My little Bake Off Activities at home help shorten the wait from one episode to the next one. Some weeks even fly past and suddenly it's high time to get a bake in. I'm always glad to be at home though as my skills wouldn't be up to scratch for the show. Pie week was a good week. The custard tarts sounded very tempting but it was a savoury pie, which made it into our oven this week. Kimberley, who has been very successful in the Bake Off tent from the very beginning, made a great "Chicken, bacon and butternut squash pie", which looked very tasty on the screen.
So that meant giving filo pastry a go. It's quite labour-intensive and buying it in the shop makes a lot of sense. And that's what I'll be doing next time.
But it was fun giving it a go, even if half the Sunday was taken up with pie making. There is lots of pulling and tearing to thin out the pastry. I had my doubts, whether I was doing the right thing, but with beginner's luck it worked out somehow. The recipe can be found here. I reduced the amount of butter for sticking the dough together. There is no savarin mould in the house so the pie went into a round cake tin instead. It was then turned over and I brushed some egg wash onto it and left it in the ring to bake.
This pie is a really hearty affair. A proper lads pie. Even without the chicken skin and the pork scratchings, which are a little hard to come by over here. It has got a lovely curry flavour to it and it's full to burst with filling. Along with some home made soup, it should keep us going for some quick after-work dinners this week.