Thursday, September 19, 2013

Fish and Prawn Pies

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It won’t be wrong if I serve a pie on our dinning table. My daughter is so attracted by any bakery made of puff pastry. No matter what I put inside, any kind of meat or veggies, she will quickly dig into it and taste the delicious fillings going with the fluffy pastry. Baking a pie with store-bought puff pastry is a piece of cake. All I have to do is to get the fillings ready, covered with puff pastry and pop it into the oven. The only thing I would worry is that if they aren’t aware of the fillings is steamy hot inside, they would be in trouble.

Fish and Prawn Pies (Printable recipe)
By Christine's Recipes
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 50 mins
Yield: 4 x 200ml-capacity ramekins

Ingredients:
  • 15 gm butter
  • 1 leek, white part only
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 2 bay leaves, fresh or dried
  • 2 Tbsp plain flour / all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk, full cream or skim
  • 180 gm white fish fillet (cod, snapper or basa)
  • 6 large prawns / shrimps, about 120 gm
  • 2 tsp capers, rinsed and drained
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1 puff pastry, frozen, sized 24cmx24cm
  • whisked egg, for egg wash
Capers

How To Make Fish and Prawn Pies

Method:
  1. Rinse leek and wipe dry. Finely chop. Set aside.
  2. Rinse fish fillet and wipe dry with kitchen papers. Cut into chunks. Peel and devein prawns. Cut each into 3 pieces. Set aside.
  3. Preheat oven to 200C / 395F. (Preferably fan forced, 180C / 356F)
  4. Heat oil in a large pot or wok. Add butter. When the butter melts and turns foamy, add the leek, shallot, bay leaves and cook until aromatic. Stir occasionally and cook until the leek softened, about 4 to 5 minutes. Sprinkle flour and stir to combine well. Cook for another 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. Slowly pour milk and stir until nice and smooth. Cook for about 5 minutes. Stir in fish and prawns. Cook for 3 minutes. Add capers. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat. Let it cook for a while.
  6. Place puff pastry at room temperature until just thawed and workable. Cut into 4 equal portions. Divide the fillings into individual ramekins. Cover each with puff pastry portion. Lightly press the edges. Use a sharp knife to cut 2 slits in the middle to let the steam escape. Brush with whisked egg. Transfer to preheated oven. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until lightly brown. Reduce heat to 180C / 356F. Continue to bake for another 25 to 30 minutes, or until pastry is golden brown. Enjoy!
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Notes:
  • Capers are tiny pickled flower buds, with salty and tangy taste that helps to add more flavour to this dish. They are available at supermarkets.
  • If using frozen fish and prawns, let them rest in room temperature until thawed completely. Wipe dry thoroughly. Otherwise they will release water while cooking and loosen the sauce.
  • The consistency of filling should be quite thick.
  • When baking, fan-forced mode is preferable if your oven has this function. It helps the pastry turn golden brown color evenly.


10 comments :

  1. Wish there is a recipe for the puff pastry.
    Thank you

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    1. Quite lazy to make puff pastry from scratch, heehee.
      Maybe later.

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  2. Hi Christine, I just wanted to say that I really really love your recipes. I can only do western style cakes but my husband and I really miss the flavour of traditional Asian cooking (he gets sick of the fusion teriyaki soy sauce stuff I cook) and your recipes honestly reminds me of all the food my late mother used to make at home. Thanks so much for bringing it back and keeping the traditions of HK style cooking alive!

    If you get a chance, feel free to check out my cakes (https://www.facebook.com/SugaConceptz) but believe it or not my #1 dessert is still egg tart (especially the one from Tai Cheung in HK). Hopefully I can make it taste somewhat similar with your recipe!



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    1. Glad that you loved my recipes. I grew up with all these HK style cooking. They are very unique and tasty.

      Browsed your facebook page and amazed by your gorgeous cakes.

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  3. I too enjoy a comfort dish like this..looks beautiful!

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  4. Love it :) .yummy.. Have always enjoyed reading your blog.
    Thank you for sharing

    Ade..SG

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