I am so thankful for my BFFs Aunty Thel: the clever lady who made a recipe for biscuit pastry and her lovely family who allowed me to share her recipe. This pastry has changed my life. Today we found that not only can this recipe be made gf and df but also egg free to this makes a huge difference for parents trying to make lunches for kids with allergies (their own and classmates). If you don't put meat sauce inside the pie it's also perfect for vegans too
Gf Df Ef Aunty Thels Biscuit pastry.
2 *chia eggs* (2x 1 tbs chia seed, 1/4 cup boiling water, stir and leave to sit til cool)
1 cup gf self raising flour
1/4 cup corn flour
Measure flours and oil into MyCook jar
Mix 5 seconds sp 5 till combined
Add 1.5 chia eggs and press knead button (This dough did not come together the way an egg type does but when you take 2-3 small dough balls, they squish together it's ready allow dough to rest)
Half hour in fridge is good.
Roll dough out.
Cut to size pop in pie maker add filling and lid.
You can use any thermo-cooker to make this pastry, or even a food processor. I have chosen the MyCook terminology as it is a little less confusing... Jar is called TM bowl or jug in Thermomix world).
Dough was easy to roll, a tiny bit chewier than the egg kind but still delish.It dod not brown as the butter and egg type. If doing again and not feeling so lazy in the morning; I would grind the seeds before adding hot water.
*** Fridge dough was made into pies on day 3. Both doughs were a little stiff, but chia dough stiffer. I added some water and worked the dough and it rolled very well. Each dough gave me 1.5 more pies and a small biscuit. I used the base of the chia and lid of the egg dough to make the 3rd pie.
What to do if you have too any pies... You can keep in the fridge for as long as the meat will allow ie if you have fresh meat 3 days, if you are using 3 day old meat obviously it will not last in the fridge. The pies also freeze well too. I have microwaved pies and eaten them cold. You can also reheat them in your pie maker (if that's what you cooked it in). I would also venture to say that they can be warmed in the oven as you would a store-bought frozen pie.
Meat sauce - MyCook method
4-5 steaks, cubed (stewing meat)
1-2 onions (can use 1 onion and add onion flakes
2 MB's wine (200g)
1 MB water (It was slightly too much liquid so it may pay to add 50g water instead of 100g or less wine)
heaped tbs corn flour (I would add more next time, 1.5-2tbs heaped)
heaped tsp gf *vegemite* (whatever passes for vegemite at your place)
1 tbs tomato paste
1 tbs soy sauce
1 tbs tomato paste
1 tbs Worcestershire sauce
pinch salt and pepper to taste
good shake of paprika
Dash of olive oil
Handful fresh basil
Grate zucchini and basil, remove from jar.
Add oil, set timer for 1 minute 120c, Sauté
Add onion 5 mins, 120c, sauté
at 4 min mark add carrots, 1 min mark add vege stock paste.
Add cubed stewing meat, cook 120c 10 mins sp 1.
Add rest of ingredients cook 100c 60 mins; MB on.
When done check if meat is tender if yes give it 10 mins MB off and allow to reduce. If not do this step with MB on until soft then reduce sauce.
Meat sauce - GSM/TM type machine method
Grate zucchini and basil, remove from jug.
Chop onions and carrot, sp 5 few seconds. You want them chopped but not mushy
Add oil, set timer for 1 minute 120c/Varoma/Steam
at 1 min mark add vege stock paste.
Add cubed stewing meat, cook 120c/Steam/Varoma 10 mins sp 1/soft... use blade cover, blunt blades or reverse if available.
Add rest of ingredients cook 100c 60 mins; MC on.
When done check if meat is tender if yes give it 10 mins MC off and allow to reduce. If not do this step with MC on until soft then reduce sauce.
Mini pie method
Find a big glass and a smaller one. The big glass should be about 8.5-9cm in diameter and a nutino glass is perfect for the smaller. It should fit snuggly into the top of your muffin tray.
Roll dough out, use large glass to cut the dough into pie bases
Place pie bases into muffin trays
Add about 2 tbs of pie meat
Carefully pick up smaller dough disk. Run some water around the edge with your finger to help it stick to the base. Add lid.
Cook in moderate oven 10-15 mins
** small pieces of chopped apple are also nice in small pies. If you use pink lady apples no extra sugar is needed. For extra flavour try a little allspice, cinnamon,or Chinese 5 spice.