Hot Water Pastry for Raised Pies
About this recipe:
Hot water pastry is great for game or pork pies, and bakes into a golden brown, thick crust. Why not also see our recipe for Raised Pork Pie*.
15cm/6” round, loose bottom, deep cake tin, 3cm/1¼” cookie cutter or egg cup, mixing bowls, saucepan and oven tray
HOT WATER PASTRY
300g Doves Farm Organic Plain White Flour
pinch of salt
RAISED PIE FILLING
550g hot water pastry from above
700g pork pie filling*
butter, for dish
170°C, Fan 150°C, 325°F, Gas 3
Hot Water Pastry
- Put the flour and salt into a bowl and stir to combine.
- Break the egg into the middle of the flour. Beat the egg, in the bowl, combining it with the flour until it is dispersed through the flour.
- Measure the water into a saucepan, add the lard and put the pan over a medium heat.
- As soon as the pan comes to the boil, remove it from the heat.
- Pour the hot liquid into the flour mixture while stirring.
- Using your hands gather the mix together to form a soft and smooth ball of dough.
- Cover and leave to stand for 20 minutes.
- Pre heat the oven.
- Rub butter generously around the base and sides of a 15cm/6” round, loose bottom, deep cake tin or insert a baking liner.
- Take two thirds of the pastry and press it into the bottom and sides of the dish.
- Tip the pie filling into the pastry lined tin and smooth the top.
- Brush the pastry rim with water.
- Lightly dust the work surface with flour, put the remaining dough in the middle and sprinkle it with more flour.
- Roll the pastry into a 15cm/6” circle.
- Brush a little water around the circumference of the pastry circle.
- Press a 3cm/1¼” cookie cutter or egg cup into the centre of the pastry and remove the small pastry circle. This will allow steam to escape during cooking.
- Transfer the pastry circle over the filled pie, inverting it so the moistened side is down.
- Press, pinch or crimp together the outside edges using your fingers or the flat prongs of a fork.
- Brush the remaining beaten egg over the top of the pie.
- Place the pie on an oven tray and bake for 70-80 minutes until golden.
- Allow the pie to cool completely in the tin.
- Carefully push and lift the cold pie out of the tin.
- Wrap the pie and refrigerate. Best eaten within 3-4 days.