Boxing Day Pie Recipe

Boxing Day Pie Recipe

Ingredients: Serves 4-5

For the pastry (paste):
100 g/4 oz/1 cup plain (all-purpose) flour

A pinch of salt
50 g/2 oz hard block margarine, diced
Cold water, to mix
For the filling:
100 g/4 oz Christmas Pudding
25 g/1 oz chopped mixed nuts

2 eggs
30 ml/2 tbsp milk
30 ml/2 tbsp brandy
15 ml/1 tbsp dark brown sugar
50 g/2 oz caster (superfine) sugar

Brandy Sauce, to serve


To make the pastry, sift the flour and salt into a bowl. Add the margarine and rub in with the fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Mix with enough cold water to form a firm dough. Knead gently on a lightly floured surface. Roll out and use to line a 15 cm/6 in flan dish (pie pan).

To make the filling, crumble the Christmas Pudding and mix with the nuts. Separate one of the eggs. Beat the yolk with the whole egg and add to the pudding with the milk, brandy and brown sugar. Mix well. Turn into the pastry case (pie shell). Bake in a preheated oven at 200C/400F/gas mark 6 for 20 minutes until the pastry is golden and the filling has set. Whisk the egg white until stiff, then whisk in half the caster sugar until stiff. Fold in the remaining sugar. Pile on top of the pie and return to the oven for 10 minutes until just turning golden brown. Serve hot with Brandy Sauce.

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