Russ and I bought individual ones of these in Tasmania. This is my attempt to recreate them (and I think I got them better than right). I made 1 pie in an 8 inch pie dish using pre rolled sheets of short crust (which is how we get it in Australia).
- 2 sheets shortcrust pastry
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 small onion, finely diced
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1 cup milk
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 200 g brie cheese, cut into small wedges
- 300 g smoked salmon (I used chunky off-cuts)
- 2 green onions, green ends only, finely sliced
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dill leaves
- fresh ground black pepper
- milk, to glaze
- Preheat oven to 200c.
- Lay 1 sheet of pastry in pie dish, prick with a fork, cover with baking paper and then pour over a layer of dried beans, rice or lentils and bake in the oven for about 12 minutes. Remove, remove the foil and filling (and discard or save for your next pie.).
- Meanwhile, melt the butter, add the diced onion and cook until softened but not coloured. Add the flour and cook, stirring for about a minute. Add the milk and whisk until smooth and thickened.
- Remove from the heat and add in the lemon juice, salmon, brie, green onion, dill leaves and pepper (I tasted here and found it didn't need any salt).
- Brush a little milk around the edge of the pastry bottom, pop on the top and trim to fit your pie dish. Brush more milk across the top. Prick a few holes in the top pastry to allow steam to escape.
- Cook for 10 minutes at 200c then reduce the oven temp to 180c and cook a further 20 minutes or until golden brown.
- We ate ours served with a leafy grean salad dressed with lemon infused olive oil and white wine vinegar.
On the whole, the combination of the smoked salmon and brie made it a bit too salty for my taste. I made one pie as per the recipe, and on the second try made individual open-top pies, which turned out to work well; in that case, cover the top of the pie with foil or baking paper.
O'kay my original plan was to make a half serve and do 2 individual pies but there was a change of circumstances and I made a full pie but I only had 125 grams of brie but just under 500 grams of fresh salmon (which I smoked in a wok) and well 3 of us only at up half the pie (the the Dm and I had a eighth each and the DH had a quarter of the pie and with sides and dessert following that was plenty so I would say serving size would be 4 to 6 depending on sides and appetites. We thoroughly enjoyed and am quite happy to use the lower amount of brie (I used a triple cream variety). I did make this ahead and allowed an extra 5 to 10 minutes for it to cook and heat through. Thank you Jan for a lovely creamy and tasty recipe, made for Make My Recipe - Spring Edition.
This is a keeper! We made tonight, Brie was not available here so used Cammembert, it was delicious! Took a little longer to cook than stated, but no great shakes, Thanks for posting1