Chicken, apple and cheese pies recipe

By Lorna Brash

  1. Makes 9
  2. Takes 30 minutes to make and 25-30 minutes to cook, plus chilling and cooling
  3. Rating

This recipe combines chicken breast with bacon, apple and Chedder cheese for surprisingly fruity chicken pies.

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Chicken, apple and cheese pies

Ingredients

  1. 350g plain flour
  2. 175g lightly salted butter
  3. 175g rindless smoked back bacon, diced
  4. 2 chicken breasts, about 350g, diced
  5. 100g mature Cheddar, finely diced
  6. 6 tbsp Bonne Maman Apple Compote
  7. Leaves from 2 fresh thyme sprigs
  8. 1 medium egg, beaten
  9. 1 tsp rock salt

Method

  1. 1. Put the flour and butter in a food processor and whizz to fine breadcrumbs. Add 5-6 tablespoons cold water until the mixture comes together. Chill for 15 minutes.
  2. 2. Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan180°C/gas 6. Roll out two-thirds of the pastry on a lightly floured surface. Press out 9 x 11cm circles and use to line 9 holes in a muffin tin. Roll out the remaining pastry and cut out 9 x 8cm circles and set aside.
  3. 3. Cook the bacon and chicken in a pan for 8 minutes until the chicken is cooked. Cool slightly before adding the cheese, apple compote and leaves from 1 thyme sprig. Divide the mixture between the pastry cases, packing in firmly. Brush a little water around the pastry rim. Put the remaining pastry circles on top and press together to give a good seal, rolling any overlapping pastry back to cover the rims. Brush with egg, scatter with the remaining thyme and rock salt and bake for 25-30 minutes until golden. Cool in the tin for 10 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Serve with extra apple compote, if you like.

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