Recipe – Australian Meat Pie For Two

Australian style meat pies have a long history and are a welcome sight on most any table.  These meat pies are a hearty and flavorful main dish, which require minimal effort to make.   

Australian Meat Pie For Two Ingredients

US                                                              Metrics:

1 sheet frozen puff pastry                      1 sheet frozen puff pastry

1 sheet frozen shortcrust pastry             1 sheet frozen shortcrust pastry

½ lb. sirloin steak, cut into small cube     226 gr sirloin steak

2 cloves garlic, chopped                       2 cloves garlic

1 tbsp tomato paste                              1 tbsp tomato paste                     

1 sprig fresh rosemary                          1 sprig fresh rosemary

¼ cup red cooking wine                        60 ml red cooking wine

½ cup beef stock                                 118 ml beef stock

2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce                  2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

Pinch of salt                                       Pinch of salt

Pinch of pepper                                   Pinch of pepper

oil for frying                                      oil for frying

1 egg yolk, beaten                               1 egg yolk, beaten

Australian Meat Pie For Two Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F
  • Heat oil in a saucepan and sauté garlic for a few minutes until they are a little brown, add the cubed steak and brown for 4-6 minutes.
  • Add the tomato paste, rosemary, beef stock, red wine, Worcestershire sauce and simmer for 45 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Place the shortcrust pastry on the floured working surface. Cut the pastry slightly larger than the pie base. Place the shortcrust pastry inside the greased 6” x 8” pie dish.
  • Place the puff pastry on the working surface. Cut the puff pastry the same size as the pie dish top. This will be the ‘lid’ of your pie dish
  • Fill the pie with the cooked steaks, cover the top with the puff pastry. Using your fingers, gently press the edges to seal. Cut the excess dough and brush the puff pastry with egg yolk
  • Bake for 30 minutes until golden brown.

Servings

  • This recipe makes two servings

Recipe – Scotch Pie For Two

These are lovely little pies meat pies.  This style of pie is thought to have originated in Scottland but can be found in one form or another throughout the united kingdom.  In fact, I have been thinking about this style of pie since a visit to Montreal, Canada, last year where I saw them in local restaurants and bakery shops.  

Scotch Pie For Two Ingredients

For filling:    

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0,5 lb. mutton, minced                       225 gr mutton, minced

4 tbsp gravy                                       60 ml gravy

1 tsp smoked paprika powder             1 tsp paprika powder

½ tsp nutmeg                                     ½ tsp nutmeg

Pinch of salt                                       Pinch of salt

Pinch of ground black pepper             Pinch of ground black pepper

For pastry:

1 ½ cups of plain flour                           180 gr of plain flour

½ cup of lard                                         118 ml of lard                                       

½ cup of water                                       118 ml of water

Pinch of salt                                       Pinch of salt

1 egg, beaten (for glaze)

Scotch Pie For Two Directions

Preparation:

Prepare 2 pieces of 4’ ramekin dish. Grease with oil.

Preheat the oven to 400F

For filling:

  • Mix all the ingredients in a mixing bowl, stir until well-combined. Chill in the fridge.

For pastry:

  • Add flour and salt in a different medium mixing bowl, stir to combine, set aside. Heat water and lard in a medium saucepan until boiling, remove from heat then pour into the flour. Mix together with a wooden spoon, let it cool down a little. Once cool enough, put onto the floured surface and knead until smooth for about 5 minutes (like pizza dough)
  • Divide the dough into 4 equally sized balls. Roll out 2 balls of dough to a size that could cover bottom and sides of the ramekin. Put the dough in the ramekin, push gently with your finger to make sure all sides of ramekin are covered, making the ramekin as the mold for the pie. Do the same to the other ramekin.

Finishing:

  • Take the meat out of the fridge and divide by 2 equal sizes. Place 1 ball of meat to a ramekin, spread the meat evenly with a spoon, so it has a flat surface.
  • Roll out the remaining balls of dough to a size that could cover the top of the pie, making it like the lids on top of the filling. Press gently to make sure the edges are stick together. Make a little X or hole in the middle of the lid. Do the same with the other ramekin
  • Brush beaten egg to the top of the pies. Put both ramekins on a baking tray and bake for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown. Let it rest for 10 minutes. Gently remove the pies by scraping the sides with a small knife first, it should come out very easily. Serve while it’s warm.

Servings

  • Makes two serving

Recipe – Pork Pot Pie For Two

This pot pie is a nice, high protein, comfort food recipe perfect for cooking in cooler weather.  This recipe has beans and two kinds of meat to make the pot pie filling and nutritious.

