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Stewed beef pie in a buttery crust

>> Wednesday, September 28, 2011

{Food for a sentimental time}

Stewed beef pie in a buttery crust

September 2001, the late teen me bid goodbye to my parents, friends and hometown and left for Melbourne. It was intended for a few years only, but ten years have passed and I have called Melbourne home ever since.

Often or not, I think of these ten years as "being away from home". But lately, that sentiment has changed. Melbourne has become my second home, a place that I miss when travelling. There is a real sense of belonging, a quiet connection to this space and time.

Australians do love their meat pies, something I can totally endorse. At my new work place, we have "pie party" almost every week. Great for bonding, and not so much for the waistline!

During winter I made pies fairly regularly. The beef pies are definitely Mr. B's favourite. The filling is meaty, enclosed in a buttery crust.

Beef pie in a buttery crust

This is my first time working with hot water pastry and I am sooooo happy to discover the technique. So easy to roll and shape.

Beef pies are great with ketchup, and a lots of salad greens. I think making them in small portions will be great for Grand Final Day. After 10 years here, I still do not understand the appeal of Footy. Soccer Rules in my house! Oh wait, not really. Beef pies rule! :D



Johanna GGG 10:45 PM  

I hardly ever make pies but I made some tonight with the hot water crust - it is my favourite pastry - holds together so well and tastes so good - glad you have discovered it - looks so lovely in your photo

pickyin @ Life is Great 10:49 PM  

The pastry looks like a dream. Am definitely trying this with chicken!

My Little Expat Kitchen 11:11 PM  

Oh yes, that pastry does look good. I have never tried such a pie before. I'm intrigued.

Little Corner of Mine 1:14 AM  

I love your buttery crust, it looks crispy.

leaf (the indolent cook) 1:19 AM  

This makes me want to make a pie, too! It looks so gorgeous and rustic.

Rosa's Yummy Yums 1:35 AM  

This is a marvelous pie! Really homey and scrumptious looking. A pretty plate.



Vee 4:49 AM  

Yum, looks incredible! I haven't made my own pastry in years but this seems doable ;)

Ali 6:22 AM  

Just to get some ketchup and am eating myself out with this pie :) The pastry looks so good, you really got me going with this post... really craving for some :)

Heidi - Apples Under My Bed 7:28 AM  

Congratulations on your 10 years in Melbourne! What a great way to celebrate. This pie looks delicious! & don't worry, I don't understand the appeal of footy either - hate it haha. You're right soccer is better. Or even better yet, baseball!
Heidi xo

Paaka Shaale 7:43 AM  

I have never baked a pie Anh. This recipe of your pie looks easy and delicious at the same time. Would love to make this with some veggie stuffing :)

Barbara 7:49 AM  

Lovely anh. I once made a hot water pastry which was for a Middle Eastern recipe. I remember it being really easy and btasting fabulous.

Jennifer (Delicieux) 10:44 AM  

This looks so lovely Anh. I've not tried hot water pastry but it's on my list of pastries to try. I love how golden and crisp it looks.

chocolatesuze 11:24 AM  

the pastry looks amazing! will def give it a go thanks for sharing the recipe!

Lisa H. 12:35 PM  

I love pies...
your photos are amazing... dreamy and inviting.
I dont understand Aussie rule too :D

Anna 1:21 PM  

Meat pies are sentimental for me too...My mom used to bake meat pies for me, this is what I bring to school (med school is really tough!)I never made it through since I went a different course but meat pies will always hold a special place in my heart...Thanks for posting!

ChichaJo 4:40 PM  

The crust looks amazing Anh! I love savory pies and have been wanting to try hot water pastry since I read about it in Donna Hay...your photo has just convinced me to get moving on it!

Sips and Spoonfuls 8:07 PM  

Anh not sure you got my comment or not so trying again. This pie looks liek it just stepped out of a Melbourne pub! So homey and conforting!

chinmayie @ love food eat 11:03 PM  

I LOVE your photography style! They are dark, and elegant!! Beautiful colour palette!

Tanvi@Sinfully Spicy 4:29 AM  

That flaky crust steals the show for me..I ll try this recipe with lamb or chicken.

Juliana 6:47 AM  

Anh, this beef pie looks so the buttery crust.
Hope you are having a great week, and thank you for sharing such a nice recipe :-)

Nelly Rodriguez 7:14 AM  

Buttery, flaky crust and beef? My idea of heaven! Gorgeous!

Lizzy 9:06 AM  

Oh, this looks like something my hubby would swoon over! Great comfort food~and beautiful photos.

Charissa 11:14 AM  

You had me at "buttery crust"...sounds so comforting and cozy right now! Have to say I love the crusts of pies more than the filling!!!

Anna @ The Littlest Anchovy 5:49 PM  

This weather in Sydney is making me crave such a lovely pie! Thanks for the hot water pastry recipe, this is right up my alley!

tigerfish 4:13 AM  

I can feel exactly what you feel about being away from "home". Sometimes when I am in Singapore (just for a visit) I miss my "home" here...but when I don't see my parents (back in Sg) for some time, I kinda miss them too :(

Indeed, this beef pie will be good for the cooler days (autumn, winter) to come.

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen 9:47 AM  

I've never heard of a hot water pastry crust before! Looks nice and flaky.

penny aka jeroxie 10:35 PM  

Looks simple enough. I will try it.

Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmet 7:42 AM  

Scrumptious beef pie, Anh! Look absolutely mouth-watering :)

Have a lovely day!


Yasmeen 9:22 PM  

Anh, my man has been begging me to bake him a gourmet-ified Aussie pie since we moved in together. If I made him this, I think he'd propose straightaway :)

I totally understand what you're saying about living abroad as well, and how after a certain time, it just clicks that this "new" place really is a second home. It's a lovely feeling.

shaz 6:21 PM  

Happy ten year anniversary - I guess it's a bit bittersweet yes? :) The pie looks utterly delightful. The weather has been most unspringlike the last couple of days, still time to indulge in pies, yum!

kankana 8:42 AM  

That would taste heavenly. Love buttery crust and since I am more of a savory person , this pie will make me very happy.

Rita Sella 4:49 PM  

mouth watering pie... love to try this recipe soon, even winter has passed

Nami | Just One Cookbook 6:55 PM  

Amazing photo Anh! Your photo reminds me how important it is to take a good picture of food. It's always challenge but every time I come here I reassure I need to work on my photography. Stewed beef pie looks really good. Never put beef in the pie. How delicious it is!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 7:13 AM  

Wow, ten years is a long time to be away from home but you seem to love your new home which is wonderful!

I love the rich look of your photography and this meat pie sounds delicious. I can't wait to try this method for crust. Thank you!

Nic@diningwithastud 2:48 PM  

The hot water pastry worked a treat! It looks so buttery and delicious :)

Cynthia 3:30 AM  

I love all types of beef pies. They work so well eh - beef and pastry. Yum!

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