Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Great Bloggers Bake Off - Double Crusted Cheesy Lentil Pie

This week, the theme for the Great Bloggers Bake Off challenge is pies. I've never even made my own pastry before, let alone a whole pie, so this was a definite challenge for me!

I decided to make a savoury pie, as I'm also trying to come up with some new evening meals for the family. I love Emily's beautiful food blog at A Mummy Too, and I was inspired to try her Cheesy Lentil Pie.

cheesy lentil pie

I went over to Asda to buy my ingredients, but unfortunately I wasn't able to find any cornmeal flour for the pastry. Undeterred, I looked up some recipes online for pie pastry and found this rich or sweet pastry recipe. Obviously the clue is in the name, but I just assumed that the sugar was somehow integral to the pastry making process, and used this recipe, making double quantities as I guessed that the original recipe would only make enough to cover the top.

Double quantities was definitely the way to go, and the pastry turned out beautifully. The filling was also delicious, I couldn't stop myself eating it as I was going along, really cheesy and yummy. If I say so myself, the finished pie was cooked to perfection, without a hint of a soggy bottom. Although there was a touch of sweetness in the crust, fortunately it was not too overpowering! Next time I'd leave out the sugar though...

The pie made enough for five generous helpings, and it also froze well. I'm really pleased with myself, and I can't wait to find out what next week's challenge is going to be!

cheesy lentil pie

I'm joining in with the Great Bloggers Bake Off, hosted each week by Mummy Mishaps and The Crazy Kitchen.

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23 comments:

  1. I loved my cheesy lentil pie when I made one after seeing Emilys...I need to make one again as it was nice...not sure about that sweet pastry though, haha! I sometimes add rosemary to my pastry as that gives it a nice flavour.
    Thanks for joining in! x

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    1. Adding rosemary sounds like a really good idea, thank you! I'm definitely going to be making it again, I'm keeping an eye out for the cornmeal flour so that I can make it properly.

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    2. I'm so pleased you made this :D I agree, rosemary is a great idea.

      Thanks for linking up to #recipeoftheweek. Pinned and Stumbled. There's a new linky live now if you want to join in :) x

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  2. Well done Jen,

    I rarely make savoury pies, but might do now I've seen how delicious this one looks.

    I've made apple turnovers this week using our homegrown apples though so between us we have a lovely stodgy meal :o)

    xx

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    1. Thank you! I'd definitely recommend this recipe. We have homegrown apples too, I need to think about making stodgy desserts!

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  3. I'm the kind of person who would always choose a savoury pie over a cake so this post is brilliant.
    It even makes me think about baking and I am awful!

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    1. It was very easy, and if you used pre-made pastry it would be even easier!

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  4. ooooh this sounds very interesting for a filling - i must give this a try. and very well done to you for making your own pastry - the pie looks fab and you would not guess it was your first attempt.
    thank you for linking up x

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    1. Thank you, and thank you for hosting! The pastry wasn't as difficult as I had expected in the end, I'm glad that I tried it.

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  5. Cheesey lentil pie sounds interesting...and healthy! I might just give it a go. I will be buying the pastry though. I am HOPELESS at baking!

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    1. It would be really easy with pre-made pastry, the filling was very easy, just cook everything up together and leave it for a bit!

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  6. Interesting flavours you have there and well done for making your own pastry, I used to make my own and then discovered ready made which when I'm in a hurry (like always) comes in very handy only it does tend to shrink some.
    I need to be patient and let it rest more!
    Lovely pie

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    1. Thank you! I let the pastry rest for about half an hour I think and it turned out well, I was quite surprised how well!

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  7. Yum... Thank you for sharing Emily's recipe, it looks and sounds amazing - I want to try it! Yours looks perfectly baked :-)

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  8. this sounds right up our street, DH is a veggie and we tend to join in too, cheese and lentils on the menu here too. Must try this too x

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    1. I'd recommend the recipe, it's very tasty.

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  9. Hi fellow pastry novice! Wow!! Your baking is fantastic, definitely one for the meal planner!!

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    1. Thank you! It's definitely going to become one of our regular meals.

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  10. I've never cooked with lentils as I've heard bad stories of them going very hard but this sounds like a lovely recipe :)

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    1. I find lentils quite easy to cook with, I did soak them beforehand as the recipe said to, but to be honest I don't normally bother.

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