Wholesome meal with a Chicken and Mushroom Pie

Chicken & Mushroom Pie Pic: Priya Q

I recently borrowed a great cookery book from a friend and as I was glancing through I had the urge to try out something new. Well, I have made pies before but they have been open ones. This one looked different and was also cooked differently than my normal style, so I zeroed on this one. But I decided to go with different ingredients essentially what I had readily available in my refrigerator! Taste wise came out well 🙂 texture wise could have been better!! Well I will tell you the mistake I made as I go along!

 

For the pastry

All purpose flour (Maida / refined flour) – 3 cups

Butter – 150 gms (cubed)

Chilled Water – 1/4 cup

 

For the filling

Chicken breast – 250 gms

Onion – 1 nos (small sized) – finely chopped

Mushroom – 50 gms (sliced)

Potato – 1 small (sliced)

Fresh coriander – 2 tbsp

Salt and pepper for seasoning

egg – 1 no (beaten)

 

Pastry

  1. Put flour in a large bowl and add butter
  2. Rub the butter into the flour gently till you reach a breadcrumb kid of consistency. (this needs patience :))
  3. Now add chilled water, little by little as you work the mixture. It will start clinging together
  4. Move the mixture to a floured worktop and gently knead the dough until smooth
  5. Wrap it in a clingfilm and refrigerate for atleast 20 minutes

 

For the filling

  1. Cube the chicken in to small pieces
  2. To above add all vegies and season it

 

Preparing the pie

  1. Pre heat the oven to 180 degree C (350 degree F)
  2. Take 2 quarter plates of different size. 1 should be smaller than the other by few centimeters
  3. Keep 1/3rd of the pastry and reserve to make lids
  4. Roll out the rest and using the bigger plate cut out circles
  5. In the center add filing
  6. Roll out the remaining pastry and using smaller plate cut out the lids and cover each of the circle with filling
  7. Using your fingertip and little water seal the pie .Bring it up and pinch the edges together
  8. Make a hole or a cross in the middle of each pie
  9. Brush it with egg and slide it onto baking sheet
  10. Bake for 1 hour
  11. Serve as it is or with your favorite sauce

 

Area where I went wrong was I rolled out thick circles therefore had to bake it longer than 1 hour and in the end the pastry was tough in few places. Since I normally cook my filling before putting inside the pie and spent less time in the oven; I was wary and subconsciously made thicker pie crust fearing what if the filling comes out during baking…which in the hindsight I feel was nothing to be worried about! Anyways, there always a next time 🙂

till next time…have fun cooking!

(is there any recipe you would specifically want to know? …do let me know! :) )

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