I always find making pie's a rather satisfying. It's such a homely comforting thing to do and I get a real sense of achievement from doing it. This recipe is not a particularly christmassy one but it's good to have in reserve over the festive season. You can make it ahead and have it in the freezer for those days when you've been too busy because you're out christmas shopping or hung over from the works doo and can't face having to think about what to cook. It's great hot or cold so you could also have it as part of your boxing day splatter or in the summer on a picnic.
I've made one giant one here, in fact, I doubled up the recipe and made two so I'd have another in reserve. You could of course make the more traditional individual pasties if you wanted.
Heat the oven to 160c fan. Make your pastry with 300g Plain Flour. Rub in 100g Butter/Margarine and 50g white fat like Cookeen. This gives you a shorter more crisp pastry. When you have the bread crumb finish, add enough cold water to bring it together to a dough. Tip in onto a floured surface and knead slightly till it's smooth.
Now line am 8/9" cake tin with the pastry leaving a bit of an over hanging edge. When you add your filling the pastry will draw in slightly so leaving an overhang ensures you have enough for your crimping.
Next prepare your filling. Thinly slice 3 medium potatoes and 200g swede. Slicing them thinly means they will cook with ease. Season 500g steak mince with 1 tbsp black pepper, 1/4 tsp mace 1/2 tsp salt and add 1 large onion finely chopped. Now layer your filling into the lined tin starting with 1/3 of the potato and swede then 1/3 of the meat. Repeat the layers till all your filling is in. To finish your pie, trim the overhanging edge and brush it with a little water. Top the pie with a pastry lid, pressing the edges together. Give it a lovely crimp and any other embellishments you like, personally I can't resist a bit of lettering, then brush with beaten egg and make a couple of steam holes with a knife.
The pie should take about 1hr 30 mins to bake, individual pasties will be around 45mins.