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What's your favourite type of pie?

  1. Sausage pie or...

    Fidget pie

    4-5 new potatoes
    1 large dessert apple (or two small ones)
    6 rashers of bacon
    8oz sausage meat (not too strongly flavoured)
    1 rabbit, jointed and boned
    Fresh parsley, finely chopped (large handful!)
    Salt and pepper
    Stock (made using rabbit carcass, a stick of celery, a small carrot, a bay leaf and peppercorns)
    16oz shortcrust pastry (or cheat and buy a frozen 500g block)

    Clean and rub the skin off the potatoes, then slice thinly. Clean, core and peel the apples, then slice thinly. Cut the bacon and the rabbit into small pieces.
    In a large bowl combine the chopped bacon, the sausage meat, the chopped rabbit and the parsley, seasoning to taste.
    Divide the pastry almost in half, putting aside the slightly smaller piece. Roll the pastry into a ball and then roll out flat with a rolling pin. Line a large pie dish with the pastry.
    Place a layer of potatoes on top of the pastry in the pie dish, then a layer of apples. Spread the meat filling evenly over the layer of apples, then top with another layer of apples and another layer of potatoes.
    Pour the stock over the filling until it's just below the edge of the pie case.
    Roll out the second piece of pastry and place it over the pie, closing the edges with a fork before trimming. Make a hole in the centre of the pie crust and then decorate using the offcuts of pastry.
    Bake the pie in an oven preheated to 200C (180C or so for fan force) for one hour.
    Serve hot or cold.

  2. Cheat! That has no fidgets in it!

  3. I have recently tried a blueberry pie which is I think popular in the US? mmmmmmm. Delicious.

  4. @atthe404
    Blueberry pie is yummy but peach and pear pie is ... mmmm ... delicious.

    Peach and Pear Pie
    * 3 Cups Peaches
    * 1 Cup Pears
    * 3/4 Cup Sugar
    * 1/4 Cup Tapioca
    * 1 Tablespoon Cornstarch
    * 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
    * 5 Slices of butter on the very top of pie

    Pie Crust:
    * 1/2 cup Crisco
    * 1 Cup Flour
    * 3 Tablespoons Cold Water
    * Shake of Salt

    1. This will make one crust for the bottom of the pie, repeat crust recipe for the top of the pie again. Mix peeled and skinned peaches and pears with sugar, tapioca, lemon juice and corstarch in a large bowl. Let stand 15 minutes and then pour into pie crust.
    2. Add butter on the top before putting on the top crust. Poke holes in the top crust to let air out while baking.
    3. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 350 degrees for 1 1/2 hours.

  5. No fidgets Raincoaster, because the original name was fitched pie - fitch being five-side. Mine are round but are good for stopping wee people from fidgeting! :D

  6. tt, you have caused me to drool upon my keyboard. Now I have maintenance issues. I read here that Crisco and such no longer have trans-fats (yay!) so I will make this pie! Thank you.
    stonehead, good answer and charming scene!

  7. Muse, another desert great pie is apple, cinnamon and sultana.

    Make up a batch of shortcrust pastry and line a pie dish with half (rolled out). Put a thick layer of peeled and sliced apple in the bottom, scatter sultanas or raisins over the apple, sprinkle with a little unrefined sugar and ground cinnamon, add another layer of apple slices, then more sultanas, sugar and cinnamon, then finish with another layer of apple.

    Use the remaining pastry to make a lid and place it on the pie, sealing the edges first with beaten egg.

    Bake at 180C for 40-45 minutes and serve with cream, custard, icecream or kissel (a Russian dessert made with cornflour, milk, sugar and different flavourings - vanilla is good in this case).

    My apologies for constantly changing measurements - I started life as Australian imperial, then went Australian metric, then moved to the UK where they use both British imperial and Euro metric, and I also have a lot of American friends and cookbooks. So now I'm totally confused!

  8. stone, et al.: You folks are doing me in. I'm going to have to stop blogging and make pie all day. Mmmmm.
    re: changing measurements--as the great North American poet Robert Frost said: "talk Fahrenheit, talk Centigrade. Use language we can comprehend. Tell us what elements you blend." --from 'Choose Something Like a Star'.
    I think you did just that! Thanks for this.

  9. Enjoy!


    1 unbaked pie shell

    Mix Together
    3/4 cup sugar
    1 tablespoon flour
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 cup sour cream
    1 egg
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla
    2 cups sliced and peeled apples

    Put in unbaked pie shell and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes

    Mix together
    1/3 cup sugar
    1/2 cup flour
    1/4 cup butter
    1 teaspoon cinnamon
    1/8 teaspoon salt

    Crumble over pie and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until done (knife inserted in center will come out almost dry)

  10. katm, oh goody you've got it! yummmm. And thank the parental unit for all of us who will enjoy! :)

  11. Gosh now I'm getting hungry. I love apple pies and blueberry pies! I can never resist pies and pastries. :(

  12. @katm
    tx :)

  13. Yeah, I love apple pie as well.

    Mince pies are good too, but only at Christmas.

  14. LOL.

    I will send an email to the maternal unit who was kind enough to type it up for us.

  15. These all sound delicious (and thanks for the fidget update!) but I'm really not so much about pies as pie fillings...or crumbles. I adore crumbles; all the good aspects of pastry, without know...pastry-like.

    The best one I have is from a 40-year-old Canadian government pamphlet. One aspect to socialism is that there is a government agency for everything, even recipes!

    4 Cups diced fruit (berries, apples, virtually anything but citrus, and adding rum-soaked raisins is a good idea too)
    1 Tablespoon water
    3/4 C sugar (or less to taste; this is for rhubarb)
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1/2 C butter
    1 C brown sugar
    2/3 C sifted all-purpose flour
    2/3 C quick-cooking rolled oats
    1 tsp cinnamon

    In buttered 8" square baking pan combine fruit, water, sugar and salt. Mix all dry ingredients together and rub butter into the mix until crumbly. Sprinkle over fruit. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until fruit is tender and top browned. Serve hot, with ice cream.

    I generally add some allspice and, if using apples, some cloves as well. And you can never go wrong slipping a little vanilla into the fruit.

  16. Adding rum is always a good idea, especially to the chef...

  17. I'd say any type of pie would be good.
    But I hate kidney.

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