Friday, December 4, 2015

Lamb Pasties

Shaking off the bowl, Dale returned it to his saddle bag and accepted one of the still hot lamb pasties from Paul.

“This is the nearest I could get to our ‘crop’,” Paul explained, “Since we’re blessing what’s in the woods rather than the trees themselves. What tree did we just wassail?”

“A wild plum.” Jasper said with his mouth full. “Jam should be good come fall.”

“Liquor for breakfast.” Riley, looking warmer and definitely cheerful, leaned against Boris to eat his pasty. “I could get used to this.”

~Freeman's Field


Puff Pastry
5 1/2  tablespoons  salted butter, chilled and cut into 1/2 in cubes
5 1/2 tablespoons lard, chilled and cut into 1/2 in cubes
1 2/3 cups flour, sifted, plus extra for dusting
½ tsp salt
3 tablespoons cold water
1 tsp lemon juice
1 large free-range egg, beaten, for egg wash

Mint Sauce
bunch of fresh mint, leaves picked
pinch table salt
1 tbsp granulated sugar
3 tablespoons  white wine vinegar
6 tablespoons boiling water

Lamb Filling
3.5 oz  lamb leg steak, diced into 1 in cubes
1 garlic clove, crushed
½ tsp dried rosemary
salt and freshly ground black pepper
½ large red onion, finely chopped
½ large sweet potato, chopped into small cubes
1 medium carrot, chopped into small cubes
½ bunch fresh flatleaf parsley, leaves picked and chopped
½ tsp dried oregano
1/4 cup  frozen peas, defrosted

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Puff Pastry
  1. Put the butter and lard in a bowl and briefly mix. 
  2. Put the flour and salt in a large mixing bowl and, using your fingertips, briefly rub about a quarter of the butter and lard mixture into the flour (you should still see lumps of butter).
  3. Add cold water and the lemon juice and mix until it comes together to form a dough. Roughly shape the dough into a rectangle.
  4. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the dough into a rectangle about 1/4 inch. With a short end of the rectangle facing you, scatter the remaining lard and butter over the top two thirds of the dough. Fold the bottom third over the butter, then fold the top third down. Rotate the dough 90 degrees, then roll out the dough into a rectangle as before and repeat the folding. Turn, roll and fold the dough another two times, then wrap in cling film and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
  5. Take the cooled pastry from the fridge and repeat the rolling and folding one more time, then return it to the fridge for another 20 minutes.
  6. Roll out the pastry to about 1/4 inch thickness. Cut out 6 circles, approximately 5 inches  in diameter using a small saucer or bowl as a guide. Any offcuts can be rolled out again to make more circles.
Mint Sauce
  1. Sprinkle the mint leaves with a little salt and finely chop. 
  2. Transfer to a jug and pour over about 100 ml  boiling water. Add the sugar, stir well and leave to cool. 
  3. When cooled, stir in the white wine vinegar.
  1. In a medium bowl combine the lamb, garlic and dried rosemary. Add half of the mint sauce and season with salt and pepper. Cover with saran wrap and set aside.
  2. Add the onion, sweet potato, carrots, parsley and oregano to a separate bowl. Add the rest of the mint sauce, season with salt and pepper and mix well. Finally add the frozen peas and mix again.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 F and line two large baking trays with parchment paper.
Lamb Pasties
  1. Put a few spoonfuls of the vegetable filling to one side of each circle and top with a few pieces of lamb – you need enough to fill the pastry but not so full that the pastry will split open. Fold the pastry over the filling (to encase the filling) and use a little water to help the edges of the pastry stick. Crimp the edges using your fingers and place on a baking tray. Repeat until each baking sheet has six pasties on them. 
  2. Brush each pasty with beaten egg and bake for about 40 minutes, or until golden-brown. When cooked, use a spatula to lift the pasties onto wire racks to cool before serving.
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