Friday, September 10, 2010

Mushroom & Beef Pie (in Sour Cream Pastry)

I have been making this pie for many years. This recipe is adapted from the Scandanavian Timelife Cookbook, the book I have here is my mother's and is over 30 years old.. This recipe is from Finland.
Pastry Ingredients
300 gms plaint flour
pinch salt
185 gm unsalted butter, chilled, cut into 1cm pieces
1 egg
1/2 cup sour cream
butter for greasing tray

Filling Ingredients
Extra Virgin olive oil or butter for fying (around 2 tbs of )
125 gm (approx) finely chopped mushrooms
250gm-300gm lean minced beef
1 large onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup finely chopped flat leaf parsley
3/4 cup grated cheddar cheese
1/4 cup milk

1 egg combined with 2 tbs milk

Sour Cream Pastry
  1. Sift flour and salt together.
  2. Rub in butter until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. (Alternatively you can use a food processor, but after this point, return the mixture to a large bowl.)
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together egg and sour cream.
  4. Make a well in centre of flour mixture and pour in egg & sour cream mixture.
  5. Work dough gently and pull together into a pliable ball. (Do not over knead).
  6. Cover in plastic wrap and place in refrigerator.


  1. Melt butter or heat olive oil, and sautee onions for 5 minutes.
  2. Add mushrooms and continue to saute for another 5 minutes.
  3. Add meat and cook cook for around 6 to 8 minutes.
  4. Put mixture into bowl.
  5. When mixture is cool, add parsley cheese and milk.

Putting it together.
  1. Divide pastry in half.
  2. Roll out one piece into a rectangle, approximately 15 cm by 30-35 cm, and place on buttered jam roll tin (or line with baking paper).
  3. Gather meat mixture into ball and place in centre of dough, to resemble a log. Brush water along edges.
  4. Roll out the second piece of pastry so it is a big bigger than the first and lay over the mixture.
  5. Brush pastry with egg and milk mixture. Trim.
  6. Gather remaining pastry, roll out and cut into 1 cm strips.
  7. Make a lattice trim on pastry.
  8. Pinch edges together.
  9. Prick the top of the loaf in several places.
  10. Brush top again with egg and milk mixture.
  11. Cook in oven, set at 180 degrees celsius for around 45 minutes.
  12. Allow to cool a bit ans serve with sour cream.