Remember the pork pies my colleague made? They were so good. Unfortunately, they had a lot of lard etc. in the recipe. I tried a healthier version including whole wheat flour.
Halfway through the recipe I noted that my muffin pan was missing. Argh… So I used a different one that looks like little flowers haha. Oh well, it worked. Although they look more like little mushrooms.
I also could not help myself and add some vegetables. My husband was rolling his eyes!
Healthier Pork Pies
• 800g lean pork mince
• 1 large onion , finely chopped
• 1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
• 1 tsp English mustard powder
• 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
• 1 tsp Cumin
• 1 cup of Peas
• 1 large potato cooked and cut in small pieces
FOR THE PASTRY
• 100g vegetable shortening + 100g margarine
• 500g whole wheat flour + 250g all purpose flour
• oil , for greasing
• 1 egg , lightly beaten
Mix the filling ingredients and season. Grease 12 holes of a muffin tin or on my case a fancy flower baking mold .
To make pastry, melt the shortening and margarine. Sieve the flour into a food processor and add 2 tsp salt. While processor is on, pour in shortening and margarine and water mix, then blend until you have a smooth dough. Turn out into a bowl and remove two-thirds, covering the final third with a tea towel to keep warm.
Roll larger piece out on a floured surface to about 2-3mm thick – work quickly as the dough is easier to work with when warm. Cut out 12 x 11cm circles using a pastry cutter. Fill your fancy-dancy baking mold with the dough leaving a slight overhang.
Heat oven to 180C. Divide filling between pastry cases, pushing down lightly. Roll out remaining pastry on a floured surface and stamp out 12 x 8cm circles. Brush edges of filled cases with egg, then put lids on top. Pinch together and crimp the edges with your fingers. Brush with beaten egg.
Bake in oven for 30 mins, then remove the pies and gently take them out of the holes. Brush the sides and top again with egg and place directly onto the baking tray. Turn oven to 200C and cook for 25-30 mins until the sides are set and tops a deep golden colour. Remove and cool on a wire rack.
I have to admit that mine are not very pretty but they make for a nice snack or picnic. If you have no health issues and are one to exercise on a regular basis then please use lard. It does make for a flakier pastry.
Since I am a notorious couch potato I have to live with the slightly healthier but denser version.