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Desperately seeking cheese pie-like-we-had-at-school!

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Skinit Mon 28-Mar-11 22:42:34

If you went to school in the 70s/80s then you may remember that cheese pie thing that they used to serve. It was open topped and came in massive deep tins....the dinner ladies would slice it into lots of squares and serve it with chips.

I have LONGED to eat it again for years!

It had a crust only on the bottom as I remember...a hardish one....and the top/filling was about three inches high and seemed to consist of cheese and eggs...in that it was flan-like but with nothing like vegggies or onions...only cheese!

Twas' dreamy and fatty and gorgeous. Drool.

How can I recreate this? I bet it was made from some weird 70s industrial tins of "Instant Cheazie Mix" or something....any ideas how I can make something like it? Please?

StealthPolarBear Mon 28-Mar-11 22:44:38

I know the stuff you mean and I loved it too but have no desire to eat it again - isn't it basically lard pie??
Anyway, didn't the filling also have potato - making the cheese all fluffy?

meditrina Mon 28-Mar-11 22:48:55

I remember that too, and loved it! Always served with round scoops of mashed potato and with tinned tomatoes.

<watching, and hoping for an answer. My Mum used to do a home version, but it wasn't quite the same>

Skinit Mon 28-Mar-11 22:51:10

Is it my imagination or was it a bit squeaky to eat? You know...it had a kind of film of brown toasted pure fat cheese on top which squeaked?

Skinit Mon 28-Mar-11 22:54:48

I bet the recipe is languishing in some top secret 1950s style government office building....in a box marked "Cheese Pie formula"...they must also keep the recipe for those hard biscuit things which you got sitting in your gravy with your school "Roast dinner".

StealthPolarBear Mon 28-Mar-11 22:56:02

this must be it surely

TeaOneSugar Mon 28-Mar-11 22:56:40

This one has lard in it !!! from a school dinners website

TeaOneSugar Mon 28-Mar-11 22:57:35

X Post grin same website different recipe.

TeaOneSugar Mon 28-Mar-11 22:59:43

I really want some Manchester Tart now.

Skinit Mon 28-Mar-11 23:01:35

Oooh....having a look now! thanks!

Skinit Mon 28-Mar-11 23:04:01

Dried milk?? Lard?? My God I think it's one of these! It has to be!

Excited! Will try one tomorrow!

Hope I am not disapointed....hope my tastes have not improved or anything.

headzookeeper Fri 01-Apr-11 11:10:56

I just use ready made pastry, because I'm really bad at making it myelf. Line a dish with it. Then grate a whole block of mature cheddar into a bowl. Beat 4/5 eggs together depending on the size and mix them togther with the cheese. Pour into the pastry and bake till set and it tastes like shool cheese pie. If you want to add onions part cook them first so you get most of the water out or you end up with watery pie.

To be fair though my mum told me the recipe and she used to work in a school canteen and this is how their chef used to make it.

tr1cky Thu 04-Sep-14 11:33:42

new book on amazon

www.amazon.co.uk/70-SCHOOL-RECIPES-Richard-Squires-ebook/dp/B00NA6YWWI/ref=sr_1_14?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1409815250&sr=1-14&keywords=70.s

reast1956 Thu 05-Sep-19 15:08:24

have just found a recipe that may be what u are looking for 6oz cheese 1oz butter 4oz breadcrumbs 1 egg 1/2 pint milk salt and pepper mix all ingredient apart from butter place in bakeing tray place flaked butter on top let stand 30 mins Cook 170°c/325°for 45 mins stir mixture well after 15 mins continue cooking

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Thu 05-Sep-19 21:00:06

It definitely didn't have potatoes in, or breadcrumbs or anything much except pastry, cheese and eggs.

I hated it, but not because of the cheese tart (as called at my school) but because the dinner ladies used to pour the most horrible tomato sauce over it and render it inedible.

Luckylesley66 Fri 08-Nov-19 21:14:21

Hi if any one can get the recipe for the tomato sauce/ gravy, that went with the cheese flan, could you pass it on, just the tomato sauce though please. X

IHateWashingUp2 Tue 12-Nov-19 19:38:48

Do you mean the one with flaky pastry base, and layers of cheese mix (for want of a better description) and sliced hard boiled eggs? Heaven!
My mum also used to make a cheese and potato pie which I’ve unsuccessfully tried to recreate, no one else in the family remembers it but I loved it! Not really a pie actually, just a blob, mainly mashed potato.
Any recipe suggestions for either gratefully received!

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