Pork, Leek and Cumin Welsh Dragon Pie

Andy Bates's portable pie has a delicious touch of spice.

  • Preparation Time30 mins
  • Cooking Time140 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyMedium

For the filling

500g free range pork mince (mix of shoulder and belly)
500g leeks, washed and sliced
50g butter
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp cayenne pepper
Salt and pepper to taste

For the hot water crust pastry

450g plain flour
170g lard or butter
200ml water
Pinch of salt

For the jelly/stock

500ml chicken stock
Gelatine leaves to set

In a saucepan melt the butter and sweat the leeks without browning for five minutes on a medium heat until soft and buttery. Add the cumin and cayenne pepper and cook for a further five minutes. Put onto a tray to cool.

In a bowl add the pork mince, leeks and season. Mix well and then divide into four balls. Cover with cling film and put into the fridge until needed.

To make the pastry, mix the flour and salt in a bowl and make a well in the centre. Bring the water and lard to the boil in a saucepan then stir it into the flour with a wooden spoon to form a smooth dough. Divide into four portions and leave the pastry for 10 minutes to cool.

Lightly grease each oval pie ring. Place it on a baking tray covered in greaseproof paper.

Take two thirds of each quarter of pastry and on a lightly floured table, roll it into an oval so it is large enough to line the oval pie and overlap the edge. Roll and place the pastry into an oval pie dish, carefully pressing into the corners and allow it to just hang over the edge. Roll the remaining pastry into an oval for the lid. Repeat this process with the remaining portions of dough.

Fill each oval tin with the pork filling. Brush the pie edges with egg wash and place the lid on top. Pinch the lid edge and the top of the pastry edges together with your thumb to crimp the pie and create a seal. Trim the edge with a knife so no pastry is hanging over the edge.

Pre-heat an oven to 180°C. Brush the top of each oval pie all over with beaten egg yolk, make a hole in the middle of the pastry lid and cook for one hour.

Remove from the oven and leave to cool. Once the pie is cold, refrigerate for two to three hours.

Follow the instructions for the gelatine and add to the stock to make a firm jelly. Once the pie is cold, check around the pastry for any holes and fill them with softened butter so that the jelly doesn't escape. Take the jelly/stock from the fridge, remove the layer of fat from the surface and gently reheat to melt the jelly. Pour the stock into the round hole in the top of the pastry until the pie is filled. Cool in the fridge until the jelly is set.

*Note: this pie contains no dragons!

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