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Lately I have played with medieval cooking and this weekend I deiced to cook this beautiful and tasty medieval pork and chicken pie for my family. A succulent medieval pie is a perfect introduction to medieval cooking to modern dinners. The filling is minced pork with fried chicken pieces and fruits dotted throughout.
The evening of pies
My sister visited my parents’ summer house this week with her new baby and I of course had to come as well. On Tuesday a lot of the family came to visit so we were eight grownups for dinner and a three weeks old baby (who is adorable). I offered to cook for everyone because hey test subjects!
I had had my eyes on trying out more meat pies or postej recipes. After looking in my recipes books and my time frame I set my eyes on a pork and chicken postej, which is a 1300’s recipe. I also decided to make my game pie as it uses the same doughs for the crust – and I had made it before and it was good. This time I made it with beef and more grapes which worked really well.
Making the pie
After some poorly timed shopping my aunt and I got to work on the pies – it had gotten really late so I need a bit of help if we were to eat in a timely manner (it still got really late). I had mad the dough for the crusts earlier and she rolled out the dough and fixed the tins. I made all the fillings and assembling the pies – it is her lovely decorations. The family loved it. My father was particularly surprised that it was as good as it was. He had expected really christmasy meat but the spices are rather subtle – though re-heated the flavours stand out more. So it was a great hit
The pork and chicken pie
The finished meat pies/postej
To make the pie you need can just use an oven proof dish and cover it with shortcrust and add the filling, but seriously where is the fun it that? So as with the game pie I made both a dough for the casing and one for the pie lid.
If you choose to reheat the pie, know that it takes quite some time and that the flavours will intensify.
Let the dough rest for at least an hour in a bag in the fridge. While that rest or you prep the chicken and perhaps have a cup of tea or great the guests. Once the filling is done you can assemble the postej itself. It takes 35-45 minutes in the oven to bake. Remember to serve it with period side dishes and bread. I served it with some cooked spinach and fresh steamed pies.
Pork and chicken pie
A wonderfully succulent medieval pie that is a perfect introduction of medieval cooking to modern dinners. The filling is minced pork with fried chicken pieces and fruits dotted throughout.
Serves 8 people
Add the safran to 1 tablespoon of boiling water to soak for 2-3 minutes.
Mix egg, raisin, spices and the minced pork together in a bowl. Remember to add the safran.
Core and dice the apple and add it to the pork mixture
You want the consistency like meat ball mixture. You might need to add a little bit of flour
Slice the chicken into bite size pieces. Coat them with the flour mix.
Brown them quickly in some oil and perhaps a bit of Powder douce.
Assemble and bake the pie
Grease cake tin with a removable bottom .
Roll out the pie crust and cover the cake tin in it so it fits over the inside. Let the exeses dough hang over the edges for now.
Add half the pork mixture to the tin and spread it out over the bottom.
Add the browned chicken pieces so it covers up the pork.
Layer the rest of the pork mixture over the top of the chicken.
Roll out a lid of shortcrust to the tin.
Fold over the edges of the pie crust so folds over the edges of the short crust.
Decorate the pie if you like with bits of short crust. Brush with a mixed egg.
Bake at 225 C for about 35 min until golden. Serve hot or warm.
Find a recipe for Powder douce at medievalcookery.com – I suggest to mix a glass full to have some future medieval recipes. Used in moderation it adds a wonderfully complex taste to dishes.
Source: “Forme of Cury” 1390. As found in middelaldermad af Bi Skaarup & Henrik Jacobsen
Shortcrust (postej låg)
This is an unsweetened shortcrust that works very well for medieval meat pies
Rub the butter and flour together in with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
Add eggs and water and mix it together until you have a smooth pie dough.
Add it to a plastic bag and let it rest for an hour in the fridge, before you use it. The resting is important, or the texture will be off.
Source: "Mørdej uden sukker" is from "Renæssancemad" by Bi Skaarup.
Pie crust (postejdej)
An unsweetened very elastic crust for making medieval meat pies.
The portion is a bit bigger than what I need for my pie tin.
Melt the butter in the boiling water
Put the flour in a bowl and mix it with the salt. Make an indentation in the little mountain of flour (like you do with pasta dough).
Add in the water/butter mix, one third at a time, and mix it in with the rest, until you have a smooth pie dough. The order is important if you are using a kitchen aid
Add it to a plastic bag and let it rest for an hour in the fridge.
Source: "Postejdej nr. 2" printed in "Historisk Kogebog" af Else-Marie Boyhus but is originally from Haldahl's cookbook from 1883.