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Mince Beef Pie – A Family Heritage

Uncategorized | November 14, 2011 | By

I did not get into cooking without some family heritage.  
My Mum in the 1960’s
My mother is an excellent and adventurous cook and a competitive baker  (in a Kirstie’s Homemade way).
Gran in the 1930’s

Her mother used to cut recipes by Elizabeth David from the newspaper.  I know because I have her cookery books and those cuttings fell out when I opened them.

Great Grandfather
On my Dad’s side, his maternal grandfather was a baker,

Granny and Grandpa

and his dad, my grandfather, was a butcher with his own business.

So back to the pie!  My mum used to make this pie which she learned from my grandpa, the butcher, she taught me how to make it too.

It is so simple and so delicious and every now and again I trot out this recipe again, it never fails.

Minced Beef Pie
500g mince beef
small onion, finely chopped
salt & pepper
1 egg
3 tsp worcestershire sauce
1 packet of puff pastry, the ordinary stuff will do you don’t need the butter puff pastry.

Mix the filling ingredients together (keep a little egg for egg wash)
Roll out just under half the pastry and line a metal pie dish or pyrex pie plate.

Press the filling mix into the pie dish, brush the edges of the pastry with egg wash, roll out the rest of the pastry to make a lid, crimp the edges.  Make two slits in the top to let the steam out.

Bake at 200C for 40 minutes until golden brown.

I served my pie with mashed potatoes and red cabbage baked with apple and red wine vinegar.


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    Baking Addict
    November 14, 2011

    This looks really good. Family recipes are the best. Love the pictures of your family. Your nan looks amazing!

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    Phil in the Kitchen
    November 14, 2011

    You must be very proud of that heritage and to have recipes passed on in that way. You have some excellent family photos too. Thanks for sharing this recipe and those memories.

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    November 15, 2011

    What a wonderful heritage and wonderful looking Mince Beef pie!

    Love the photos!

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    Karen S Booth
    November 15, 2011

    I absolutely LOVED this post Janice…..the photos of your family are brilliant and aren't heirloom family recipes just so precious? The pie looks fabulous and I just love the chic of your grandmother in the 1930's.

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    November 20, 2011

    Looks like a great pie, and how lovely to see your family and their history of baking and cooking!

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