“Fat gives things flavor.” - Julia Child.
Being an Aussie and living in America has you craving for certain foods that you took for granted. You also realise how deprived people have been by not being able to experience the foods as Aussie we grew up with. One of the things we crave is a meat pie. You really do miss the simplicity of being able to jump into the car and run down to the local bakery and grab a meat pie, sausage rolls and a loaf of fresh bread. They do have bakeries here, but they different to back home. The bakeries are filled with a lot of "breakfast" pastries such as Cinnamon Scrolls, Danishes (sweet and savoury), Scones (which are slightly different to what we are used to) Biscuits - noooo not an Aussie biscuit/cookie a biscuit here is more like a scone to us and of course Cookies (which I will talk about later). So what do you when you are not able to get foods that you love/crave/want? Well you make your own! There are various recipes for making meat pies and each one can be tailored to you. After playing around with various recipes this is the one we enjoy the most. So onto Meat Pie making 101!
Firstly we start with making the Shortcrust Pastry as the base. I like to use shortcrust pastry for my base and Puff Pastry for the lid. Now my shortcrust pastry recipe for this pie is slightly different to a normal shortcrust pastry because I add mustard powder and cheese to it, I find this adds to the flavour of the pie.