Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Hapi.i.ii.e New Year!

Last year I resolved to make pastry, try my hand at bread and learn to knit properly. Let's just say I didn't. This year I've ditched resolutions in preference for 'intentions'...

Partly because my last-minute Hogmanay shopping found the pastry shelf all puffed-out and as I recall, the last and only time I bought shortcrust, I may as well have blind-baked the cardboard box; my neglected resolution looked destined to become a reality at some point before dinner-time next year.

Later that night, having explained my predicament to my fellow revellers, I left the party with a copy of The Cordon Bleu Cookery Book in my arm and the hope that plain flour, cold hands and enlightenment may greet me with the new dawn. 

And as the sun set on 1.1.11, I have to admit to being more than a little puffed-up with the result (despite the possible pastry shrinkage and an ill fitting pie dish, as featured) for there was nothing too shabby about my rough puff. S'long Just-Rol...

Turkey and bacon pi.i.ii.e

leftover cooked turkey, enough for two but roughly 200g
70g bacon lardons
fennel, approx. half a small bulb
125g mushrooms
2 rounded tbsp plain flour
4 or 5 ladels of turkey stock (a Kallo chicken cube’ll do)
a teaspoon of rosemary needles, chopped
a small bunch of parsley, chopped
1 tbsp mushroom ketchup (a tasty option)

Fry the bacon, fennel and mushrooms in a little butter until bacon has lightly coloured and vegetables are softened.

Add the flour to pan with a little stock (if necessary) and cook for a couple of minutes, stirring all the time. Add the rosemary and cooked turkey to the pan, heat for a minute more before adding the rest of the stock. Bring to a simmer and leave to bubble for ten minutes. Add the parsley, season with salt, pepper and mushroom ketchup and pour into a pie dish.

Ideally the pie filling should be level the rim of your pie dish, but if it is pilled slightly higher, then all the better. If your dish is a little too small, use a pie funnel or an upturned egg cup to prevent your pastry from collapsing in the middle.

Dampen the rim of the pie dish with a little water and lay on strips of pastry, pressing the joins together. Dab a little water on the pastry rim and lay on the pastry lid. Fork the edges to seal, cut a hole to allow steam to escape and brush with milk before baking.

Place in a hot oven (200˚C) for 30 minutes.

and for the crowning glory... [with interjections from moi]

Rough Puff Pastry (I)

½ lb plain flour
6oz butter
about ¼ pint ice-cold water to mix

Sift the flour with a pinch of salt into a mixing bowl. Cut the butter into even-sized pieces about the size of walnuts and drop into the flour; mix quickly with the water and turn onto a lightly floured board. [I used a knife for the mixing] *Roll to an oblong, fold in three, and give a half-turn to bring the open edges in front of you.* Repeat from * to * twice to give the pastry three turns in all. [this bit was such fun, I lost count] Chill for 10 minutes and give an extra roll and fold if it looks all streaky [it didn't but I did], then use as required.

The Cordon Bleu Cookery Book by Rosemary Hume and Muriel Downes, Book Club Associates, London, 1975.


  1. That sure looks like a tasty pie!

  2. Hey thanks for the top tip - am well excited about my future in pastry!

  3. Happy New Year!!!!

    I hope you had a wonderful Christmas time!!!

    wow!!! I'd like to eat this yummy pie!!!!

    Thanks for sharing the Recipe!!

    Keep in touch and the best wishes for this 2011!!!


  4. Oh thanks Natalia! I wasn't too sure how many people would be excited by the idea of a turkey pie in January but I'm glad you are!! Our bird this year was a beast which took some eating - let me tell you.

    Happy New Year to you too!!