Chicken, mushroom and bacon pie

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Ingredients

  • 6 rashers streaky bacon, roughly chopped
  • 60g (2oz) butter
  • 150g (5oz) cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 300ml (½ pint) hot chicken stock
  • 4 tbsp crème fraîche
  • 3 tbsp fresh chopped parsley
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • About 500g (1lb) cooked chicken, in chunks
  • 1 sheet ready-rolled puff pastry
  • Beaten egg, to glaze

 

Method

  1. Dry-fry the bacon in a frying pan until it’s crispy. Put in a large bowl. Add about a third of the butter to the pan and fry the mushrooms until browned. Add to the bacon.
  2. Add the rest of the butter to the pan, with the flour, and stir to make a thick paste. Pour in the stock gradually, to make a sauce, and bring to the boil for a minute. Stir in the crème fraîche, parsley and seasoning. Pour into the bowl and add the bacon and mushrooms. Cool. Mix chicken into the sauce and put the filling in the pie dish.
  3. Roll out the pastry, if necessary, to ensure that it fits on top of the dish. Brush water on the dish’s edge, put a strip of pastry around, then lay the pastry top on and seal edges, then trim and decorate. Cut shapes out of the leftover pastry and stick on top with water.
  4.  Set the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6 or 200°C. Brush the pastry with beaten egg. Bake for 40 mins until golden.

Recipe from Great British Food Magazine November 2014

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Sour Cream Apple Pie Crumble

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  • 1 unbaked 9 inch pie crust

  • 3/4 cup sugar

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup sour cream

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 egg

  • 2 cups diced apples

  • 1/3 cup sugar

  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 cup chilled butter, diced

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Press the pie crust into and up the sides of a 9 inch pie plate.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together 3/4 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons of flour, and salt. Mix in the sour cream, egg and vanilla until smooth. Add apples, and stir to coat. Scrape the mixture into the pie shell.
  3. Bake for 15 minutes in the preheated oven, then reduce heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C), and continue baking for 30 minutes more.
  4. While the pie is baking, prepare the topping in a medium bowl. Stir together 1/3 cup of flour, 1/3 cup sugar, and cinnamon. Cut in the butter until the mixture resembles fine crumbs.
  5. After the 30 minute bake time has passed, cover the top of the pie with the crumb topping, and continue to bake for 15 minutes, or until topping is lightly browned and apples are tender. Allow the pie to cool, then refrigerate until chilled before serving.

 

Original recipe from http://www.allrecipes.com

Bramley Apple Meringue Pie

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225g plain flour
115g unsalted butter, cubed
Pinch of salt
1 medium free-range egg
2 tbsps cold water
5 large Bramley apples
Juice and zest of 2 lemons
2 tbsps cold water
4 medium free-range egg yolks
125g caster sugar
25g diced salted butter
4 medium egg whites at room temperature
Pinch of cream of tartar
80g caster sugar
80g sieved icing sugar
2 tsps mixed spice
2 tsps granulated sugar

 

Serves: 6-8
Prepare: 30 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes

(As most Americans & other countries outside the UK do not have easy availability to Bramley apples, some US farms do grow Bramley Seedlings that can be found at some farmers markets, any good ‘tart tasting’ apple will do. It should cook down to a lumpy pulp.)

 

Method

1. Pre heat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6. Place the butter, flour and salt into a food processor and blitz until you have fine breadcrumbs. A food processor makes great pastry, but if you do not own one then just make the pastry the normal way.

2. Add the egg and ‘pulse’ until the paste starts to come together, then add a little water and mix to a soft dough. Do not over work – you may need to chill the pastry slightly if it’s warm or you have a hot kitchen.

3. Roll out the lightly floured pastry trying to keep a rough disc shape of about 30cm wide.
Roll up the pastry on a rolling pin and unroll over a 25cm x 2cm deep flan ring with a loose bottom. Line carefully and decorate the top edge. Prick the base with a fork and line with greaseproof paper, fill with baking beans and cook ‘blind’ for 20 minutes to set the pastry.

4. Meanwhile, peel and core the apples and cut into 2cm pieces, place in a saucepan and add the lemon juice, zest, water and cook over a low heat until broken down and pulpy. Then cool slightly for 10 minutes. Once the pastry is ready, carefully remove the beans.
Beat the egg yolks into the slightly cooled apple purée, add the butter, sugar and stir until melted.

5. Pour into the flan ring and pop into the oven and cook until just set (about 25 minutes). Then remove from the oven and turn the oven up to 230°C/450°F/Gas Mark 8. Place the egg whites and cream of tartar into a mixing bowl and whisk until foamy. Add the caster sugar and whisk at medium speed until very firm and glossy, then finally stir in the icing sugar and mixed spice.

6. Pipe or decoratively spoon the meringue onto the flan. Sprinkle with a little granulated sugar. Carefully place back into the oven to brown slightly. Remove and cool completely, then serve in large wedges with vanilla ice cream.

Further Bramley Apple recipes can be found at www.bramleyapples.co.uk

 

Chocolate & Strawberry Tart

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1 Ready made Sweet Pastry Case

For the Creme Patissiere:

3 egg yolks

50g caster sugar (Domino fine sugar for USA)

1 tbsp plain flour

2 tbsps cornflour

250ml semi skimmed milk

1 tsp vanilla essence

To Finish:

100g dark chocolate, broken into pieces

1/2 a 35g strawberry jelly tablet (USA uses jello powder packs)

1 kg strawberries, hulled and halved

Dark & White chocolate curls to decorate

 

Method

To make the creme patissiere, whisk the egg yolks & sugar together for 4-5 mins. Sift the flours over the surface then gently fold together. Pour the milk into a saucepan, bring just to the boil then gradually whisk into the egg mixture until smooth. Return to the pan & cook over a medium heat, stirring until very thick. Take off the heat & stir in the vanilla. Cover with a piece of non stick baking paper & let cool

Take the tart case & place on a plate or cake stand. Melt the dark chocolate in a bowl set over a pan of simmering water, then spoon over the inside of the tart case. leave for about 20 mins to set. make up the jelly as the pack directs using half the water. Cool then chill for about 20 mins in the refrigerator.

Spoon the creme patissiere into the tart case. Pile the strawberries on top & brush generously with the cooled jelly (you will have quite a lot left) & chill for 30 more minutes until the jelly is set. Sprinkle with the chocolate curls.

 

Recipe is from my copy of Great British Food Magazine

Apple Pear Pie

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Ingredients

  • Pastry for double-crust pie (9 inches)
  • 3 medium ripe pears, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 3 medium tart Apples, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup plus 1 teaspoon sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon whole milk

Directions

 

  • Line a 9-in. pie plate with bottom pastry; trim to 1 in. beyond edge of plate. In a large bowl, combine the pears, apples, 1 cup sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon and nutmeg. Transfer mixture to crust; dot with butter.
  • Roll out remaining pastry to fit top of pie; cut slits or decorative cutouts in pastry. Place over filling; trim, seal and flute edges. Add decorative cutouts if desired. Brush with milk; sprinkle with remaining sugar. Cover edges loosely with foil.
  • Bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Remove foil; bake 30-35 minutes longer or until crust is golden brown.  Cool on a wire rack.  Yield: 8 servings.

Original recipe available from Taste of Home & Gardens