Sometimes we just feel like a home made treat straight from the oven and with everyone on lock down it’s the perfect thing to do. Children especially love home made treats. Many times we see perfect looking cakes or pastries but the truth is that they do not need to look perfect they just need to be made with a lot of TLC and they will always come out right.
Most times I am a Carrot Cake or Muffin Mama but this time I decided to make Meat pies which I make just a couple of times a year. I also tried making Cinnamon Rolls for the first time. This is my recipe for Meat pie (Nigerian ) and you can find the recipe for Cinnamon Rolls here. Ps. I always use the American system of measuring for baking, I am a relaxed baker and it’s easier for me than using a scale. If you don’t have standard measuring cups used for baking then you can order online on Konga or Jumia.
Half a kilo of mincemeat or Chopped beef
5 Irish potatoes (cubed )
5 Carrot (cubed)
1 Onion (chopped)
2 table spoons Flour
- Boil the Potato Separately. Brown the beef in oil with onions and stir till cooked Add the carrots add already boiled potato and season with salt and Adobo or Maggi
- When the carrots are done you can add flour in water and mix with the filling to make it thick and keep it moist whilst baking.
The Pastry Dough
4 to 5 cups flour (standard measuring cup)
2 table spoons baking powder
Pinch or 2 of salt
1 cup cold ( from the fridge)
250g margarine (the sachet margarine is usually 250g, don’t use butter as the dough will be too hard)
- Combine the above (except the egg) for the dough… when you mix in the margarine the mix will be like bread crumbs
- Add cold water slowly not too much so it’s not too soft and somewhat stiff .leave for 5mins .Knead on a surface coated with flour and leave to rest.
- Knead again in a ball that should not be sticky and flatten with a rolling pin. If you don’t have a rolling pin you can use a bottle. Be sure to cover the surface as well as the rolling pin with flour so that the dough does not stick to the surface.
- Use something round like your smallest pot cover and make round shapes. then get a spoon and add the filling in the center of the circle.
Your oven should be on by now . Use 170 degrees Centigrade or medium heat .
When you have put filling in all the flat round then seal them together using a little of the whisked egg to help seal the edges. Then use a fork to press the edges together and then use fork to pierce middle of each meat pie. Arrange on a greased baking tray and then use a pastry brush or washed hands to lightly rub the whisked egg on each meat pie
Put in the oven for about 40 minutes or until golden brown.
I will take pictures or videos of the full process when next I make these.
Please let me know how this recipe worked for you.