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  • Tofu and Mushroom Pie

    Tofu and Mushroom Pie

    In recognition of ‘National Pie Week’, or ‘Day of the Pie’, whatever it is we’re celebrating this week here is our favourite pie. We’ll be sending each other ‘Happy Pie Day’ cards soon if we’re not careful. For someone who studiously avoids any reference to Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day etc.. apparently I make an exception for Pie Day. Any excuse for a pie.

    Ingredients

    1 pack of shortcrust pastry to fit 9” pie dish plus lid 

     

    1 yellow onion, diced

    2 cloves garlic, crushed

    8oz chopped mushrooms, chestnut, closed cup or a mixture

    1 block of tofu – long pressed, cubed and soaked in soya or almond milk for 30 mins

    2 tbsps plain flour

    1 tbsp ground arrowroot powder

    ½-1 cup soya milk, unsweetened

    1/2 mushroom stock cubed, crumbled and dissolved in 1/4 cup boiling water

    1 tbsp tamari

    1 tsp thyme

    sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

     

    Method

    Roll out the pastry to fill the pie case, prick and blind bake for 10 mins at 180 deg C to cook the pastry. Set aside.

    Fry the onion for 5-8 mins until translucent and then add the pressed and cubed tofu. Allow to fry for a few minutes to seal and then add the garlic and mushrooms. Continue to fry on a medium heat until the mushroom’s juices are released. Add the flour and arrowroot powder and mix carefully until everything is coated and there are no lumps of flour. Add the soya milk gradually, stir continually until all the milk is absorbed each time. The sauce will thicken up as you stir. Try not to break up the tofu cubes. When you have a thick sauce, add the dissolved stock, thyme and tamari and continue to cook until the sauce is bubbling. Season to taste with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper and remove from the heat.

    Fill the prepared pastry case with the mushroom mixture and cover with the pie lid. Seal with soya milk and pinch the pastry together. Brush the top with some more soya milk and make a hole in the center for the steam to escape. 

    Bake at 180 deg C for 30-35 mins or until the pie case has browned on top.

    Enjoy with mashed or roasted potatoes for that extra bit of comfort and steamed dark green veg; broc, peas, spinach or kale, all the greats.

     

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