Pork Pot Pie For Two Ingredients       

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¼ lb. pork ribs, cut into small cubes             113 gr pork ribs

¼ lb. salami, cut into small cubes                 113 gr salami

1/2 cup dried kidney beans                          100 gr dried kidney beans

1 stalk of celery, sliced                                 1 stalk of celery

2 cloves of garlic, finely minced                   2 cloves of garlic

1 carrot, roughly chopped                            1 carrot

1 tbsp ketchup                                             1 tbsp ketchup

¼ cup red wine                                            60 ml of red wine

½ tsp ground cumin                                     ½ tsp ground cumin

1 tsp paprika powder                                   1 tsp paprika powder

 2 cups of water                                           473 ml of water

1 tsp beef powder                                        1 tsp beef powder

1 sprig of fresh rosemary                             1 sprig of fresh rosemary

1 russet potato, cut into small cubes             1 russet potato

1 tsp dried parsley                                       1 tsp dried parsley

1 sheet puff pastry, thawed                          1 sheet puff pastry

1 egg yolk, beaten                                       1 egg yolk, beaten

Pinch of salt                                                Pinch of salt

Pinch of pepper                                           Pinch of pepper

Pork Pot Pie For Two Directions

  • Add kidney beans in a large bowl, wash and soak in 2 cups of water overnight in the refrigerator. In the morning, drain and set aside.
  • Season pork ribs with salt and pepper, then brown them in oil over medium-high heat in a medium pot. Remove from heat and set aside
  • Add the salami to the pot, sauté for 2 minutes then add celery, garlic, and carrot. Continue sautéing until the vegetables have softened.
  • Add ketchup, red wine, and continue to cook for 2-3 minutes until the mixture starts to boil. Add cumin, paprika powder, beef powder, and water. Return to boil then add browned ribs, salami, potato, rosemary, and dried parsley.
  • Cover the pot and simmer for about 2 hours or until the short ribs are tender. Remove from heat.
  • Preheat the oven to 375F
  • Transfer the stew to 2 individual casseroles or ramekins, evenly divided to 2 portions. Drape a sheet of puff pastry over the sides of the casserole. Trim away any excess dough.
  • Brush the top of the puff pastry with egg. Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown.

Servings

  • Makes two individual servings

Recipe – Pumpkin Pie

This pumpkin pie is made using egg whites and evaporated skim milk to reduce the fat and a few calories from this holiday favorite to make the pumpkin pie at little liter.

Pumpkin Pie Ingredients

• 1 (9 inch) prepared, unbaked, pie crust
• 1 16-ounce can pumpkin or cooked mash pumpkin or winter squash
• 2/2 cup sugar
• 1 ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
• 1/8 teaspoon ground clóves or allspice
• 4 egg whites (1/2 cup)
• 1 ¼ cup evaporated skim milk
• 8 tablespoons frozen whipped dessert topping, thawed (optional)

Pumpkin Pie Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375 F.
  • Put the pumpkin, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves or allspice in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add the egg whites.
  • Beat the mixture with a fork till combined.
  • Stir in the evaporated skim milk.
  • Pour the púmpkin mixture into the pie plate.
  • Cover the edge of pie crust with foil or pie crust shield.
  • Place the filled pie pan on the bottom oven rack on a heated baking stone or cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 25 minutes in a 375 F oven.
  • Remove the foil or pie crust shield.
  • Bake for additional 25 to 30 minutes more or till a table knife inserted near the center comes out clean.
  • Cool on a wire rack.
  • Cover the pie with a cellophane wrap and store the pie in the refrigerator,
  • If desired, cut into serving wedges, serve chilled or at room temperature with whipped topping.

Servings

  • Makes about 8 servings.

LEMON PASTRY

This is one of my all-time favorite pastries for pies. The combination of egg and lemon juice makes this pastry flavorful, tender, and flaky. This lemon pastry works with a variety of pies like custards, chicken, herb and vegetable pies.

Servings

  •   Makes enough pastry for one double-crust pie

Lemon Pastry Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, in 1/2 inch slices
  • 1 egg
  • 2 lightly beaten teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 4 to 5 tablespoons of ice water

LEMON PASTRY Directions

  • Stir the flour and salt together.
  • Cut the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  • With a fork, stir the egg, lemon juice, and 2 tablespoons of the ice water together.
  • Sprinkle the liquid over the four mixture and mix just until the pastry holds together, adding more water if needed.
  • Knead the dough in the bowl for two or three strokes-just until the dough makes a smooth ball.
  • Cover and chill for 30 minutes or until firm, and use as directed in recipes.

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Spice Up A Pie Crust

Cheesecakes normally using flavored crusts for a long time, so why not a regular old pie crust? There is no good reason not to use some complementary flavoring in pie crust. this is especially true when dealing sweet pies. Savory pies might need a little more creativity, but they too could easily be flavored with some nice dried herbs and spices.

