Zinc died just a few days after this post.)
[To be clear: Zinc does not wear winter woollens when she has a cold. It is an old photo I found which seemed fitting. Sylvia had draped something green over her and it looked like a scarf!]
macaroni cheese pies recipe bookmarked for ages. Then when we were in Scotland in March, E bought some from the supermarket. They were such great comfort food. I returned determined to make them myself. (While they are popular in Scotland, they are harder to find in Australia.)
So when I made them a few months ago, they were not quite right. I was out of butter or margarine and could only use oil in the roux. The crusty hot water pastry was too thick and using muffin tins meant there was not enough filling. The oven turned itself off. Don't get me wrong! We loved them but I knew I could improve them.
Dinner was late. I gave Sylvia some macaroni cheese to eat without waiting for it to cook in pastry. We ate our pies in front of the telly so we could watch some Olympics. We don't watch much sport in our house but we have watched a bit of the Rio Olympics. I have particularly enjoyed seeing some men's gymnastics. E really loved seeing some soccer. It was quite amusing that he was yelling at the tv in a way we don't usually hear! I have seen a few events where the commentators suggest anything but a gold is a disappointment but it is interesting to see that the competitors are just delighted to get any Olympic medal. Sylvia has asked me why we only see Australian competitors being interviews!
Strangely enough when I made the first pies, Sylvia loved the filling but not keen on base, but for this batch she couldn't get enough of the pastry but not so interested in the filling. I loved one at room temperature for lunch but am not sure I am ready to waste them in Sylvia's lunchbox.
miso harissa roasted pumpkin. While it baked I worked on an eggplant side dish that was a bit of experimenting. I roasted some olive oil drizzled eggplant cubes until soft, added red capsicum, cherry tomatoes and chickpeas. I used some lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, soy sauce and white pepper and roasted until everything softened. It was really nice and if I can make it again with some more accurate notes I will write it up.
new blender blow attachment for pastry. It worked really well.
We really loved these pies. They disappeared quickly and we would have welcomed more. I suspect there will be requests for me to make these again soon.
I am sending this to Pasta Please and Meat Free Mondays.
More pasta bakes on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
Green lasagne with broccoli and rocket pesto
Neofolk buckwheat pasta bake (gf)
Pumpkin and tofu ricotta cannelloni (v)
Tempeh and pumpkin lasagne (v)
Spaghetti pie (v)
Vegetarian enchilada pasta bake (v)
Macaroni cheese pies
Makes 8 pies
1 batch shortcrust pastry - see below
3 tbsp butter or margarine
3 tbsp wholemeal flour
1 1/2 cup milk (I used soy)
1/4 cup aqua faba
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp seeded mustard
1/4 tsp smoked paprika
150g extra tasty cheese
grated and added to sauce
50g extra cheese on top
Put on macaronni to cook in salted water according to the packet instructions. (About 8 minutes for my pasta.)
Meanwhile, fry butter and flour a few minutes until it smells cooked and usually will change colour slightly (ie make a roux). Slowly add milk and aquafaba, stirring constantly until liquid is incorporated into roux. Add salt, mustard and paprika and 150g grated cheese. Stir in macaroni once cooked.
Cut pastry into eight pieces, gently knead each into a ball and roll out each to fit 8 greased small pie tins. (Mine were about 10cm in diameter.) Fill pie with macaroni cheese. Sprinkle with extra 50g grated cheese. Bake at 220 C for 20 minutes.
Vegan shortcrust pastry*
Adapted from Green Gourmet Giraffe
125g/4oz plain flour, plus extra for rolling
125g/4oz wholemeal flour
2-3 tbsp aquafaba (chickpea brine)
Rub butter into flours and then mix in aquafaba. This can be done in the food processor. Knead briefly to form a round, wrap in clingfilm and refridgerate for about 30 minutes.
*NOTES - I also made these with a half batch of crusty hot water pastry in muffin tins - which was ok but I tried to press it into muffin tins and it was too thick and too low a ratio of macaroni cheese to pastry. I think it might work in the bigger tins if rolled out thinner but it may need longer than the shortcrust pastry in the oven.
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