Tuesday, June 14, 2011

I've become a Pie Lady!

Forgive my long break between posts. I haven't had much I thought was worthy of sharing. But I thought you might be interested in my pie recipe. I NEVER thought I'd be sharing recipes on my blog!!

My mother does meat and 3 vege 'til the cow comes home. She occasionally gets particularly adventurous and does packet mixes. Rice-a-Riso was a childhood treat! Do you remember that one?!

Anyhow, with the help of google and the multitude of recipe sites out there (and the multitude of kind people who contribute to those sites) I've expanded my repertoir considerably of recent years.

And now that my recipes are all organized in simple binders like this, I'm on a roll!
New recipe book system
(see also My daughter's recipe book )

Last month I was trying to work out what to do with some beef mince that needed using and some shortcrust pastry that my husband bought by mistake (why is it that men don't read the fine writing - "puff pastry is similar to shortcrust pastry isn't it?"!!).

So I found a recipe for small pies that proved such a hit with the family that I have made many batches since. My girls have taken them to school and had to share them with friends. The school headmaster even admired them. Perhaps we have so much international cuisine in our diets these days (italian, chinese, thai, indian, ...) that the humble pie has now become exotic!!

I made a couple of pages about it:

And here is the text from the recipe (I do apologize that I have now lost the link to the original recipe). I have subsequently adapted it anyway with a change in quantities, the addition of zucchini and cornflour and sesame seeds.

Mini Pies
Makes 20

1 white onion, diced finely
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
500g premium beef mince
2 Tbsp tomato paste
1 cup diced tomatoes
½ carrot, peeled and grated
1 stick celery, diced finely
1 small zucchini, diced finely
2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp dried Italian herbs
2 sheets low-fat shortcrust pastry
1 egg, beaten
1 Tbsp cornflour
1 pkt 5 sheets shortcrust pastry
sesame seeds


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Combine the onion, garlic and olive oil in a saucepan over a medium heat and fry for 2 minutes, until softened. Add the mince and cook for 4 minutes, until browned. Mix in the tomato paste and cook until dry, then fold in the diced tomatoes.
  2. Fold in the carrot, celery, zucchini, Worcestershire sauce, cornflour and dried Italian herbs, then set aside to cool. Cut discs of shortcrust pastry to line 20 ½ cup muffin tins, then fill with the beef mixture.
  3. Cut pastry discs to top, then arrange on top and press to seal. Brush the tops with egg, sprinkle with sesame seeds, cut a small vent hole, then bake for 25 minutes, until golden.
If you do happen to make some I'd love to hear what you think!!


  1. I love your cookbooks ;) I have many books and especially books of cake stores. I am so greedy and I like making cakes ;) and thank you for the recipe. That has the really delicious air(sight). I am soon going to be on holidays and I am going to have time to try ;) your two pages are really very beautiful and give appetite lol Hugs

  2. What beautiful layouts you've made there! And I'm sure I could adapt this to something vegetarian... if we weren't both on diets till, as you say, the cows come home... =)

  3. Hello Esther. I just saw your comment on my blog and also noted you'd posted my page to the favorites thread! Two great surprises! I thank you for both and the nice compliments.
    The slide show is of my Mother. It is rather long, but I wanted to get all the pictures of her in at once. I think she was a beautiful young woman, and I love to wear dark lipstick in her honor.
    I love your blog and will become a follower.

  4. I must try the pie sometime -- I'll let you know if I do. I have to say, I'm very impressed with your recipe organization. I've just got one large binder packed with my recipes. I need to get some order on it! You've inspired me!

    And thanks for stopping by my blog :) I'd love if you played along with the ad challenge sometime. I'm hoping to do a little feature on people who play along...once a few people do, that is :)

  5. Esther I just made your beautiful pies and they turned out perfectly! Delicious!! Thanks for sharing the recipe!!


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