So, here are some quick and easy ways to step the flavor of your pies, tarts, galettes, pot pies, and quiches:

For pumpkin or sweet potato:

  •  1 teaspoon of ground allspice and 1 teaspoon of finely grated orange zest 

For Apple, Pear, or quince:

  • 1 teaspoon of ground anise or cinnamon and 1 teaspoon of vanilla

For custard: 

  • 1 teaspoon of almond extract and 1 teaspoon of finely grated lemon zest, or
  • 2 teaspoons of finely grated lemon or zest or fresh lemon or lime juice

For Citrus, herb or vegetable

  • 2 teaspoons of finely grated lemon or zest or fresh lemon or lime juice

For Lamb

  • 2 teaspoons of fresh or 1 1/2 tablespoons dry of these herbs or combination of them; thyme, rosemary, marjoram, and oregano, or
  • 2 teaspoons of curry powder, or
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin

For chicken or turkey

  • 2 teaspoons of fresh or 1 1/2 tablespoons dry of these herbs or combination of them; thyme, rosemary, marjoram, oregano, tarragon, and sage or
  • 2 teaspoons of finely grated lemon or zest or fresh lemon or lime juice, or
  • 2 teaspoons of curry powder or mace powder,

For Pork

  • 2 teaspoon of ground allspice, curry powder, mustard powder, or ground cloves, or
  • 2 teaspoons of fresh or 1 1/2 tablespoons dry of these herbs or combination of them; thyme, rosemary, marjoram, oregano, and sage

For Beef

  • 2 teaspoon of ground chili powder, mustard powder, curry powder, or cumin, or
  • 2 teaspoons of fresh or 1 1/2 tablespoons dry of these herbs or combination of them; thyme, marjoram, oregano, and finely ground bay leaf

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How to make a baking powder pie crust

Platted Pie Crust
Platted Pie Crust

Many people often think that pie crust can be difficult to make. However, it is actually much simpler than they believe. You could cook a batch of dough in around 15 minutes with a few simple ingredients in the kitchen. Keep reading this guide to learn a step-by-step guide and some useful tips on how to make a baking powder pie crust.

Baking Supplies
Baking Supplies

What you’ll need

  • Fork
  • Pastry cutter
  • Pastry board or waxed paper
  • Rolling pin
  • Small and large bowl
  • Plate
  • Pastry brush
  • Sharp knife
Butter And Flour

Butter And Flour

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of unbleached flour
  • 0.5 teaspoon of iodized salt
  • 7 tablespoons of ice-cold water
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 cup of shortening or cold butter
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, vodka, sugar, or white vinegar

Step 1: Mix the dough

Add salt, baking powder, and flour into a large bowl, then stir the mixture thoroughly. Next, cut the shortening or butter into the flour with a food processor, a pastry cutter, a fork, or your fingers. Mix the solution until you see the uniform and small pea-sized chunks. Gently stir the flour with a wooden spoon when you are pouring a small amount of cold water to the bowl. It should come together and create a loose ball.

Step 2: Form dough ball

Make dough ball with your hands. Keep in mind to pull the mixture very gently and split the ball into 2 equal part, which will be used for the bottom and the top crust. You can cut the ball with a sharp kitchen knife.

Step 3: Prepare the surface

There are some ways of rolling out pie crust. Thus, you can experiment and choose the best one for you.

  • Wax paper: Tape down a wax paper which is slightly bigger than the pie’s diameter. Consider combining with another wax paper sheet or pastry cloth for easy use and transport.
  • A stone or wooden pastry board can be a good option if you want to make a lot of pie crusts.
  • Gallon Ziplock bags are another option to choose from.

Step 4: Roll out the dough

Spread a small quantity of flour on the rolling pin to prevent the dough from sticking. Start rolling the pie dough from the center and rotate the pin evenly in various directions with even strokes. Flip over the dough over and do it again. It should not take more than five or ten passes to roll out the dough. Ideally, the pie crust should be even at around 0.3 centimeter thick.

Step 5: Put the dough into plate

Use the rolling pin or wax paper to put the crust into the pie plate. Be very careful because it is likely to tear the dough. Use the fingers to press the dough lightly into the bottom area of the plate, flat against the tin’s sides. Trim the crust’s edges with a sharp knife and patch any tears or rips with the excess dough. You don’t have to flour or grease the plate because it will release from the tin during the baking process.

Step 6: Fill with your desired filling

Depending on which type of pie you prefer, it is necessary to empty the pre-made filling or cook one. Here are a few common options:

  • Blackberry and blueberry could be made from fresh fruit or canned pie filling.
  • Stone-fruit filling such as peach or cherry could eliminate the pits with a pitting machine.
  • Make sweet potato or pumpkin filling by blending these ingredients with clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, sweetened condensed milk, and other spices.
  • For banana cream, lemon, coconut, or chocolate filling, you need to pre-bake your pie crust in advance.

Useful tips to create the best baking power pie crust

  • Before baking, consider putting the pie crust in the refrigerator for 30 minutes
  • Use butter flavored to create a little different flavor
  • When cutting butter or shortening into flour, you should put the bowl into a bigger one filled with ice cubes and ice water. By doing this, you won’t have to keep chilling the dough in the refrigerator while working.
  • When rolling the dough, it should be a little crumbly at the edge. Otherwise, you should add more flour.
  • When baking, place the plate on a bigger pizza pan or cookie sheet to catch overflowing filling

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