Christmas Pies

This is what we had for our xmas lunch this year.

Christmas Pies

The original recipe says to make them in ramekins, but I made these in my muffin tin so we could have smaller ones (I did double the mixture to make 12) – it was a bit fiddly getting the pastry into them, but it was worth it as they were very tasty & went down very well with our guests.Christmas Pies

It’s worth reading all the comments on the original recipe – this is why I used two pieces of baking parchment.

This recipe will make 4 pies in ramekins or 6 in a muffin tin.

Christmas Pies

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Time: 1 hour, but can be made ahead of time
  • Difficulty: medium
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Ingredients

  • 200g leeks, thinly sliced
  • 25g butter, plus a knob
  • 100g mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 4 good pinches ground mace
  • 4 good pinches thyme leaves, plus a few extra small sprigs to decorate
  • 100g potatoes, grated
  • 100g Puy or green lentils, from a can, rinsed and drained
  • 100g cooked chestnuts, finely chopped
  • 8 tbsp double cream
  • 4 tbsp fresh cranberries, plus about 20 to decorate
  • 1 egg, beaten, to glaze
  • 2 tsp redcurrant jelly

For the Pastry

  • 200g plain flour , plus a little extra
  • 100g light vegetarian suet
  • 8 tbsp milk

Instructions

  1. Gently fry the leeks in the butter until softened. Add the mushrooms, mace and thyme, and turn up the heat a bit to soften the mushrooms and drive off any liquid that comes out of them. Stir in the potato for 2 mins, followed by the lentils, chestnuts and cream. Cook for 2 mins more, then take off the heat and stir in the 4 tbsp cranberries.
  2. To make the pastry, put the flour and suet in a food processor with 1 tsp salt. Whizz together until you can’t see any big suet lumps, then keep pulsing while you add the milk, a spoon at a time, until the pastry comes together.
  3. Roll out a quarter of the pastry on a lightly floured surface, then use a biscuit cutter to cut out an appropriate size lid. Use a small star cutter to cut out a star from each lid (I didn’t have one, so had to use a knife) then keep stars and lids covered with cling film.
  4. Cut 2 strips of baking parchment for each pie and use a little butter to stick one in each pie dish, so the ends of the strips stick out each side to help you remove the pies when baked.
  5. Gather lid scraps with the remaining pastry and divide into equal pieces for each pie. Roll out each to £1 coin thickness and use to line each pie dish with an overhang.
  6. Divide the filling between the dishes. Top each with a lid, and roll down the overhang to meet the lid. Use a fork’s prongs to press and seal edges. The pies can now be covered and chilled for up to 24 hrs before baking.
  7. Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/ gas 7.
  8. Brush each pie with beaten egg and bake for 30 mins.
  9. Lift pies from dishes and sit directly onto a baking sheet. Mix 20 cranberries with the redcurrant jelly and divide between the star holes on top. Brush pastry stars with beaten egg, add a small thyme sprig to each, then add to the pie baking sheet and put back in the oven for 5-10 mins, until pies and stars are golden and crisp.
  10. Top each pie with a star and serve.

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