Monday, 22 December 2014 18:07

    24 Pork Pies for Christmas

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    Pork pies are much easier to make than you might imagine. Just a little time needed to prepare the filling and the pastry and some patience required with the crimping and sealing of the pies.

    INGREDIENTS- Filling

    750g of very good sausage meat

    750g of pork shoulder (finely diced or quickly chopped in a food processor)

    100g smoked streaky bacon (finely diced)

    a handful of chopped fresh herbs. I used sage, parsely and oregano

    two large pinches salt and a very generous few grinds of black pepper

    Mix all this together very well in a mixing bowl and set aside.

    Pastry

    200g lard

    200g butter

    350ml water

    1kg plain flour

    1 tsp salt

    4 medium eggs

    1 beaten egg for glazing and sealing the pies.

    Heat the water in a saucepan with the lard and butter until melted, gently, it needn't boil. Place the flour and salt in a mixing bowl. I used my Kenwood mixer with dough hook and making a well in the middle add the beaten eggs. Start mixing and slowly add the water and fat mixture until you have a smooth and soft dough. Add more flour or warm water to get smooth soft dough. Cover and chill for about 1 hr.

    Using a deep muffin tray grease well and line with rolled out pastry with some good overlap which you will need to crimp with. Fill with the pork and make a lid and crimp shut, using the egg wash to stick together. I had to lift the pie out of the tin to crimp and then set back into the tin. Make a hole in the middle to let the steam escape.

    Bake in the oven 170C/Gas 4 for 1 hour, until golden brown.

    Jelly or not? It does keep the meat moist and soaks in so you won't get a huge amount of jelly unless you keep adding more stock which is time consuming. I used 1 pint of pork stock with the equivalent amount of gelatine to set and poured it into the warm pies, no jelly layer but succulent meat.

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    • Comment Link Amanda Saturday, 10 January 2015 18:21 posted by Amanda

      I tried making these pork pies. You are correct, they are relatively easy to make. Just need time!

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