first you need to make some puff pastry
EASY PUFF PASTRY
125g plain flour (plus extra for rolling)
1/4 tsp salt
60ml cold water
- Place the flour and salt into a mixing bowl.
- Cut the butter into small pieces and put into the bowl with the flour.
- With your hands, rub the butter into the flour until the pieces of butter are no bigger than peas (do not be tempted to rub the butter in fully)
- Add the water and mix with a wooden spoon until the mixture forms a dough.
- Sprinkle flour onto the work surface and your rolling pin and roll out the pastry into a long rectangle.
- Fold 1/3 of the rectangle over the middle 1/3 of the pastry and the final 1/3 over the other 2/3rds.
- Lift the pastry, turn 90 degrees and roll out into a long rectangle and repeat steps 5-7 several times.
- Place folded pastry square into a bowl, cover with clingfilm and place in the fridge to rest for an hour.
- Roll pastry into the desired shape.
- Bake at 220C or Gas Mark 7 unless the recipe tells you otherwise (eg. for a pie, Gas 5/180C)
LEEK AND BACON PIE (serves 4)
250g ready made puff pastry
4 leeks, sliced
2 Tbsp plain flour
sprinkle of nutmeg
large handful of grated cheese
- Preheat oven to Gas Mark 5 or 180C
- Roll puff pastry into the required shape for your pie dish, 0.5cm thick on a lightly floured work surface.
- Place the bacon into a frying pan and gently fry for 5 mins.
- Add the sliced leeks and saute for another 5 mins.
- Make the cheeses sauce - melt the butter on a low heat. Stir in the flour until it makes a thick paste. Add the milk slowly, constantly whisking while gently heating.
- Eventually the sauce will begin to thicken so add the nutmeg and black pepper. Continue stirring until it is the required consistency.
- Place the cooked leeks and bacon and grated cheese into the bottom of a pie dish and pour over the white sauce.
- Place the pastry on top of the dish, tucking in the edges of the pastry.
- Bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
This was a really delicious meal. I made it with mashed potatoes and will definitely be making it again. You could half the amount of leeks and add potatoes or other veg instead too. I also made it in a Pyrex casserole dish as didn't have a pie dish and to be honest it needed to be that big to fit it all in.