Broccoli, Blue Cheese and Walnut Hand Pies. A great savoury on-the-go snack.
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Broccoli, Blue Cheese and Walnut Hand Pies

Broccoli, Blue Cheese and Walnut Hand Pies are a great savoury on-the-go snack. They also just happen to be the ideal size for the lunchbox, making them the perfect portable lunch.
Prep Time50 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time1 hr 25 mins
Author: Tania @ The Cook's Pyjamas

Ingredients

For the shortcrust pastry

  • 150 g white wheat flour 1 cup
  • 150 g wholemeal wheat flour 1 cup
  • 160 g cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • Pinch salt
  • 160 ml ice cold water 1/2 cup + 3 Tablespoons
  • Extra flour for rolling

For the filling

  • 130 g broccoli
  • 250 ml bechamel sauce 1 cup
  • 25 g toasted walnuts finely chopped, 1/4 cup
  • 25 g mild blue cheese crumbled, 1/4 cup
  • Salt & pepper

To bake

  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds optional

Instructions

Make the pastry

  • Add the flours, salt, and butter to the bowl of a food processor or Thermomix.
  • Pulse 3 - 4 times, until the butter is cut into small chips. The butter should range from the size of a grain of rice to around the size of a small bean.
  • Tip the flour mixture into a large bowl.
  • Drizzle two-thirds of the cold water over the flour.
  • Using a butter knife, cut the water into the flour, until there is no dry flour visible. If dry areas remain, drizzle in a little more water and repeat the cutting action.
  • When all of the flour appears damp, tip the mixture onto a piece of cling wrap and pat into a 15cm round. Just gently press the dough. Do not try and work it at this point.
  • Wrap the pastry in the cling wrap and place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. I often make this pastry the day before I wish to use it.

Make the filling

  • Place the broccoli in a double boiler and steam for 5 minutes, or until tender. This step can be done in the microwave if preferred.[Note 1]
  • Finely chop the broccoli.
  • Stir the broccoli, bechamel, walnuts and blue cheese together.
  • Add a decent amount of pepper and stir through.
  • Taste the filling and add salt if necessary. If your bechamel is well seasoned, no additional salt may be necessary.
  • Set the filling aside

Make the hand pies

  • Pre-heat the oven to 200C (180C fan forced).
  • Line a baking sheet and set aside.
  • Lightly flour the bench and the surface of the pastry.
  • Working with half of the pastry at a time, roll out until the pastry is approximately 2 mm thick. [Note 2]
  • Cut out 15cm circles from the pastry. I use a small side plate as a guide.
  • Place 1/3 cup filling on one half of the pastry circle.
  • Brush a small amount of water along the edge of the circle.
  • Fold the pastry over the filling, and gently press along the edges to seal.
  • Press the sides together with the tips of a fork, dipping the tines in flour if they start to stick.
  • Transfer the completed pie to the baking tray.
  • Continue with the remainder of the pastry and the filling.
  • Brush the tops of the pies with milk.
  • Sprinkle with poppy seeds.
  • Bake for 35 minutes, or until browned.
  • Serve warm or at room temperature.

Notes

1. I have steamed the broccoli the day before, which speeds up the process. You could also use frozen broccoli.
2. The pastry should remain cold at all times or it will become sticky and difficult to work with. Continue to lightly dust the bench and the surface of the pastry as required, but try to limit the amount of flour used. If at any time the pastry starts to get sticky and difficult to roll, put it on a tray and place in the fridge or freezer until it feels cool to the touch.