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Paul’s Hand-raised Boxing Day Pie

by Paul Hollywood from The Great British Bake Off: Christmas

Paul Hollywod shows us how to make the best of Christmas dinner leftovers, with this simple and delicious recipe for Boxing Day Pie from The Great British Bake Off Christmas cookbook.

From the book


For the pastry:
450g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
100g strong white bread flour
1 tsp salt
75g chilled butter, cut into cubes
150g lard, cut into cubes
1 small egg, beaten, to glaze
200ml water
For the filling:
400g leftover stuffing (sage and onion, or your own preference)
500g cooked turkey, both white and brown meat, roughly chopped
200g fresh or frozen cranberries, defrosted
150g cranberry sauce
Salt and black pepper

Essential kit

You will need: a 23cm round springform cake tin or raised pie mould, liberally greased with melted lard.


Sift the flours and salt into a mixing bowl. Using your fingertips, rub the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Make a well in the centre of the mixture.

Heat the lard and 200ml water in a small pan over a medium heat. When the mixture is simmering, pour it into the well in the flour and stir with a wooden spoon, gradually drawing the dry ingredients into the liquid, until the mixture comes together in a dough.

Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth and pliable. Roll out three-quarters of the dough and use to a line the prepared tin or mould. Press the pastry into the base and sides of the tin to prevent air bubbles from forming, leaving the excess hanging over the edge of the tin.

Spoon half of the stuffing into the pastry case and press down with the back of a spoon. Arrange half of the turkey over the stuffing, then season with salt and pepper. Mix the cranberries and cranberry sauce together and spoon half over the turkey. Repeat the layers once more, pressing down as before.

Roll out the remaining pastry large enough to cover the pie. Brush the overhanging edges with water and place the lid on top, squeezing it together at the edges to seal. Trim off most of the excess pastry using scissors or a knife, and crimp using your fingers or the tines of a fork to create a decorative edge. Stamp out small stars from any leftover rolled out pastry, if you like, and use to decorate the top of the pie. Make a small hole in the centre of the lid and chill for 30 minutes. Heat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas 4.

Place the pie in a roasting tin, transfer to the heated oven and cook for 45 minutes. Remove from the oven and brush with beaten egg to glaze. Return to the oven for 15 minutes.

Remove from the oven and leave to cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Cool for a further 30 minutes before removing the sides of the tin or mould.

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From the book: The Great British Bake Off: Christmas

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