What is your ‘death row’ dessert – this is mine, absolutely hands down. I just adore it’s melt in the mouth full on sweet, lemony deliciousness. The pastry in this recipe is part of the secret as it is really, really light and is the perfect host or backdrop for the lemon filling and the soft, sweet, crispy meringue topping.
Pastry is not one of my strong points – something always seems to go wrong and this was no different.
The pastry base bubbled up from the base of the tin when it was baking in the oven (not lined with enough baking beans to weigh it down) then it shrank and a little part of one side fell in completely. Then to top it off some of the filling leaked out of a little crack in the pastry when it was baking in the oven. Disaster!
Guess what ?? It tasted divine and all of the ‘disasters’ made no difference at all!
Sometimes things don’t go to plan however sometimes that’s ok
So go get yourself some lemons and some eggs and give this a shot to see if it is a contender for your favourite dessert.
This pie is a must-have at Christmas in our house. Over the years we have developed a tradition whereby we have Christmas dinner No.1 which is the traditional turkey, ham, potatoes roasted in goose fat, stuffing, veg, pigs in blankets and gravy, on St Stephens Day we have Christmas dinner No. 2 which is more or less the same with freshly cooked roast potatoes and different veg which I enjoy even more than dinner on Christmas Day! ) and then we have Christmas dinner No.3 which is the Turkey Pie. My adult children now insist that we stick to this routine and no matter what they have on they all manage to be here for these 3 dinners ! It is a nice way to extend Christmas to be honest and for us all to have dinner together. The pie in particular is a really nice change and a great way to use up leftover cooked meat – any mixture of turkey and / or ham can be used and of course this pie can be made anytime with cooked chicken. Happy Christmas to you all and happy cooking in 2018! x
Approx. 30 minutes prep & 45 minutes in the oven
50g butter plus extra for greasing
1 onion sliced
1 large leek, trimmed & sliced
250g button mushrooms, sliced
1 tablespoon plain flour
250ml chicken stock
1 bay leaf
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
900g cooked turkey cut into chunks(or mixture of ham, turkey or chicken)
200/225g ready rolled puff pastry
1 egg lightly beaten
Salt & freshly ground black pepper
How to make it!
- Preheat oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5
- Heat the butter in a sauté pan
- Add the onion, garlic, leek and mushrooms and sauté for 2-3 minutes until softened but not coloured
- Stir in the flour and cook for 2 minutes, stirring continuously
- Gradually pour the stock into the pan followed by the cream, stirring until smooth after each addition
- Add the bay leaf, bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes until thickened, stirring occasionally
- Stir in the parsley, season to taste and set aside to cool.
- Cover the sauce with a buttered circle of non-stick parchment paper to prevent a skin forming
- Place the cooked turkey / meat in a 1.75L (3 pint) pie dish and ladle over the sauce
- Stir gently to combine.
- Roll out the pastry to a thickness of 0.5cm/¼cm on a lightly floured surface to fit the top of the pie dish making sure that it is large enough to hang over the edges like a ‘blanket’.
- Place the pastry lid on top of the pie, trimming it down to fit and brush around the edges with a little water to help it stick, then press down along the sides to seal.
- Cut a small slit in the pastry lid to allow the steam to escape
- Cut out a few decorative pastry leaves to put in the centre of the pastry lid.(optional)
- Brush with the beaten egg and bake for 45 minutes or until the pastry is nicely puffed up and golden brown.
Serve with some creamy mashed potato and enjoy!