Homity Pie is thought to originate back to the Land Girls of World War Two, they created the recipe for this filling and delicious pie when ingredients were hard to come by. Often called “Devon Pie”the recipe was revitalised by Cranks vegetarian restaurant in the 1960’s. Now could be the perfect time to re-engage with this wholesome dish.


  • 400g shortcrust pastry
  • 400g potatoes, peeled
  • 4 small – medium onions, finely sliced
  • 60g butter
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 stalk of thyme
  • 2 tsp mustard powder
  • 150ml double cream
  • 100g cheddar cheese
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 200c
  2. Roll out the pastry and line a 10 inch pie or tart case. Bake blind for 20 minutes
  3. Boil the potatoes until tender and then chop into small cubes
  4. While the potatoes are boiling, melt the butter in a pan, add the thyme and slowly soften the onions and garlic (I cook these really slowly so they are really soft and sweet and slightly caramelised)
  5. Add the cubed potato and grated cheese to the onions and then add the cream, mustard powder and salt and pepper
  6. Pour into the pastry case and cook for a further 15 minutes until the top is golden

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