Homemade pies are my quick fix for a busy day. This is a perfect recipe for the busy family, lunch boxes, dinner and can be kept frozen for 2 weeks and bake when needed. You can substitute the filling with either fish, vegetables, poultry or meat.
Short crust pastry
250g of plain flour
1 teaspoon of baking powder
125g of cubed cold butter
60ml cold water
Salt to taste
Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl.
Add the salt, cubed butter and rub between your fingers till you have a breadcrumb consistency.
Alternatively add the flour , baking powder, salt and butter to a food processor and pulse to a breadcrumb consistency. This should take less than a minute.
Add the cold water to the flour to form a dough
Please don't overwork the dough. You want it crumbly, crunchy and moist, when cooked.
Wrap the dough in a cling film and place it in the fridge for about 45min
On a floured surface, roll your pastry out and cut into 4 squares
or use a bowl for a circular shape.
For the filling;
150g of black pudding sausage
200g of Chorizo sausage
2 finely diced shallots
2 chopped yellow peppers
40g of fresh thyme
2 finely chopped garlic
Remove the sausages from their skin and finely dice the black pudding
Place the sausages, peppers, shallots, yellow peppers, thyme and garlic in a bowl and mix well.
Leave the mixture for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavours to infuse.
A smoked fish filling
You can cut the rolled pastry into squares or circles (using a medium sized bowl to cut into circles).
Be creative with the filling, use diced potatoes, Kale, Fish, Chicken, Turkey or meat etc (whatever you prefer).
Place a tablespoon of the filling in the middle of each cut pastry. Pick a corner of the pastry and fold to meet the opposite end (as shown below).
Use your thumb or a fork to seal the ends. Use the fork to insert 3 holes on top of each pastry (as shown below). This helps the heat circulate evenly and cooks the filling perfectly.
A thumb sealed pastry
Pre heat your oven to 180*c
Using a silicone baking sheet (alternatively you can grease a baking tray and sprinkle with flour).
Whisk the egg till well mixed and using a cooking brush, wash the surface with the egg. The egg wash enables the pie to brown beautifully.
Bake the pie for about 10-12 minutes or until golden.
Baked thumb printed pork pie
Fork sealed, baked Pork pie
Serve with steamed vegetables or mixed onion and tomatoes salad.
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