SCOTTISH NEW YEARS DAY STEAK PIE

Steak Pie

The steak pie became the national New Year’s dinner dish in Scotland because New Year’s Day was not traditionally taken as a holiday, (Western society has only been celebrating New Year for the past 400 years.) Families were too busy to cook and bought big steak pies from their local butcher instead. It was in 1871 that Scotland declared January 1st as a national holiday and then wasn’t until 1971 that Scotland got January 2 as another bank holiday.

Butcher-bought steak pie remains popular today, I suspect partly because most Scots are too hung-over to think about cooking on New Year’s Day. Hogmanay & New Years Day is about more than seeing in the bells with a dram of whisky and the best New Year street party in the world, the traditional celebrations continue well into the next day. In fact, it’s probably partly due to the over indulgence of alcohol that the ritual Ne’erday dinner continues to be such a vital part of New Year for so many Scots. The Traditional Steak Pie is round or oval in shape, which symbolises the end of one year with the seamless beginning of the next.

I do like to make my own steak pie and this recipe dates back to my Grannies and Aunties recipes. They key to a good steak pie is the meat, good quality Scottish Beef is key and it’s important to slow cook until it falls apart. I always make the night before too, this allows the gravy/juices to soak into the meat for an amazing flavour.


Serves 2-3

500g Braising or Stewing Steak (rump steak is also good)

1 Large Onion, Chopped

1 Carrot, Peeled & Sliced

400ml Beef Stock

1-2 Tbsp Beef Gravy Granules

2 Tbsp Olive Oil

Salt & Black Pepper

2 Tbsp Cornflour

1 egg beaten for wash

1 Ready to Roll Puff Pastry

  1. Heat 1 Tbsp oil in a large pan on medium to high heat. Pat dry the meat and coat with the cornflour and season. Brown the meat in the pan, remove with a slotted spoon.
  2. Add 1 Tbsp oil to the pan and add in the onions, cook for a few minutes to soften and brown. Add back to the pan the meat and the carrots along with the beef stock, bring to the boil and reduce to a gentle simmer (very low heat), cover with a lid and slow cook for about 2 hours.
  3. With a slotted spoon carefully remove the meat & vegetables and decant into an oven proof pie dish, with the gravy still in the pan add the gravy granules and mix through on medium heat to thicken up the gravy slightly. (You don’t want it too thick as it will thicken overnight) Pour the gravy over the meat in the oven dish, allow to cool, cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.
  4. When ready to bake, roll your pastry out and using a pastry brush, brush egg wash around the edge of your pie dish, take the pastry and lay over the dish, pressing the edges to seal. Trim any excess pastry. (which you could use for a wee design) Using a knife, make a small hole in the middle to allow the steam to escape. Brush the pastry with the remaining egg wash and bake in a pre heated oven at 200 deg C for about 25-30 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown and cooked.
  5. Serve with your choice of sides. My favourite is Roast Potatoes for New Years Day (perfect Roasties recipe here:-https://theweecaledoniancook.com/2020/12/09/the-best-crispy-roast-potatoes/) and selection of Vegetables. Or any other day we have Mash Potatoes.


Malteser Pie – Simply Heavenly

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O.M.G. What can I say….delicious, moreish, delightful, dessert heaven….oh the list goes on, simply delicious!

Tip: Remove base from tray before putting filling in! (I had a terrible time trying to get it out)

 

Bake tin size – 26cm

450g Maltesers – leave a handful for decorating at end

110g butter – melted

100g caster sugar

4 egg yolks

200g dark or milk chocolate

400ml whole milk

3 tbsp malt powder

300ml double cream

1 tsp vanilla extract

 

  1. Blitz the maltesers in a food processor until crumb like. Empty into a bowl. 20161008_145704
  2. Melt the butter and add to the maltesers, mix through until coated.
  3. Grease the baking tin, push down the crushed malteser into the pan evenly, make sure that you go up the sides as it will need to hold a filling.                                                                        20161008_145943
  4. Put in the fridge to harden.
  5. For the filling, in a pan heat gently the milk, sugar, egg yolks and malt powder until thickened. then add in the melted chocolate, stir through.
  6. Once base has set, remove from tin and fill with the chocolate mixture.  Place in fridge overnight to set.20161008_151844   20161008_184921
  7. When you are ready to serve, then we make the cream topping.
  8. Pour cream and vanilla extract into a bowl and whisk until thick, then top the pie.
  9. Using the left over maltesers, crush and sprinkle on top of pie. oh yeah….Yum…Yum!

