This pie is something my husband asked me to cook ages ago and I never got around to buying the meat for it. He's loved this pie for years, his Mum used to make a big one I believe and it was one of his favourites, I had never heard of putting pork apple and stuffing together though, I was more used to the traditional chicken or steak and kidney. I have made this pie for him so many times but not baked it in a while so I thought why not? Now that I'm no longer a vegetarian I could give this a go and it's perfect for this weeks Great Bloggers Bake Off Challenge with Jenny,this week hosted by An Organised Mess
You will need (for 2 small bowls or 1 small dish)
Shortcrust pastry either bought from a supermarket or use 80g Doves Farm plain flour and 3 tbsp dairy free butter plus some salt mixed together into crumbs with your fingertips then brought together with 1 egg and a little water into a ball
5 pork pieces (I bought a frozen bag which suited my food budget)
Gluten free stuffing mix (I had to use a gluten mix because my store didn't stock a free from option so I just had Apple and pork-boo!)
Jar of apple sauce
First I defrosted my pork pieces then placed them in a pan with a small amount of oil. When they were cooked I used kitchen scissors to cut the pork into smaller chunks (can't be the only one with rubbish cutlery!?) I made my pastry as the pork kept warm and kept it to one side.
I added a jar of apple sauce to the pork then separated my half and the husbands for the stuffing which I sprinkled on top. I added some boiled water to mix the stuffing in with the pork and apple. When I make a bigger pie I do make my stuffing mix in a jug then pour on top but as these are small pies there really is no need
With the filling in the bowl I separated the pastry ball into 2 then rolled flat before covering both dishes, marking and brushing with milk (you can use an egg wash if you prefer) I used up my left over pastry by making pastry hearts!
The pies were cooked on 180 for 25 minutes and then had 5-10 minutes at 200 before being removed from the oven.
I was really pleased with how they turned out, the pork was really nice. Mr B loved his but I wasn't so keen, mind you mine did lack the stuffing! I picked up a branded apple sauce instead of our usual value as it wasn't in stock and I thought it was much too sweet for the pie so I won't use it again.
Anyway, there's this weeks bake! I have a chocolate pasrty roll on the blog tomorrow which was supposed to go up last week but really didn't fit into any bake off categories; it's very tasty though so do check it out!