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After having feasted on these little orgasmic delights for three weeks, I have decided I'm going to learn how to make Australian meat pies. By myself. From scratch.

So the first place I turn is my friend Google.

And what do I find?

Every single recipe include something like this:


  • 4 sheets frozen puff pastry, thawed


I refuse to believe that the flaky, transcendent Beef and Red wine Pie I sampled at the Dish Café in Parkes was made from frozen, pre-prepared dough. That's for those plastic-wrapped abominations you find in the hot case at a Caltex and eat at your peril!

Bah. So I've found a good recipe for homemade puff pastry. Never mind that it only takes thirty-six hours to prepare (allowing, of course, for refrigeration time) and looks about as simple as a coronary bypass procedure, I want the real thing. YouTube is full of videos showing how it's done, and it doesn't really look that complicated. This one is a delight to watch, but for some odd reason I had a really difficult time keeping my eye on the dough...

So there, Pepperidge Farm. Take your frozen pastry and feed it to the Todal.

I shall return and report.


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torakiyoshi
Feb. 12th, 2010 06:37 pm (UTC)
That's going to play heck on your diet...

-=TK

Edited at 2010-02-12 06:37 pm (UTC)
dewhitton
Feb. 12th, 2010 11:26 pm (UTC)
Stick the diet, this is PIES.
ccdesan
Feb. 12th, 2010 11:50 pm (UTC)
Preach it, brother!
secoh
Feb. 12th, 2010 11:57 pm (UTC)
PIE!!!!
torakiyoshi
Feb. 13th, 2010 06:55 pm (UTC)
Having just made two Shepherd pies (my first ever, both made and eaten) recently which were sumarily devouered, I both understand that sentiment and laughed out loud at it.

-=TK
ffcj
Feb. 12th, 2010 08:22 pm (UTC)
Well, Blätterteig is one of the things where you just don't gain much by doing it yourself and where, without the stuff of a factory, it is a pain in the *** to do it right ...

Good luck anyway :)
ccdesan
Feb. 12th, 2010 10:04 pm (UTC)
Tja, danke. It's the principle of the thing!
secoh
Feb. 12th, 2010 09:53 pm (UTC)
Haha if it was too complicated to make it wouldn't be Australian!!
dewhitton
Feb. 12th, 2010 11:25 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty certain The Dish Cafe doesn't use frozen anything.
alaskawolf
Feb. 13th, 2010 12:03 am (UTC)
yummy goodness :D
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coyoty
Feb. 16th, 2010 09:39 am (UTC)
Hopefully Old Wolf won't have the opportunity to compare notes with a doctor on that.
thefoxaroo
Feb. 27th, 2010 09:07 am (UTC)
They're not exactly a gourmet item to begin with, are they? :P

I wish I could find that advertisment for "Four & Twenty" pies which juxtaposes Aussie "culture" on the traditional classy restaurant scene.

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