Recipe: Roast Beef Pie

Cut up ROAST BEEF, or BEEFsteak left from a previous meal, into thin slices, lay some of the slices into a deep dish which you have lined on the sides with rich BISCUIT dough, rolled very thin (say a quarter of an inch thick); now sprinkle over this layer a little pepper and salt; put in a small bit of butter, a few slices of cold potatoes, a little of the cold gravy, if you have any left from the ROAST. Make another layer of BEEF, another layer of seasoning, and so on, until the dish is filled; cover the whole with paste leaving a slit in the centre, and bake half an hour.

The Whitehouse Cookbook, by Mrs. F.L. Gillette (Year 1887)