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    Tuesday, August 09, 2016

    Pies, Pies, Glorious Pies

    I am on fire with pies at the moment
    Last week a Tortilla Pie
    Not as in the "wrap around food to make a sandwich" kinda of pie
    But the Spanish Tortilla. The wonderful "Spanish omelet of eggs, fried potatoes
    and onions" kind of Tortilla

    Then today back on the Spinach and Corn flavours, just add Chicken to make a wonderful pie filling

    Yum, beautiful
    I have taken to make my pies, in a large muffin tin
    The ones they call Texas Muffin tins, the ones on the left
    Just enough for 1 person, well if you serve it with one soup, or as a dinner with some vege.
    If you're feeling a little greedy, you might like 2

    Over the years, I have loved to use the fan bake option in my oven…its much quicker...but I have ended up with too many soggy bottoms, so back to the old convection top and bottom option
    Nice golden tops and golden crisp bottoms

    So for the Tortilla Pie
    to make 6 pies

    Heat oven to 200C

    Flaky Puff Pastry I like to use the ready rolled Square
    you get 2 pies out of one sheet and very little waste

    Butter to grease tins
    1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water to egg-wash the tops

    Cut out the bottoms and lids and line the greased muffin tins

    1/4 cup olive oil
    1 large potato peeled and cut into small cubes
    1 onion peeled and finely chopped
    Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
    Grated Tasty Cheese
    4 eggs beaten

    Bring the potatoes to the boil in salted water
    cook until just tender

    Meanwhile heat the olive oil in a pan over medium heat
    Add onions and sauté till soft
    Remove and put to one side
    Turn up the heat
    Add potatoes and cook till golden brown
    Strain the potatoes and keep the oil for another day

    Crack eggs in a bowl, season with salt and pepper
    Divide the onions and potatoes between the tins
    add some grated cheese on top
    Slowly pour eggs on top
    Don't fill too high as the eggs will expand
    With a wet finger rub over the top edge of the pastry
    Cover with a lid
    Brush with egg wash

    Cook till golden brown
    will take between 25-30 minutes
    Let them cool a minute or two and transfer to a wire tray
    They freeze well, just wrap the cooled pies in some plastic wrap, label and freeze
    Never one to waste any food, Irish Stew makes a good filling as well
    So onto Filling No 2
    Chicken Spinach and Corn Pies

    Flaky Puff Pastry as above
    This filling is enough to make 10 pies
    I like to use these frozen spinach portions
    Already cooked, just need to thaw
    The filling

    1 poached chicken breast finely chopped
    1 cup Hot Chicken stock
    50 gms butter
    50 gms flour
    tsp mustard
    5 little frozen spinach balls, thawed, juice squeezed out
    1/2 cup frozen corn
    2 spring onions  chopped
    Little Grate of nutmeg
    Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

    Melt butter in a medium sized pot
    Add flour
    Stir and cook for a minute or two to cook the flour out
    Season with S & P and mustard
    Add the spring onions, spinach and corn
    Slowly add hot chicken stock stirring to make sure there are no lumps
    Simmer for about 5 minutes
    Add chopped chicken
    Let cool and when ready fill pie cases
    Look isn't that pretty?
    And how about a nice sweet to end the meal

    I wanted a little amount of apple juice, for a salsa I about to make
    No need to splash out on buying some juice.
    I had some fresh apples in the fridge
    So I grated an apple and squeezed the juice out
    What to do with the grated apple
    Why make apple pies of course

    This amounts below is enough to make 2 pies
    I had one for lunch, couldn't wait
    1 large apple grated
    Zest and juice of 1 orange
    1 tsp cornflour
    2 tablespoons Craisins

    Grate the apple and reserve the juice
    Zest the orange and add the apples and Craisins
    Dissolve the cornflour in the orange juice
    Mix everything together

    Fill the pie cases
    That's the apple on the right hand side, chicken on the left
    Lid on,
    Crimp, egg wash and
    Bake 20-25 mins till golden
    Look at that Flaky Pastry and juicy apple and Craisin filling

    Make some right away

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