Tuesday

Latticed Mince Pie

gluten-free dairy-free


Ingredients:


For pastry
225g (8oz) gluten-free flour
1/4 x 5ml spoon (1/4 teaspoon) xanthan gum
1/4 x 5ml spoon (1/4 teaspoon) dried mixed herbs or fresh from your garden
pinch salt
50g (2oz) lard or shortening
50g (2 oz) dairy-free margarine
cold water to mix, about 30 ml (approximately 2 tablespoons)
25g (1oz) caster sugar for sweet pastry


Filling

2 x 15ml spoons olive oil
1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
1red or green pepper, de-seeded and diced 
1 clove garlic, crushed
450 g (1 lb) lean minced beef
1 beef stock cube made up to 150 ml (1/4 pint) with water.
1 x 15 ml spoon (1 tablespoon) spiced, gluten-free relish
salt and freshly ground black pepper
dairy-free milk or beaten egg, to glaze
slices of red pepper to garnish

What to do:


First make the pastry as follows:

  1. Preheat your oven to 200'C / 400'F / Gas Mark 6 and have ready a pie dish.
  2. In a bowl, sift together the gluten-free flour, xanthan gum, herbs and salt, then rub in the fat until it resembles breadcrumbs.
  3. Using a metal knife to cut and stir, mix the cold water into the flour until you have brought together a stiff dough.
  4. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead lightly.  Cut about 1/4 off the lump and set aside.
  5. Roll out the pastry and line a pie dish, no need to bake blind.  With the rest of the pastry roll out a long rectangle and cut in to strips, ready to decorate the top of your pie.
Now make the filling 
  1. In a heavy-based saucepan, gently heat the olive oil and saute the onion and garlic until softened.
  2. Add the minced beef, and fry until browned.
  3. Place all the other ingredients into the pan and simmer slowly for 15-20 minutes until the liquid has reduced by about half.
  4. Pour into your lined pie dish, spread evenly, then place the strips of pastry over the top in a criss-cross design (see photograph).
  5. Brush with dairy-free milk or egg to glaze and bake for 20 minutes until golden brown.
  6. Serve garnished with slices of red pepper and with a fresh, green salad and new potatoes.

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