CoRDs was nice enough to give me a good looking recipe from a very old Australian cook book so I thought I would attempt to follow the recipe as exactly as possible. Some of the things (like Parisian Essence) are not essential to the flavor of the meal and also are impossible to find here. I know I should use Beef Lard for the pie crust but I probably won’t do that because its hard to get here.
Australian Meat Pies
Temp: 400F to 375F
2 cups Plain Flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup water
4 tablespoons beef dripping (I used butter in place of this)
345g puff pastry
1/2kg coarsely minced beef
1 stock cube (I used the equivalent amount of bouillon concentrate)
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups water
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
3 tablespoons plain flour
Extra 1/2 cup water
Saute the meat in a saucepan until well browned. Do not add any oil. Drain off any surplus fat. Add crumbled stock cube, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Add water, bring to boil, cook few minutes. Mix flour with extra water until smooth. Remove the pan from heat, cool slightly, stir in flour thickening. Bring back to the boil, stirring continuously, until well thickened. Cook further few minutes. Add sufficient Parisian Essence to give rich brown coloring.
For the base pastry, sift flour and salt into basin. Place water and dripping in sauce pan; heat gently to melt dripping. Pour hot liquid into well in centre of flour. Mix with knife to begin with and when cool enough, use hands. Knead on lightly-floured board until free of cracks. Roll out, and line bases of pie dishes. Use small saucer to cut circles. Fill centres with prepared cooled filling.
For the pastry tops, roll out puff pastry on lightly floured board, and cut with small saucer to make rounds for tops. Wet edges of base pastry, gently press tops into place. Pierce centre with pointed knife. Brush well with egg glaze. Place in hot oven approximately 10 minutes until browned then reduce heat to moderate and cook further 5 minutes.
*A quick note on Parisian Essence – I had no idea what it was when I got the recipe. I did a Google search and it seems pretty simple to make. It is just sugar and water cooked down to a dark molasses color. It is added to recipes like this one to make the food look darker and richer. It is also commonly added to brown gravies.
I have been told these are served with “tomato sauce” on top of them but when I asked what kind, my informants described ketchup. I intend to serve them with ketchup available because Carter is not a big fan of ketchup on most things. I was also deliberating adding a portobello mushroom to the mix, diced up like the meat. I think the mushroom might give it a delicious rich flavor. I find it odd that there is no garlic or onion in this recipe as well but that’s ok! I can live without it, at least the first time I make it. I have to get some pie plates from the store (I think I will buy some aluminum ones from the grocery store that are disposable and order some good ones from Amazon for the future) Pics and Updates on this tomorrow! 🙂