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Mince and Bacon Pie

ingredients

serves 4
225 g (8 oz) plain flour; and 30 ml (2 tbsp)
pinch of salt
50 g (2 oz) lard, cut into small pieces
50 g (2 oz) margarine, cut into small pieces
45-60 ml (3 - 4 tbsp) water; and 300 ml (1/2 pint)
100 g (4 oz) streaky bacon rashers, rinded, and snipped
450 g (1 lb) minced beef
1 beef stock cube
15 ml (1 tbsp) dried onion flakes
15 ml (1 tbsp) dried celery flakes
gravy browning
milk, to glaze

method

1. Make the shortcrust pastry: sift the 225 g (8 oz) flour and the salt into a bowl. Rub in the fat until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Mix to a firm dough with about 45 ml (3 tbsp) water.

2. Cook the bacon slowly in a frying pan until the fat begins to run. Add the mince and continue to cook slowly until it is lightly browned.

3. Crumble in the stock cube with the onion, celery and the remaining flour, stir and slowly add the 300 ml (1/2 pint) water. Bring to the boil, lower the heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Add the browning and cool.

4. On a lightly floured surface, roll out about half the pastry to line a 20 cm (8 inch) pie plate. Add the cooled filling. Roll out the remaining pastry and cover the dish. Brush with milk and make a hole in the centre.

5. Bake in the oven at 200°C (400°F) mark 6 for about 45 minutes.

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