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3 Perfect Pie RecipesPie lovers rejoice! British Pie Week is in full swing and what better time to celebrate the nation’s favourite pastry covered treat than by rolling up your sleeves, dusting off your rolling pin and making your own slice of pie perfection for the whole family to enjoy? Whether you favour a classic steak and ale or like to satisfy your sweet tooth with a fruity filling, we’ve put together three of our favourite recipes for you to try out at home. Better yet, we’ve got a huge range of handy products on the Tower site to make the whole process of pie making easier ever, with tools to help with everything from the chopping to the baking! In honour of British Pie Week we are offering free delivery all this week across the Tower site with the discount code FREED. Simply add the code at the checkout and get your hands on some amazing products to help with your pastry covered masterpieces.
Steak & Ale PieFirst up, we’ve got a Great British classic with big chunks of succulent steak, thick beef gravy and buttery puff pastry- the perfect remedy for chilly evenings! Total time to table: 4 hours Total Cost Per Serving: £1.04 Contains Nuts? No Suitable for Vegetarians? No Serves: 4 Ingredients
- 1 onion (chopped)
- 1 small stick of celery (chopped)
- 2 tbsp butter
- 2 tbsp plain flour
- 700g beef stewing steak (cut into large chunks)
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 2 beef stock cubes
- 540ml can dark ale or beer
- 500g puff pastry Preparation
- In a large saute pan like the Tower 28cm Forged Saute Pan, add the chopped onion, the celery and the butter and cook on a medium heat until softened. Add the flour, the beef, the stock cubes and the Worcester sauce and stir until combined.
- Brown the beef then transfer the ingredients to a slow cooker – we recommend the Tower 5L Digital Multi Cooker. Add the beef and slow cook the filling for 2-3 hours or until the meat is tender.
- Add the meat filling to a pie dish and set aside to cool slightly. Preheat the oven to 220°C /200°C fan/ Gas Mark 7. Roll out the puff pastry to the size of the dish, carefully place on top and trim off the excess.
- Lightly brush with a beaten egg and make a small hole in the centre to release the steam Bake in the oven until golden brown.
Chicken & Ham PieFor something a little lighter, a Chicken and Ham pie is perfect, with big chunks of meat and a creamy sauce, perfect if you’ve got any leftovers from your Sunday roast! Total time to table: 1 hour 10 mins Total Cost Per Serving: £1.50 Contains Nuts? No Suitable for Vegetarians? No Serves: 6 Ingredients
- 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts (cubed)
- 2 tsp fresh thyme (chopped)
- 850ml hot chicken stock
- 50g butter
- 2 small onions (chopped)
- 50g plain flour
- 300ml milk
- 2 tbsp chopped parsley
- 4 thin slices ham (cut into strips)
- 500g pack shortcrust pastry
- 1 egg (beaten)
- 50g peas & sweetcorn
- Add the chicken to a non-stick pan like the Tower Cerastone 20cm Colour Change Ceramic Coated Fry Pan and gently brown. Add half of the stock and simmer for 15 minutes.
- Into a separate pan like the Tower 24cm Forged Casserole add the butter then the onions and cook for around 5 minutes until softened. Stir in the flour and add the reserved stock a little at a time until you have a smooth, thick sauce. Add the milk and the chopped thyme and allow to simmer for 2 minutes.
- Add the chicken and the chopped ham and stir to combine.
- Preheat the oven to 200C/ 180C fan/ Gas 6.Transfer the filling to a deep ovenproof dish (the Tower 25.5cm Cast Iron Au Gratin would be perfect) and allow to cool slightly.
- Roll out the shortcrust pastry until it’s just larger than the dish and carefully lie over the top, trimming any excess. Brush with beaten egg and bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes until golden brown.
Blackberry & Apple PieA perfect pie if fruit is what you fancy, with a sweet pastry crust and tangy filling, great as a family dessert with lashings of custard. Total time to table:40 minutes Total Cost Per Serving: £1.50 Contains Nuts? No Suitable for Vegetarians? Yes Serves: 8 Ingredients
- 2 tbsp plain flour (plus extra for dusting)
- 750g sweet shortcrust pastry
- 1kg Bramley apples (peeled and sliced)
- 400g blackberries
- 140g caster sugar (plus extra for sprinkling)
- Pinch ground cinnamon
- 1 egg (beaten)
- Tip the sliced apples into a microwaveable dish and cook on high for 3 minutes. Add the berries, sugar, cinnamon and flour and stir to combine.
- Roll out the pastry to around 5mm thick and use the Reversible Pastry Cutter from the Tower Large Pie Maker to cut out the top and bottom of your pie. Gently lie the pastry into the pie mould and add the apple filling, topping with the pre-cut pastry lid.
- Close the lid of the Pie Maker and press down until the locking latch clicks.
- Set the timer and cook for 20-30 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown.