Onion Pie: Nigella Lawson

11 Jan

I tried this recipe from Nigella Lawson out a while ago and have made it a few times since then.

I made it yesterday after my mum decided that she was too tired to make supper, so it was up to my dad and I. Dad made the salad (kind of) and I made the pie.

Here’s the recipe from Nigella Lawson: How To Be A Domestic Goddess.

For the Filling:

  • 750g of red onions
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 25g of butter
  • 3-4 sprigs of thyme
  • 150g of strong Cheddar cheese (grated)

For the scone dough:

  • 250g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 100ml milk
  • 40g butter (melted)
  • 1 teaspoon of English mustard
  • 1 large egg (beaten)

Use a 24cm pie dish


  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.
  2. Peel the onions, halve them, and cut them into 4 segments each.
  3. Heat the oil and butter in the pan, add the onions and cook for about 30 minutes until golden. Stir regularly.
  4. Season with pepper, salt and thyme.
  5. Turn into pie dish (which should be buttered) and sprinkle 50g of cheese over the onions.

Dough Topping:

  1. Put the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl with the remaining cheese.
  2. Pour the milk into a measuring jug and add the melted butter, mustard and egg. Mix well and pour over the flour mixture into the bowl.
  3. Mix with a fork, it should be quite sticky.
  4. Tip onto a surface and press into a circle the size of the pie dish.
  5. Place on top of the onions and press the edges.

Bake for 15 minutes, then turn down to 180 degrees and leave it in for another 10 minutes. Let stand for a few minutes, before tipping over onto a plate.



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