Saturday, October 18, 2008

Chicken Pie...



A pie is a baked dish which is usually made of pasty dough shell that covers or completely contains a filling of various sweet of savoury ingredients. Pie can be either "filled", where a dish is covered by pastry and the filling is placed on top of that, "top-crust" where the filling is placed in a dish and covered by pasty/potato mash top before baking, or "two-crust", with the filling completely enclosed in the pasty shell. Pies can be a variety of sizes, ranging from bite-size to ones designed for multiple servings.

So called "pyes" originally appeared in England as early as the 12th Century, but the word "pie" is not attested in the Oxford English Dictionary until the 14th Century.

Source: Wikipedia

Recipe adapted from Hug Bear

Pasty:

200g butter

250g plain flour

110g plain yogurt

1 tsp sugar

1 egg yolk

a pinch of salt

Put all the ingredients into the mixing bowl except the yogurt, and mix to a crumble. Add in yogurt and mix to a dough. Dough will be very soft so need to keep in refrigerated for at least 30 minutes.

Filling:

12oz diced potatoes

1 big onion diced

50g mixed vegetable

1/2 can sliced canned mushrooms

2 pieces chicken breast diced

1 tbsp corn starch or potato starch mixed with 2 tbsp water

2 tbsp sugar

2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

Heat about 2 tbsp of oil and fry potatoes with about 4 fl oz of water and 1/2 tsp salt until soft.
Set aside. In a clean wok, heat 2 tbsp oil. Fry the onion till transparent, add mixed vege, mushroom, chicken. Fry for a while to break up chicken. Add in potatoes. Add in about 4 fl oz of water and cook for about 5 minutes. Add in salt, sugar and pepper. Add in cornstarch and stir to thicken mixture. Set aside for later use.

The steps for the chicken pie will be as per normal. You can either do big pie of mini pie. Just need to roll out the dough, cut the size required and place in a pie dish. Poke hole on the base using fork and place ingredients on top. Cut another piece of dough to cover the top. Poke a few more times using fork on the cover of the pie and brush with 1 beaten egg. Baked in a preheated oven at 180C for 30 mins.


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