HOMEMADEPIES

INGREDIENTS

340 g plain flourpinch of salt

150g margarine

3 – 4 tablespoons cold water

Sift the flour and salt into a bowl.

Cut the margarine into small pieces and rub into the flour untilthe mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.

Add enough water to mix to a soft dough

FOR THE FILLING

1 onion,

chopped

1 clove garlic, minced/crushed

1 green pepper chopped

2 green chillies chopped

1 tablespoon oil

1/4kg mince meat

1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

2 tbsp tomato ketchup/tomato paste150 ml beef stock (improvise with water)

2 tsp plain flour

1 – 2 tbsp water (the paste works as a thickening agent)

salt and pepper to taste

beaten egg to glaze

METHOD

Fry the vegetables in the oil until soft. Add the minced beef and cook gently for 5 minutes. Stir in the chili, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup and stock, and simmer gently for 15 minutes.
Mix the flour with a little cold water to form a smooth paste, add to the pan and simmer for a further 5 minutes. Season and leave to cool.
Roll out dough thinly on a lightly floured work surface into circles
Spoon the mince mixture in each at the center.
Dampen the edges of the pastry with a little water and bring one half on top to cover. Seal the edges with a fork GENTLY.
Brush with beaten egg and bake in a moderately hot oven 180dc till golden brown

Credit: Zanele Ka Mvelase’s Kitchen

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