It’s squash season. This is usually heralded by the arrival of the Squash Box at Riverford and we take full advantage – as such we have a lot of squash dotted around the living room.
When thinking of tonight’s dinner it seemed sensible to go the squash route, and it occurred to me I hadn’t made a pie in a while.
So here goes. I’d not made a shortcrust pastry in a while, so followed one I found on About.com and added sage to make it a herbed crust.
You’ll need a pie dish. I used a rectangular quiche tin, measuring approx 12″ by 8″, with a removable base
- 200g plain flour
- Pinch of salt
- 110g butter, cubed
- 2-3 tbsp cold water
- 2 tsps dried sage
- A shot of milk (for brushing the lattice)
- Rape seed oil for frying
- 2 x medium squashes, I used one medium sized butternut squash and one small festival squash
- 2 x medium sized squashes
- 2 of the outer large leaves of a savoy cabbage
- 6 x cloves of garlic (everyone in my house LOVES garlic, hence 6 cloves – obviously adjust to taste)
- 2 x tsps of brown mustard seeds
- 1-2 tsps of smoked paprika
- 2-3 tsps of mixed herbs
- A little water for steaming the cabbage
- Salt and pepper to season
I used a food processor to make this pastry – obviously it can also be done by hand, it will just take a little longer. I always weigh the ingredients direct into the food processor, balancing the jug (with blade already in place) on my digital scales.
Heat the oven to 180°C (fan assisted oven)
- Measure the flour, butter and salt into the bowl/jug and then rub in or pulse until the consistency is like breadcrumbs.
- Sprinkle in the sage and pulse once or twice or combine with hands.
- Add water a tablespoon at a time, until the dough has come together. Be careful not to over mix if using the food processor and only use the pulse – be sure to check the mixture carefully to avoid adding too much water.
- Turn the pastry out onto a clean surface or cutting board and gently bring together with your hands, the mixture should be just right so you don’t need to add any more flour or water at this point and it should form a rough, round ball.
- Cling film and put in the fridge to rest for around 20 minutes.
Squash and cabbage pie filling method
- Peal, de-seed and cut the squash into relatively even pieces.
- Pop all into a large cast iron frying pan or oven-proof dish – coat lightly in rapeseed oil season with salt and pepper and sprinkle with around a teaspoon of smoked paprika and a sprinkling of mixed herbs.
- Roast in the pre-heated oven for around 20-30 minutes – keep an eye on, you’ll want them to start roasting but not burn and cooking times will depend on the type of squash and size of the pieces.
- Roughly chop the shallots and onion.
- Grab two big leaves from your savoy cabbage and cut out the stalky bit in the centre. Chop the leaf in half and chop into small strips.
- Put a frying pan on the heat and add rapeseed oil.
- Add the shallots and cook for 2-3 minutes, add the garlic and cook the lot for around 2-3 minutes.
- When shallots and garlic are looking translucent (and ensuring they’re not colouring brown too much) add in all the cabbage and combine through.
- Fry the cabbage for a couple of minutes and then add around 5 tablespoons of hot water so the cabbage gets cooked through and remove from the heat.
Now is a good time to get the pastry crust in the oven.
Cooking the pastry crust method
- Take the pastry out of the fridge and allow to get to room temperature (give it around 5 minutes).
- Taking a tip from Mary Berry on the Great British Bake Off – use the removable base of your pie tin to roll the pastry directly onto – you then know you’ll need to roll just over an inch extra around the outside.
- Once you’ve done that, the pastry can be carefully lifted into the rest of the pie tin. Then I use the handle of a wooden spoon to crimp in around the vertical edges and go over the top with a rolling pin (allowing excess pastry to be cut off by the rim of the pie tin).
- Prick the bottom of the pastry with a fork all the way around and pop into the oven (if the timings work, this should be about the same time you take out the roast squash.
- Bake for around 10 minutes, check and then bake until the middle is starting to lightly brown and is cooked.
Finishing the pie
- To make the lattice top, take the excess pastry you trimmed from the pastry case, and roll out quite thinly into two flats (one approximately the length of the tin, and one approximately the width). Cut these into long strips approx a centimetre wide.
- Add the cabbage mix to the roasted squash and combine – add more smoked paprika, salt and pepper to taste.
- When the pie case is cooked, remove from oven and add in the squash and cabbage mix. This isn’t a wet mix, but should have enough give to fill the pie quite thickly.
- When the pie is filled, carefully place the longer lattice strips lengthways over the filling and then the shorter ones across. Brush all the lattice work lightly with milk.
- Cook for a further 10 – 15 minutes or until the lattice is lightly browned and cooked.
I served this up with gravy, peas and mash potato and it went down a treat with all who ate it.
Sorry there aren’t many photos – everyone had eaten it before I thought about writing it all up! I did manage to grab a couple of snaps of the last slice packed up for someone’s lunch:
Next time I make it I’ll take photos and add into this post.