350g/12 oz plain flour
150g/5 oz butter or margarine, cut into flakes
1 egg yolk
6 tablespoons lukewarm water
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg, beaten toglaze
1 bread roll
6 tablespoons hot milk
50g/2 oz streaky bacon
350g/12 oz minced pork and veal (I normally just use the pork mince)
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
6 tablespoons single cream
pinch each of salt, white pepper, cayenne pepper, ground allspice, ground cardamom and dried basil
1/4 teaspoon grated lemon rind.
Sift the flour into a mixing bowl and dot with the butter. Form a well in the centre and add the egg yolk, water and salt. Starting at the centre, knead all the ingredients quickly together to form a pastry dough. Wrap in foil or cling film and leave for 2 hours in the refrigerator.
Crumble the bread roll into a basin and spoon the milk over it. Finely chop the onion, Dice the bacon and fry with the onion until golden brown, turning continuously. In a bowl, mix the minced meats with the squeezed breadcrumbs, the bacon and onion mixture, parsley, cream, seasoning, spices and lemon rind. The mixture should be highly spiced. (Note: I find this tasty, rather than hot.)
Preheat the oven to hot (220 deg. C, 425 deg. F, Gas mark 7). Roll out 2/3 of the dough on a floured board to line a 20cm/8" sandwich cake tin, leaving a border of about 3mm/ 1/8" above the tin. Prick the pastry base in several places and spread the filling smoothly over it. Roll out the rest of the dough to the size of the tin, place over the filling and seal the edges well. Make a small hole in the centre. Brush the surface with beaten egg and pierce in several places with a skewer. From the remains of the pastry cut out flowers, leaves and stalks, and use to decorate the pie. Brush with beaten egg and bake the pie for about 1 hour. Cover with foil after 45 mins. Place on a serving dish and serve hot. (Note: this is equally good cold.) It's a really good pie for a Christmas feast or equally obliging for a summer picnic . . .
The weather here, however, hasn't been terribly obliging. After yesterday's strong winds and heavy rain, it cleared long enough this morning for us to have a wander round the boot sale, though there weren't many people selling (hardly surprising given the weather and the proximity of Christmas). The usual house clearance people were there and you never know what turns up. I idly looked at some 1950s or 60s recipes that the (presumably late) Miss E Lewis, formerly of Nottinghamshire, had saved. I asked the price of her sewing box and contents, but at £25, too pricey. I - stupidly - picked up a bag and examined the vintage garment within. Well, vintage or not, it absolutely REEKED in the way that only something much worn and never washed for many years (and the body wearing it) can reek. - ych a fi as they say in our neck of the woods! I couldn't wait to wash my hands after that!
Anyway, on another stall two lovely old jugs caught my eye, and reader, know that I bought them!
This is a lovely little Gaudy Welsh jug, with what the trade calls a caterpillar handle (see link). It ends in a little - Chinese? - face. Update: research has shown this is actually a Hydra (hence the face). This design can be found on Mason's ironstone jugs c. 1820.
It's going on my dresser and I shall enjoy it - normally I couldn't afford to buy one of these, but at £3 I splashed out! HERE is a link to a Gaudy specialist.
Yesterday I had a busy morning in the kitchen, and made a Cheese Loaf, and Apple Yeastbread.
Sorry about the flash being pointed too low. Not that it affected the flavour of the bread!
Basically it is a standard bread dough, rolled out, then sprinkled with chopped apples, sugar, and cinnamon, rolled up and cooked in a square cake tin. Then you brush it with melted syrup when it comes out of the oven. . Just the thing for a winter's day . . .