Mega Mince-Pie (from Pieminister’s a Pie for All Seasons)
If you know me at all you’ll know one thing. I like pie. No, that’s a huge understatement. I LOVE pie. In particular I love Pieminister pies. Ever since I first tried my first bite of ‘The Matador’ at a one of our ‘Pie and Cake’ parties at University, I knew I was hooked. I could wax lyrical about how wonderful their pies are all day. Fresh, organic, locally sourced ingredients all combined to make the most glorious, flavoursome pies you will ever come across. I can only recommend, if you have never tried them before, you look up your nearest store, hot foot it down than and order a pie with a side of mash and minty peas as soon as physically possible. Your life will never be the same.
I’m sure you’re now getting the picture as far as the extent of my love for Pieminister is concerned. So what could have filled me with more delight than to discover that Tristan and Jon had released a cookbook detailing dozens of recipes for fabulous pies I could try myself? Nothing, that’s what. Naturally I bought the cookbook as soon as I could and positively ruined the pages as I leafed through and salivated over the possibilities. It was just before Christmas, and one particular pie caught my eye. MEGA. MINCE. PIE. Three words guaranteed to make my heart leap with joy even as my arteries recoil in horror.
Reading through the recipe on Christmas eve I have to admit I was intimidated. Making my own mince meat? Really? But it was actually surprisingly easy to do, as was the suet pastry (a form of pastry I’ve never tried before). Alas, disaster, my pie tin died a death some months before and I never have gotten round to replacing it so I had to use a regular cake pan. This made for a ridiculously deep fill mince pie, which perhaps wasn’t the best way to go, but all in all it was absolutely delicious! The mince meat recipe made far more than could fill the pie so we had enough to make some individual mince pies with it as well (and there’s still some in the freezer). I will definitely be making this again next year (though hopefully by then I’ll have replaced my pie tin) and I’m almost tempted to say I will never go back to store bought mince meat again!