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Low calorie Chicken and Veg Pie

chicken veg pie

A lower calories alternative for one of my favourites.

 

Serves 2 – 267 calories per portion

2 smoked back bacon rashers

oil for spraying

100 g mushrooms button, halved (optional)

1 leek, finely sliced

2 chicken breasts, cut into chunks

25 g plain flour

400ml chicken stock, made with 1 stock cube

100g fresh broccoli, cut into small florets

50g peas

2 tbsp half fat creme fraiche

3 sheets filo pastry

salt and pepper

 

1. Preheat oven on Fan to 200 deg.

2. Trim bacon rashers and cut into small strips.

3. Mist the frying pan with oil, add bacon and mushrooms to pan and cook for about 4 mins.

4. Add the leek and chicken and cook until browned, sprinkle over flour and stir, slowly pour in the stock, little at a time.

5. Bring to a simmer and season well with salt and pepper, Add broccoli and peas and bring water back to a simmer. Cook for 5 mins or until sauce thickens, remove from heat and add creme fraiche.

6. Put the mixture into a deep dish. Cut each file sheet into strips about 4cm wide then Spray each filo sheet with oil and working quickly top the dish with filo oil side up, crumpling and scrunching them.

7. Bake for about 15 mins. Serve with some roast potatoes or fresh veg.


Seriously Scoffable Banoffee

 


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My favourite dessert of them all, biscuit, banana, toffee and cream what’s not to like? Yummy!

 

Base:-

350g digestives biscuits – crushed/mashed

150g butter melted

Filling:-

1 pot 284ml double cream

3 bananas

Sauce:-

1 can of condensed milk (400g)

Topping:-

Shaved Chocolate or Toffee bits

 

 

1. To make the toffee sauce, remove the label of the condensed milk and immerse it in boiling water. Boil the tin for 2 – 3 hours. The longer you boil it, the darker and thicker the toffee will be. Make sure that the tin is FULLY immersed in water at all times, otherwise, the tin will explode.

2. For the base, crush the digestives and mix it with melted butter. Using a pestle or fork, press the digestives onto the pan/cake tin. Make sure that there are no holes. Chill. Meanwhile, whip the cream until it’s stiff.

3. Remove biscuit base from fridge, chop bananas into slices, put toffee onto biscuit base and spread evenly, place bananas on top of toffee then spread cream mixture and decorate with some toffee toppings or chocolate whichever is preferable.

Tip:

I suggest using a spring form or loose bottomed cake tin. If not, line your tin with either a cling film or parchment paper so it will be easier to lift the whole pie out without breaking it.


Chicken and Leek Pie

I do love a good pie, well we are known for our pies up here in Scotland, especially our Scotch Pies.

 

SHORTCRUST CHICKEN AND LEEK PIE

2 chicken breasts – cut into chunks

1 Leek, finely chopped

300ml Milk

1 Chicken Stock Cube (Mix with milk)

Salt and pepper to season

2 tablespoons of plain flour

1 teaspoon of nutmeg

15g butter

1 roll of ready rolled pastry

 

1.Roll out and place pastry into tart tin.

2. Prick the base with a fork and lay greaseproof paper on top of pastry

3. Tip in the baking beans

4. Place in oven at 190 deg for 15 mins

5. While pastry in oven, gently fry off chicken until lightly browned then remove from pan

6. Saute the leeks for about 5 mins and remove from pan

7. Melt  butter in a pan gently, stir in the flour until a smooth paste

8. Add stock cube to milk and add to pan little at a time until it thickens slightly

9. Add back the chicken and leeks

10. Add seasoning and nutmeg, stir and gently simmer covered for about 15 mins

11. Remove greaseproof paper and baking beans from pastry and add in the chicken, leek mix

12.Cover with pastry or lattice, brush with little milk

13. Select Shortcrust Pastry setting and cook or convection bake for about 40 mins.