Meat pie is a West African snack, that is made up of a pastry case with beef, diced potatoes, and of course, diced carrots filling. The wheat version is regarded as a little healthier variation of meat pie. But do you have any idea of what a wheat meat pie tastes like? Here is everything you should know about wheat meat pie, and how to make it.
About Wheat Pies
Wheat pies are irresistibly delicious, with a rich and tender crust. Although white flour is traditionally used in making meat pies, there is a sense of adventure in substituting white flour for wheat flour. By engaging in this adventure, you will realize that this actually brings a non-negligible difference to the nutritional validity of food. Also, you need to understand that the process of making wheat flour is slightly different from the usual or regular white flour.
Actually, the whole process can be a little harder, especially when you are making the pies. This is why most people add egg to their recipe, which eventually gives it the sufficient moisture the wheat floor needs. This will definitely help it come together properly, without having to result in a fragile pastry. If you are one of those who like their meat pie flaky, just ensure that you use enough butter or margarine, and water.
What Are the Ingredients Needed for Making Wheat Meat Pie Dough?
Ingredients for the whole wheat meat pie include; one and a half cups of butter, half tablespoon of sugar, a half tablespoon of salt, six tablespoons of water, half tablespoon of nutmeg, four cups of wheat flour, half tablespoon of baking powder, and one large egg.
How to Make Wheat Meat Pie Pastry Dough?
The mixture of Flour and Other Ingredients
Get a deep bowl and the necessary ingredients. Start with your flour, then baking powder, nutmeg, salt, brown sugar, and whisk properly.
Add the Butter or Margarine
The butter or margarine is usually cubed. Add it to the dry ingredients, and mix the butter with the flour, until it becomes crumbly. You can use your hand to do that, or even a mixer.
Add Your Egg
You can now add your egg and mix it into the flour. Ensure that it is well mixed or incorporated before you begin to introduce the cold water. If you must add the cold water, do that a little at a time. In fact, you should use your hand to toss the flour into the water, as it will help it get fully absorbed. Once you are sure the dough is formed, cover it up. Use plastic wrap to do this, then put it in the fridge and allow it to cool for about twenty minutes.
Time to Fill Your Dough
After allowing it to cool for twenty minutes, take out the dough from the fridge, and roll it on a light-floured surface. If you have a pipe cutter, use it to cut any circular object you find around the house. Actually, this will help you trace and cut out your dough.
After cutting out the dough, place it on your pie cutter, and fill it with two tablespoons of filling brush. Ensure you fill the circular edge of the pie with the egg wash, after which you close it up with the pie cutter. Also, don’t forget to seal the pie.
Preheat the Pie, And Bake as Well.
Before preheating the pie, remove it from the pie cutter, and place it on parchment. Make sure it is a lined baking sheet. This time, brush the surface of the pie with the egg wash. You can use a fork or a similar object to poke a few holes on the surface of the pie.
Serve and Enjoy
If you really want to enjoy your just concluded mouth-watering snack, then you must serve it hot. You can even serve it as a breakfast, coupled with a cup of tea. You can also do this for brunch, or evening. Enjoy your snack with a chilled drink!