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Pork and chicken pie

A wonderfully succulent medieval pie that is a perfect introduction of medieval cooking to modern dinners. The filling is minced pork with fried chicken pieces and fruits dotted throughout. Serves 8 people
Course Main Dish, Pie & postej
Cuisine Historical cooking, Medieval, Renaissance
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 1 pie


The pork filling

  • 500 grams pork minced
  • 100 milliliters wheat flour mixed with salt and peber
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons powder douce see recipe notes
  • 10 prunes diced or 1 apple, diced
  • 50 grams raisin
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon safran
  • salt

Other ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 2 teaspoons cooking oil
  • 1 portion Short crust
  • 1 portion pie crust
  • 1 egg brushing the dough to make it shine


The filling

  1. Add the safran to 1 tablespoon of boiling water to soak for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Mix egg, raisin, spices and the minced pork together in a bowl. Remember to add the safran.
  3. Core and dice the apple and add it to the pork mixture
  4. You want the consistency like meat ball mixture. You might need to add a little bit of flour
  5. Slice the chicken into bite size pieces. Coat them with the flour mix.
  6. Brown them quickly in some oil and perhaps a bit of Powder douce.

Assemble and bake the pie

  1. Grease cake tin with a removable bottom .
  2. Roll out the pie crust and cover the cake tin in it so it fits over the inside. Let the exeses dough hang over the edges for now.
  3. Add half the pork mixture to the tin and spread it out over the bottom.
  4. Add the browned chicken pieces so it covers up the pork.
  5. Layer the rest of the pork mixture over the top of the chicken.
  6. Roll out a lid of shortcrust to the tin.
  7. Fold over the edges of the pie crust so folds over the edges of the short crust.
  8. Decorate the pie if you like with bits of short crust. Brush with a mixed egg.
  9. Bake at 225 C for about 35 min until golden. Serve hot or warm.

Recipe Notes

Find a recipe for Powder douce at medievalcookery.com – I suggest to mix a glass full to have some future medieval recipes. Used in moderation it adds a wonderfully complex taste to dishes.

Source: “Forme of Cury” 1390. As found in middelaldermad af Bi Skaarup & Henrik Jacobsen