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Scottish Recipes: Scotch Pie (alternative)

"Wee Scotch Pies" pies are eaten all over Scotland.
Made with hot-water or raised crust, they are a traditional favourite.

Makes about 4 pies.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 lb lean lamb, or mutton free from fat, bone, gristle, etc.
1 teaspoon. Worcestershire sauce
1 small minced onion or shallot
teaspoon. ground nutmeg
4 tablespoons stock (can use tinned beef broth)
salt and pepper to taste
Hot Water Crust Pastry
1 lb plain flour
teaspoon. salt
1 cup water
cup beef dripping or lard

Preparation Method:

  1. To make pie pastry, bring fat and water to boil in saucepan.
  2. Put flour and salt in a basin, make a hole in the middle.
  3. Pour boiling water and fat into hole.
  4. Mix with a spatula until cool enough to handle.
  5. Form quickly into a ball before fat hardens too much.
  6. Turn on to a floured board, knead well, pat into a flat shape.
  7. Divide into halves, put one half aside, keep warm.
  8. Roll other half out to make a large oval.
  9. Stand a small jar (about 3 inches across) in the middle.
  10. Mold pastry up the sides to 3 inches high to make filling holder.
  11. When it stays up firmly, remove jar and repeat process.
  12. Roll out saved halves, cutting them into rounds to fit filling holders.
  13. Cut lamb into very small pieces or chop into mince.
  14. Mix all filling ingredients together and fill pastry, filling holders.
  15. Dampen edges, pinch tops on.
  16. Make a slit in centre of each top to let steam out.
  17. Brush tops with milk or beaten egg.

Bake for 45 minutes on baking sheet in oven at 250F (120C).

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