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Friday, 10 May 2019

Fantasy Veggie Dinner Guest - MR KNIGHTLEY


Hot on the heels of Mr Rochester, we have Mr Knightley, another somewhat unlikely hero; this time the creation of Jane Austen.
It is Mr Knightley who loves the eponymous Emma enough to reprimand her for her thoughtlessness. It is at on a picnic that Emma is particularly unpleasant to impoverished spinster Miss Bates and Knightley puts her right. 

It makes sense, therefore, that Zelda should cook him a lovely picnic snack. 

CHEESE AND MARMITE PASTIES

For the pastry
200g/8oz plain flour + extra for rolling
100g/4oz chilled butter, cubed
30ml/2tbsp cold water

For the filling
2 medium potatoes, peeled and grated to make 130g
65g grated cheese
1 egg, whisked
100g cooked rice
1 small onion, chopped very finely
salt and black pepper
1tbsp Marmite mixed with a splash of warm water

+ an additional egg for glazing

First make the pastry
Place flour and butter in a blender and whizz until it resembles breadcrumbs. Add the water a bit at a time and mix again until it all comes together. Make into a ball and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.

Then make the filling
Mix the cheese with the potato, onion, egg and rice. Season well.

When the pastry has chilled
Roll out the pastry and use a desert bowl to cut a circle. Do this several times, rolling up the scraps, until you have four circles.
Coat each circle with Marmite, leaving a border around the edge.
Place a spoonful of the mixture in the centre of each.
Pull the sides together, pinching at the top to form a crimp.
Place on a lined baking tray. Whisk the remaining egg and brush over the top.
Cook for 10 minutes at Gas 8/ 230°C/ 450°F for 10 minutes.
Then turn the oven down to Gas 4/ 180°C/ 350°F for another 35-40 minutes.


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