I probably have mentioned this before but I have way too many kitchen gadgets. Once in a while I even find one in the cupboards that I have owned for ages but actually never used. Yesterday I came across an unused pie mould for making 4 smaller pies. This week is the last week of my summer holidays and a perfect opportunity to see whether the pie dish is for keeps or not. Making pies really is easy as pie with this gadget and it will no longer be stuck in the back of my cupboard. I would definitely buy it again but I got it such a long time ago that I cannot remember where I got it from. It must have been either Lakeland or Hagen Grote.
Here are some pics and my Beef & Cider Pie Recipe (for 4 individual pies):
350g beef (cut in mid-sized cubes)
1 onion, sliced
1 apple, cut in chunks
6-8 portobello mushrooms, diced
300ml dry cider
300ml beef broth
salt and pepper, to season
Worcester Sauce, to season
flour for the beef
1.5 roll of puff pastry (350-400g)
Flour and season the beef cubes and fry in a little oil together with the onions. Add the apple chunks and portobello mushrooms and sauté for a minute or two before adding the cider and broth. Bring to the boil and then reduce the heat and leave to simmer for a few hours (mine was on the stove for almost 4 hours). Season with salt, pepper and Worcester Sauce (and anything else you fancy). Preheat the oven to 240C. Lay out the pie mould with the pastry, fill with the beef stew (drain off most of the sauce to prevent soggy pie bottoms) and bake for about 15-20 minutes.
And then, tuck in!