre of the pid to allow the steam to escape.

  • Brush with milk to glaze.

Pre-heat the oven to 190 centigrade/ 375 F.
Bake in the oven for 25 minutes or until golden brown.
Serve the Scotch Pies with baked beans or mushy peas.
If you've enjoyed this page on Scotch Pies, then see also the following:-

Easter Sunday Menu - Have a look at the recipes I've chosen for Easter Sunday - Cream of Carrot & Coriander Soup, Roast Lamb, followed by profiteroles.
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.
Forfar Bridie - Try this filling meat 'pastie'.
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.
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.
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.
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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