Home baked pies are seriously something special. I love the whole process of making the pastry and creating a filling and then the joy of pulling a perfectly cooked and perfectly delicious pie from your very own oven… bliss :)
Mushrooms pies are the best vegetarian pies!! Rich, hearty mushrooms cooked with a creamy sauce and encased in soft, melt-in-your-mouth pastry, so awesomely good. This recipe is simple to follow and makes a lovely vegetarian or vegan pie, suitable for entertaining guests on a special occasion or for a great family meal.
I used a combination of dried mushrooms that included shiitake, king oyster, black fungus and oyster mushrooms. If you can’t find mixed dried mushrooms simply use dried or fresh shiitake (if you are lucky enough) instead; the richness of mushroom like the shiitake will always add a depth of flavour.
Any combination of mushrooms will work a treat, the more the merrier; this recipe included seven different types of mushroom!! Both the pie and pastry can be made either to the vegetarian or vegan recipe, so cook to your preference. Rich, hearty and full of healthy mushroom goodness; treat yourself with this wonderfully delicious vegetarian mushroom pie.
Preparation time: 60mins
for the filling
- 50g (2oz) assorted dried mushrooms
- 350g (12oz) button mushrooms, sliced
- 250g (9oz) Swiss brown mushrooms, sliced
- 2 tbs olive oil
- 200g (7oz) baby onions (approx. 5), sliced
- 3 garlic cloves, diced
- ½ cup dry white wine
- 1 stock cube (I used a no-animal-content ‘beef’ stock)
- 2 tsp cornflour (corn starch)
- ¼ cup soy cream or natural set yoghurt
for the pastry
- 225g (8oz) flour
- 115g (4oz) vegan margarine or butter
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- ¼ cup cold water
- 1 tsp black sesame seeds
- blanched spinach or steamed green veg
Place the dried mushrooms in a heat proof bowl and cover with hot water. Allow to soak for 15-30 minutes until tender. Drain reserving liquid, slice the mushrooms and set aside.
Combine 1 cup of the reserved liquid with the stock cube and cornflour (cornstarch) until dissolved, set aside.
Heat the olive oil in a good sized frypan over a medium heat, add the sliced baby onions and fry for 3-4 minutes until soft, add the garlic and cook for a further minute.
Add the button mushrooms and continue to cook over a medium heat until they start to soften, add the Swiss mushrooms and cook for a further few minuted. Add the sliced assorted mushrooms and bring the heat to high, add the wine and allow to simmer for 1 minute before adding the reserved liquid, stock and cornflour mixture.
Turn down the heat to low and let the mushrooms cook over a very gentle heat for 10-15 minutes.
Once the mushroom mixture has gentle cooked for 10-15minutes and is reduced, remove from the heat and stir through the soy cream or yoghurt. Check seasoning and add salt if needed and lots of fresh cracked pepper to taste.
Meanwhile pre-heat the oven to 180°C/356°F
Rub the margarine or butter together with the sifted flour in a large bowl until it resembles fine bread crumbs. Add the dried thyme and a pinch of salt, combine.
Drop by drop add the cold water until the mixture forms a dough, you may not need all the water. Roll the dough into a smooth ball, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 10 minutes.
Grease a 35cm pie dish and set aside.
Remove the pastry from the fridge and cut into two pieces, one slightly larger than the other.
Roll the larger ball out on a floured surface large enough to line the base and sides of your pie dish. Lay the pastry into to prepared dish prick with a fork a couple of times and return the dish to the fridge for another 10 minutes. Roll out the remainder of the pastry to form the pie lid.
Pour the mushroom filling into the prepared pie crust, trim the edges of the pastry from the dish and top with the pie lid. Seal the edges of the pastry case by gentle pressing drown with a fork or your fingers. Cut a cross in the middle of the pie lid, sprinkle with black sesame seeds and wash with non-dairy milk.
Place in the pre-heated oven for 20-25minutes until pastry is golden and pie bubbling. Remove from the oven and allow to sit for a few minuted before devouring.
Serve with blanched spinach or steamed green veg for a wonderful elegant vegetarian meal.
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