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Skip to 0 minutes and 9 seconds The first dish we’re going to make is called tarte owte of Lente. It has all the things in it that you’re not supposed to eat during Lent cheese, butter, cream and it’s all made into a pie. So shall we do that? The first thing we’re going to need is cheese. Cheshire cheese is really good because it doesn’t go all gloopy when you heat it up and that’s what you need in this pie.

Skip to 0 minutes and 41 seconds To process the cheese, it needs to go into a mortar and then be mashed up to break it all down.

Skip to 0 minutes and 53 seconds Once that’s done, we’ll add a little bit of cream to it. That gets mashed in as well. Now, we need something to make it set when it’s cooked, otherwise it just runs everywhere, and therefore you put in an egg.

Skip to 1 minute and 15 seconds And now just a little bit of spice to give it something. And we’ve cut it down to just a bit of black pepper to make it easy for you in your kitchen cupboard. You can put quite a bit in. It gives it a little bit of bite then. OK. Let’s just show you a bit of that. There you go, nice and fluffy but really soft at the same time. Now I’ll just put that to one side for a moment and we’ll make the case. For that, we’re going to need some flour and some butter to make pastry. Any good high butter paste will be ideal for this.

Skip to 2 minutes and 17 seconds And now form the edges.

Skip to 2 minutes and 21 seconds A pie this size will feed about eight people. This kitchen, in its day, fed 600 twice every day.

Skip to 2 minutes and 33 seconds And now for the filling.

Skip to 2 minutes and 46 seconds In Henry VIII’s time, virtually nothing was grown here. It was all bought in, just like you and I buy things today. You can make the lid quite thin if you want. It doesn’t really matter a great deal. It just makes the pie taste nicer. To size the lid, just simply put that on there and cut around. That way because it can’t help but be the right size.

Skip to 3 minutes and 13 seconds And make up a little bit of egg because we’ll need that for the glazing. We can also use that to seal the lid onto the pie.

Skip to 3 minutes and 23 seconds 500 years ago they’d have used a wood fired oven. You might find it easier on gas mark 6 for about 40 minutes, or until nicely golden brown.

Skip to 3 minutes and 35 seconds And here we are, the finished dish. If you like a nice strong cheese flavour, this is the dish for you, tarte owte of Lente.

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