Sally Webb goes all retro with a kooky pie inspired by her mum’s cooking…
My mum has always been a good cook. I think she learned from my grandma, who was also a bit of a legend in the kitchen. Mum’s style leans toward hearty, homely dishes, whether traditional British in style or influenced by the Mediterranean. Everything is always cooked from scratch and utterly delicious – her moussaka is out of this world.
I was a very fussy eater as a child, but mum always found something that would tempt me, whether it was a roast dinner on a Sunday, sausage cakes (as opposed to Scotch eggs, which I wouldn’t eat because I didn’t like eggs), cottage pie or spaghetti Bolognese (out of which I insisted on picking the ‘bits’, namely peppers and mushrooms). Her corned beef pie was another teatime classic that never met with any complaints. It comprised perfectly crumbly shortcrust pastry encasing a rich filling made up of an under-used cupboard staple. It is tasty, satisfying and very inexpensive to make, best served with a squirt of ketchup, buttery new potatoes and a crisp green salad after a brisk country walk.
Sally’s Corned Beef Pie
Shortcrust pastry ingredients
19cm flan dish or shallow pie dish
3oz/85g self-raising flour
3oz/85g plain wholemeal flour
Pinch of salt
3 tbsp cold water
1. Either rub in the flour, salt and butter or use a food processor to turn it into the texture of breadcrumbs. Bind it with the water to form a dough. Chill for about 15 minutes.
2. Split the pastry into one third/two thirds and roll out a base and a top for the pie.
Pie filling ingredients
6ozs/170g corned beef
2ozs/57g fresh breadcrumbs (white or wholemeal)
Half a teaspoon mixed herbs
Half a shallot chopped very finely
Half a teaspoon Worcester sauce
3 tablespoons of milk
Shake of black pepper
1. Make the breadcrumbs in a food processor, add the corned beef and mix until all the lumps are gone.Add all the other ingredients and mix well.
2. Fill the pie. Brush the edges with water to seal the lid.
3. Add the lid, trim the edges.
4. Cook at 200C (180 fan) or Gas No. 6 for about 40 minutes.
Adapted from a recipe in The Dairy Book of Home Cookery by Sonia Allison published by Wolfe Publishing Ltd. 1969.
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