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Mini Pork Pies
The Boys Do Bake Off - Series 2, Ep.5 - Pie Week
On to our next challenge, set by Paul Hollywood. For many of the bakers in week five this was the first time they had made hot water crust pastry and this is also the case for us Gents. We've had many a mini pork pie, but never made by us. Thankfully, unlike the bakers on Bake Off, we've got our hands on Paul's complete recipe.
The filling is simple. Chopped onion and parsley is added to pork and bacon then seasoned. As we halved the recipe we found it simpler to stick to a standard pack of minced pork only, but of course you could add bacon and use pork loin like Paul. We felt confident with seasoning and didn't fry off a piece to test, though we did fry off the leftover filling and it was delicious!
The hot water crust pastry sounds strange, but it really is rather simple. Whilst the lard gently melted we weighed out our flours and rubbed in our butter. Once melted, we poured our lard into our boiling salted water then stirred into our flour mixture. It quickly came together with a spoon and was soon ready roll out.
We found the warm pastry fairly easy to work with, although as it cooled it wanted to shrink back a bit. We re-rolled once or twice and overcame this with a slightly larger cutter. Once cut we lined our tray ready to fill. We used a Lakeland mini-cake tray, but a muffin tin or similar is fine.
We filled the cases fairly generously but still found we had some left over mix (our halved recipe only made enough pastry for five pies). After a quick crimp and an egg wash they got 45 minutes in the oven at 170 degrees fan. Paul's recipe says 50 mins at 190 but we know our oven is on the hot side.
Once out of the oven you can fill with a jelly/stock mixture, but we opted to leave ours au naturel. Crisp, flavoursome and light. These mini pork pies are a thing of beauty and a world away from the cloying greasiness of most supermarket versions. Roll on summer picnics and enjoy with some homemade Autumn Piccalilli?