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The use of the pie bird may be something you remember from your grandmother but this little guy isn't just a pretty little pie topper. The use of the pie bird is a wonderful tool that will help your pies come out even better. The hollow Le Creuset Pie Bird in White redirects the moisture from the filling which does 2 very important things. First off this keeps moisture away from the bottom crust so it does not come out soggy. Secondly, this redirecting of moisture and steam will keep your top crust in tact and helps prevent your filling from spilling over in the oven.
The Le Creuset Pie Bird is made of durable enameled stoneware the resists moisture absorption keeping it from cracking. This stoneware pie bird is oven safe up to 500°F / 260°C as well as freezer, microwave, and dishwasher safe.
Le Creuset White Pie Bird (PG1875-0416) Features:
Oven: 180°C / 350°F / Gas Mark 4, preheated / Fan oven: 160°C
Roast chicken for the filling.
Place the chicken portions into a deep roasting dish, rub the butter into the skin and pour the stock into the dish. Add the bay leaf and season with the salt and pepper. Place on the lid or cover tightly with foil and cook in the oven for 1 hour.
Pour the cooking juices into a measuring jug, skim and discard any fat and top up to 500ml with some water if necessary. Strip the meat from the bones and cover until required.
To make the pastry:
Sieve the flour, salt and paprika into a bowl, add the diced butter and white fat. Using your finger tips rub the mixture together until it resembles breadcrumbs.
Stir in the cheese, add the egg yolk with the water and bring the mixture together to form a dough ball. Handle as little as possible for best results.
Wrap the pastry in cling film and rest in a cool place or the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
To make the sauce:
Sauté the leeks in the butter for 5 – 6 minutes, stir in the flour followed by the reserved cooking juices, cream and herbs. Cook whilst stirring until thickened. Adjust the seasoning to taste with some salt and black pepper.
Increase the oven temperature to 190°/ 170°C Fan assisted /375°F/ Gas Mark 5
To make the pie:
Dust a work surface or silicone rolling mat and a rolling pin with the extra flour.
Divide the pastry into 2 pieces, one slightly larger than the other.
Roll out the smaller piece to a circle for the top using the dish upturned as a guide and set to one side. Roll out the larger piece to a circle approximately 30cm (12inch) diameter and line the dish.
Place the pie bird in the center of the dish, add the cooked chicken meat and pour over the leek sauce. Brush the rim of the pastry with some of the glaze.
Cut a small cross in the center of the rolled out pie top and place over the filling, allowing the pie bird to poke through. Press the edges together to seal and trim away the excess. Use the end of a spoon handle and press around the sealed edges to make a pattern and decorate the top with the pastry trimming if liked. Brush the top of the pie with the glaze. Cook for 50 – 55 minutes until deep golden brown. If the pastry edges start to over brown protect them with some strips of foil.
Placing the pie dish on a metal baking sheet when cooking will help brown the pastry.
|Name||Le Creuset Stoneware Pie Bird - White|
|GTIIN / UPC Code||00630870063906|
|Home or Commercial||Home|
|Manufacturer's Warranty||5 Year Limited Manufacturer Warranty|
|Country of Manufacture||China|
|Weight (in Lbs)||2|