J M Barrie, the author of Peter Pan, was born in Kirriemuir in Forfarshire and wrote about Forfar Bridies. They are a meat filled pastie originating from Maggie Bridie, a travelling food seller. A Bridie is one of Bridie’s meat pasties. Forfar Birdie a type of Scottish meat pastry or pie, originally made in the town of Forfar and is similar in shape to a Cornish pasty. It is made of minced beef, sometimes with onions and spices then placed on a rolled-out pastry, folded and baked in an oven. Enjoy !

Ingredients

  • 700g boneless lean minced beef.
  • 60 gm suet or butter or margarine (2 tablespoons).
  • 2 finely chopped onions.
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard powder.
  • Quarter cup rich beef stock (or 1 cube).
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • One-and-a-half lbs flaky pastry (home made or packet mix)

Direction:

  • Remove fat or gristle from the meat and beat with a meat hammer or rolling pin.
  • Cut into half-inch pieces (1cm).
  • Place pieces in a medium bowl (some cooks brown them in the suet first).
  • Add salt/pepper, mustard, onion, suet/butter/margarine and stock – mix well.
  • Divide the pastry into six equal portions.
  • Divide the meat mixture into six equal portions.
  • Roll each pastry portion to a six inch circle about quarter inch thick.
  • Place a portion of the meat mixture in the centre of the pastry circle.
  • Leave an edge of pastry showing all round.
  • Brush the outer edge of the pastry circle with water and fold up to the top.
  • Crimp the edges together well.
  • The crimped edges should be at the top of each bridie.
  • Make a small slit in the top to let out any steam.
  • Place the bridies on a square baking tray brushed with oil.
  • Place in a pre-heated oven at GasMark8/450F/230C for 15 minutes.
  • Then reduce the temperature to GasMark4/350F/180C and cook for another 45 minutes.
  • The Bridies should be golden brown.
  • If they are getting too dark, cover with greaseproof paper / foil.
Stuart