Although this recipe comes all the way from Finland it will be instantly familiar to Australians. A little bit savoury slice, pie and pizza in one it has a base of simple pastry and a topping made with ham, capsicum, cheese and sour cream. While delicious warm it is equally good cold and perfect for the lunchbox! It's also a cinch in the Thermomix!
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Thermomix Finnish Ham Pie
An Original Recipe by Lorraine Elliott
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 40 minutes
For base: - 350g/12.4ozs. flour - 150g/5ozs. salted cold butter, cubed - 1/2 teaspoon salt - 175ml/6flozs. buttermilk or milk
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 leek, white part only, split in half and rinsed well of dirt
- 350g/12.4ozs. sliced ham
- 1 medium red capsicum, around 300g/10.6ozs.
- 180g/6ozs. grated tasty cheese
- 150ml/5flozs. cream or sour cream
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons chives
- 2 tablespoons parsley
Step 1 - Process the flour and butter together in the Thermomix bowl for 8 seconds on speed 4.5. Scrape down the sides and add the buttermilk and salt and process for 8 seconds at speed 3.5 until it forms a dough.
Step 2 - Oil a 30x20cm slice tin on the base and sides and press the pastry down spreading it out with your hands (it doesn't have to be perfect). Bake for 20 minutes or until golden.
Step 3 - Quarter the leek and place it with the ham slices and capsicum and process for 10 seconds at speed 4.5. Then add oil and cook for 6 minutes at 105C on gentle stir. Mix with the cheese and spread over the cooked base.
Step 4 - Whisk the cream and egg together with the chives. Pour over the ham and leek filling and spread out to the sides. Bake in a 170C/340F oven for 25 - 30 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley and serve warm or cold.