I have had many failed baking attempts. Especially with the dough part of things. I even somewhat goofed in this recipe but it was a good goof so I decided to share with you all. A few months ago i tried making fish pie and it came out not so great. The crust was too hard and extremely dense and not in a good way. I have learnt and grown so far so yay. The mistake in this recipe was dumping the egg in the dough, I initially intended on trying it without the egg but the egg addition did not produce a terrible result. The other mistake I have made in the past is over kneading the dough. Once the dough holds, place in the fridge. Do not overwork it. Do you have baking mistakes? What are your learnings from them? Enjoy this recipe!
1.5 cups of all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
1/2 cup of butter
1 egg (once whisked, divide in half, leave half for coating and I added the other half to the dough. Feel free to skip adding it to the dough)
1/2 cup of water
A can of sardines
Melt the butter and work into the flour till properly mixed. Add the baking powder and salt and continue working it in.
Slowly pour the water and mix and knead the dough. Do not pour all the water at once. Add it step by step so the dough can hold. Do not over work the dough. Once you have kneaded it sufficiently, wrap in a plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 1- 2 hours so the dough can be smoother.
Take out the sardines from the can and mash. Feel free to add anything you like like chopped onions or peppers. I made mine plain.
Pre-heat the oven to 350F.
Once the dough is smoother, sprinkle some flour on the surface you would be rolling the dough on and roll out your dough.
Place a small portion of the mashed fish on the dough and roll. I had fun with mine and got cookie cutters to make different shapes. The standard way of doing this is to cut the dough into squares and roll.
Once you have laid out your fish pies on a greased pan, use the rest of the whisked egg to coat the dough by rubbing the egg on them. This gives it that finished brownish look.
Place in the oven for about 25-30 mins.
Serve with a cool drink.