Quorn® and sweet potato balti pies

    1 hour 20 min

    For these savoury Indian style pies I chose Quorn® because that’s what I had in the freezer at the time, but you could quite easily replace that with chicken. In fact, save for the mix of spices, you could put whatever you like into these delicious little pies.

    TheBattlingBaker

    Gloucestershire, England, UK
    1 person made this

    Ingredients
    Makes: 12 mini pies

    • For the filling
    • ½ vegetable stock cube
    • 200ml boiling water
    • 1 tablespoon butter
    • 1 onion, finely chopped
    • 50g mushrooms, sliced
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • 1 green chilli, finely chopped
    • 1 tablespoon plain flour
    • 1 tablespoon curry powder (Madras or other)
    • ½ tablespoon ground ginger
    • ½ tablespoon ground cumin
    • ½ teaspoon garam masala
    • ½ tablespoon ground coriander
    • 50g sweetcorn
    • 150g Quorn®, in pieces
    • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and diced
    • For the hot crust pastry
    • 400g plain flour
    • 80g strong white plain flour
    • 80g unsalted butter
    • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
    • 200ml boiling water
    • 100g lard, melted
    • 1 beaten egg for glazing

    Method
    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:50min  ›  Ready in:1hr20min 

    1. Pre-heat your oven to 220 C / Gas 7. Have a 12 hole muffin tin ready (no need to grease it).
    2. For the filling add the stock to the boiling water and let it dissolve. In a large saucepan melt the butter. Add the onions, mushrooms, garlic and chilli. Gently cook until the onions are soft and translucent. Add the stock in and then the flour. Stir in so the flour is completely combined. Next add all the spices and the rest of the ingredients. Stir thoroughly and let it all simmer for around 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    3. To make the pastry, add both flours to a large bowl and rub in the butter. Add the salt to the boiling water so that it dissolves. Add the melted lard into the boiling water/salt and then pour this into the flour mixture. Initially, because it will be hot, mix this with a spoon so that the pastry starts to form. Once cool enough take the dough out of the bowl and transfer to a lightly floured surface. Work the dough into a ball. Roll it out to a thickness of around 1cm and then cut into circles of around 10cm, enough to fit each “well” of the muffin tin. Press these into the muffin tins and then cut out another 12 circles of around 8cm for the lids of the pies.
    4. Fill each pie case with around 2 to 3 tablespoons of the prepared mixture. Be careful not to overfill, you don’t want it to burst through the lid during baking. Add your lids and crimp the edges to the body of the pies. Make a hole in the top of each pie to let steam escape during baking. Finally brush some of the beaten egg over the top of each pie so that you get that lovely golden finish when they are cooked. Pop them in the oven and bake for 50 minutes.
    5. Once baked remove from the oven and let them stand for 5 minutes before remove from each muffin case and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

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