This month’s challenge was hosted by Hannah of Duluth, Minnesota, of Rise and Shine. For this month’s challenge, she choses savory double crusted pot pies. We have options of Chicken pot pie and Mediterranean Pizza Pot Pie or both can be made. We are vegetarians so I decided to bake Mediterranean Pizza Pot Pie
This was the first time I tried my hands in making a pie. It seems complicated to me, from the time I got to know about the recipe. I kept postponing it to another day but after Karwa Chauth I was free for a day. I decided that I will not postpone it further because Ahoi festival is next in the row so I will get busy for the next few days.. I assemble all my ingredients which I already bought like processed cheese and spring onion.
For the crust I followed recipe of Dassana ,for this recipe you don’t need dollop of butter and the task of keeping the dough again and again in the freeze was not required. She used whole wheat too, so that seems perfect. and for the filling recipe I had Sanjeev Kapoor’s recipe in mind, as per the requirement, it seems saucy, cheesy. I took the chance and here it came out a wonderful recipe of Mediterranean Pizza Pot Pie. My husband loved it. And now, when everything was accomplished and most importantly liked by everybody I must say it does involved a number of steps but it was not complicated,
Our crust could be pie crust, puff pastry, filo dough or biscuit dough but the filling should be absolutely any cheesy, saucy, or gravy-based stew. or very thick stew will work. The two crusts do not have to match, such as a pie crust on the bottom with biscuit dough on the top. But I decided to keep my bottom and top crust same without complicating the things.
For the filling, recipe adapted from Sanjeev Kapoor’s book Cakes and Bakes
Ingredients (for the filling)
- Spring Onions, chopped- 3
- Olive oil – 2tbsp
- Garlic cloves – 5
- White Sauce – 1 cup(recipe follows)
- Spring onions greens, chopped – 1 ½ cup
- Pepper powder – ½ tsp
- Salt – to taste
Heat the olive oil in a pan, add the garlic and sauté for two minutes. Add the spring onions and sauté till translucent. Stir in the white sauce and mix well. Add the spring onion greens and season with salt and white pepper. Remove from heat.
Ingredients for white sauce (makes 1 cup)
- Butter – 1 tbsp
- Refined flour – 1 tbsp
- Lukewarm milk – 1 cup
Melt butter over low heat. Add flour and sauté till fragrant. Add milk in a slow trickle, stirring continuously with a wire whisk, so that no lumps are formed. Cook till thick.
For the Pie Crust I adapted the recipe from Veg recipes of India
for the pie crust:
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- ½ cup all purpose flour/maida
- ¼ cup olive oil
- ⅓ cup water at room temperature
- ½ tsp salt or as required
- Processed Cheese Slices – 3 for filling
- seive or mix all the dry ingredients together – whole wheat flour, all purpose flour and salt.
- add the olive oil and with your fingers mix the oil in the flour evenly to get a breadcrumb consistency. this step should be done properly and this results in giving a flaky texture to the crust. the whole mixture should look like breadcrumbs.
- add water and just bind the whole mixture together. don’t knead. gather everything and form a dough. don’t over do.
- preheat your oven to 180 degree C.
- grease your pie pan or pans with olive oil.
- divide the dough into two.
- roll the divided parts of the dough on a dusted work surface.
- cover the rolled pie crusts with a napkin so that they don’t dry out.
- place one of the rolled pie crust gently on a greased pan and press it towards the bottom and the edges.
- Spoon the filling on the bottom pie crust.
- Top with cheese slices.
- cover the pan with another rolled pie crust and fold the edges of the top crust over and under the bottom edges
- cut through the top pie crust with a fork or knife from top so as to allow steam to pass whilst baking.
- brush with soy milk or any milk.
- bake pie in a pre heated oven at 180 degrees C for 50-60 mins or till the crust has become golden and crisp.
In the end I would like to thank Hannah for introducing us with such a wonderful pie.