This half moon-shaped pastry is one of the most common pastries in Nigeria,loved by all (I am yet to meet anyone who does not like it).It’s even a big hit among my Hungarian friends too so there has got to be something right about it.right?I can’t say it originates from Nigeria,to be honest,I have no idea where it originates from but different countries have something that makes it different.The buttery crust with meat and vegetable fillings is a palate pleaser.It’s pretty simple to make but there are lots of steps involved.
For the Meat and Veggie filling
500g of Minced Meat
1 teaspoon dried chili
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 bullion or stock cube
1 bay leaf
pinch of salt (to taste)
1 small onion
2 medium size carrots
1 medium potato
1 tablespoon vegetable oil(optional,I just like to add it for flavour)
1 tablespoon flour
Bell pepper (optional)
For the Dough
1 tablespoon Baking powder
1 tablespoon sugar
Pinch of salt
Cold water (as needed)
1 Egg (for brushing)
makes about 24 pieces
- In a big bowl,combine the flour,baking powder,salt,sugar and mix.
- Cut the butter into little cubes and add to the mixture
- Rub in the butter till it looks like breadcrumbs
- Then add water cold water,a little at a time and mix until it forms a soft but firm dough.Cover and let it rest at room temperature for about 30 minutes or overnight in the refrigerator.this gives the gluten in the flour some time to develop
- Cut the carrots and potatoes into little pieces
- Dice the onions too.
- In a pot,crumble the minced meat in,add the onions and stir,it would begin to change colour as it cooks.add the salt,black pepper,chili,stock cube and keep stirring
- Add the vegetables and cook for about 2-3mins
- When it’s done,add the oil,mix,then add the flour.The flour helps to bind all the delicious goodness coming out of the meat
In my opinion,the less the veggies,the more delicious the meat pie is (but then again,it’s just my opinion)
- Roll out the dough,as thin as you want it but not to thin (we don’t want the dough tearing).
- Get a round cutter or anything round that you can use to cut (I used the container that my daisy cookie cutters came in).
If yours looks like mine,just run a small knife through the cuts.
- Put about a tablespoon of filling on one half of the cut dough,moisten the edges with a little bit of water (just dip your finger in water and run it around the edges.
- Fold over and use the tines of a fork to seal the edges.
- Transfer to a baking sheet
- Preheat your oven to 170 degrees Celsius
- Brush a beaten egg on the dough (this gives it a nice brown finish)
- Bake for 20-30 minutes