The filling for these pies started off quite bland, but after a quick brainstorm they were transformed with a squirt of ketchup and a dash of Worcestershire sauce, and now they are murderously moreish.

These pies will certainly be a great addition to this years special days !!

  • 300 g 2 1/3 cups plain flour
  • 150 g 1 1/4 cups cold butter
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 large onion finely diced
  • 500 g 1lb minced beef
  • 3 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1/2 tsp celery salt
  • 1 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 125 ml 1/2 cup beef stock
  • 1 egg beaten
  1. To make the pastry, place the flour in a large bowl, stir in a pinch of salt. Add the butter and rub together with your fingertips until it resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  2. Make a well in the centre, add cold water 1 tbsp at a time, until the mixture comes together to make a dough. Wrap in clingfilm and place in the fridge to rest for 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 200C/390F and grease a deep muffin tray.
  4. Meanwhile, to make the filling heat the oil in a large pan, add the onions and minced beef and cook over a medium-high hear for 5 minutes to brown.
  5. Add the tomato puree, celery salt, tomato ketchup and Worcestershire sauce. Stir well, add slat and pepper to taste.
  6. In a separate bowl, gradually whisk the stock into the tbsp of flour until combined and free of lumps. Add to the meat, bring to the boil and cook for 2-3 minutes, until thickened. Remove pan from the heat.
  7. Roll out the pastry on a floured surface and using a circle cutter slightly bigger than the circumference of your muffin tray, cut out ten circles and place them in the tray.
  8. Divide the meat between the pasty cases. Using the remaining pastry, roll out and cut ten lids for the pies.
  9. Brush the rims of the pies with the beaten egg, place the tops on and push down to seal.
  10. Use a sharp knife to cut some slits in the lids for the steam to escape. Brush the pie tops with the remaining beaten egg.
  11. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes, until golden brown.
Recipe Source : Mrs. Lovett's Meat Pies @ threekidsandcountingthepennies

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