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January 28, 2012

Mushroom Pie with Salad and Balsamic Dressing Copyright Taymer Mason

Editors note: The following recipe makes 24 mini pies that are meant to served as appetizers one each per person with a salad or a dipping sauce of your choice. It is not a main course or even something that is advised to be used as a snack everyday but something you can  truly enjoy in a small quantity. This blog is not a fat-free blog, soy free, or even sugar-free (something I do not really like anyway) but a celebration of food and the art of cooking. One day you would come here and see a salad, next day some strange ice cream. I think that people who write about food, sell food or market food have a public responsibility to not offer unhealthy options  often but this blog is not a healthy lifestyles blog it is a blog abt food that happens not to exploit animals and sometimes there is a pie in the mix, a salad or a drink. So to all you vegans out there that are vegans for health reasons good for you…this is not that kinda blog even if I  would have recipes that are useful for persons following a low-calorie lifestyle. I am a foodie and this blog represents that without the animal products and if you do not like that, do not read the blog.

Woody, rustic, rich and textured are the many words that people use to describe mushrooms. I remember mushrooms were never consumed when I was growing up in Barbados but one day my father bought a can at that time (as fresh were not available back then) and I was hooked and so was he. My mom …not so much. Since then I tried to introduce my peers to mushrooms by adding them to curries or in rice.

Mushroom Love Copyright Taymer Mason

A few weeks ago a client requested a mushroom pie at the company I work with and because of the volume of work that they had that day they were going to tell the client that it was unavailable. I overheard the convo and I chirped in I can make it. My boss said but you only have 30 minutes before they collect it. I cooly said ” I would have about 5 minutes left to let it cool” I left my desk full of my routine paper work and started to throw flour, fat, salt and sugar in a bowl. I ran down to the ice machine to get some water and the same time grabbed a tin of mushroom and the cooks started to open it for me. In 5 minutes my dough was finished in the blast chiller and I started to make my mushroom filling. My boss sauntered in the kitchen and looked at me and said “you only have 20 minutes Taymer are you sure you can do this?” I said yes it is going into the oven just now…” 10 minutes elapsed my mushroom pie creamy filling was chilling out in the blast chiller and I was rolling my pastry and baking it blind.  15 minutes pie in and covered, brushed and was baking. I washed my hands and went back to my desk. 15 minutes later I got up took out the most beautiful rustic pie I ever saw. Voila! I handed my boss the pie and he just looked up at me wordless. It wasnt one of the biggest moments in my life but doing that gave me a sense of I can do anything I put my mind to…something I needed at that point of my life.

Vegan Mini Mushroom Pies Copyright T Mason

A few days later the same client came back again and said they loved my pie so much they wanted it again but this time in mini portions. That time I did not rush the pie and today I am sharing my recipe with you.

Moral of the story…sometimes it is not your job to do something but if you know you can do it well …do it and do it well and do it because you want to do it.

Mushroom Pie Cut Copyright Taymer Mason

Mini Mushroom Pies

by Taymer Mason

Makes 24 full pastry cups with lids

Pastry Dough

2 3/4 cups flour

2 sticks vegan  butter ( I am using Earth Balance)

1 tbs sugar

1 tsp salt

1 cup ice-cold water

Method

Rub fat into flour and add sugar salt.

Add water and mix quickly and well.

Divide dough in 2 pieces and wrap in kitchen paper. Store in the fridge.

See tutorial for the rest of the method.

Mushroom Filling

2 heaping tbs vegan butter

2 1/2 cups fresh mushrooms chopped small

3- 4 shallots finely minced

heaping 1/4 cup flour

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons plain soy or almond mil

100 ml white wine

2 green onions white and green parts finely minced

2 tsp fresh thyme pulled

1 tsp minced fresh tarragon

1 heaping tbs dijon mustard (the good kind please if you can afford it)

1 heaping tbs yeast flakes

black pepper and salt to taste

Extras

Reserve 1 tsb Dijon mustard

1/4 cup soy creamer and a pinch turmeric and paprika

fresh herbs for dusting tops

Method

Heat butter and add mushrooms , shallots and green onion until mushrooms start to go soft

Add flour and stir well, add milk , wine,Dijon and yeast flakes. Stir well and let mixture get thick.

Season with salt and pepper and cool in the fridge. The mushroom mixture will get very thick as it cools.

See tutorial below

Here is how you get them done

Step 1

Step one roll and cut the pastry dough Copyright Taymer Mason

Step 2

Place pastry disks in cupcake pan

Step 2 Make Pastry Cup Copyright Taymer Mason

Step 3

Step 3 Brush cups with Dijon Mustard Mixed with Tarragon

Step 4

Step 4 Prick cups to prevent dough from puffing up

Step 5

Bake Blind for 16 minutes in a 350 F / 180 C oven

Step 6

Fill cooled half-baked shells with cool mushroom mixture.Overfill them a little as you would cover after

Step 6 Fill up cups, Fill them High

Step 7

Make Pastry disk and cover mushroom cups seal well

Step 7 Cover filled pastry cups

Step 8

Let the cups breathe by cutting slits at the top

Step 8 Cut Slits in the tops

Step 9

Brush tops with soy creamer mixed with turmeric and paprika to enhance colour and give a sheen on the tops

Step 9 Brush Those Cups

Step 10

Bake for 30 mins at 180 C for about 30 minutes …brush periodically with more soy cream mixture. Sprinkle chopped herbs on the tops when they come out of the oven. Serve warm.

Step 10 Bake and Serve

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Announcement in the next post.

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26 Comments leave one →
  1. January 28, 2012 8:02 pm

    That looks so so so delicious. I’m drooling!

    • Taymer permalink*
      January 28, 2012 8:46 pm

      Thanks…go and make it!

  2. January 28, 2012 8:23 pm

    I had just eaten a big brunch when I read this and the pictures somehow still made me hungry! This is exactly the kind of stuff I love to eat. Since going soy-free, mushrooms have played a more prominent role in my cooking. They are indeed such a great meat replacement in entrees for all the reasons you listed above. I can’t get enough.

    • Taymer permalink*
      January 28, 2012 8:49 pm

      I am not anti soy but I almost never eat soy anymore because I find other things to eat….I only eat oats in the morning made with water so I do not have any use for soy milk…I am smaller but I attribute that to my salad eating ways:)

  3. January 28, 2012 9:41 pm

    that is sure making me hungry Taymer…I love it.

  4. Bajangyal permalink
    January 29, 2012 9:11 am

    Beautiful as always Taymer

  5. January 29, 2012 9:33 am

    I love fresh mushrooms, but as it’s sometime hard to find, I must confess i use the frozen ones. :-D This little pies make me hungry, hey it’s time for breakfeast !

  6. January 29, 2012 10:59 am

    2 sticks Earth Balance equals over 700 grams of fat and 500% of the daily limit on saturated fat by the government.

    Yuck.

    • Taymer permalink*
      January 29, 2012 1:51 pm

      these make over 24 tarts so dont get your panties in a knot..what government are u referring to?

      • Sharon permalink
        January 29, 2012 9:05 pm

        I guess the stopthefatgovernment

        madness

    • Taymer permalink*
      January 29, 2012 2:09 pm

      Now fat free person,only someone greedy would stuff their face with 24 pastries..the co operative word here is pastry and it is an appetizer served as one with a salad…get off my blog and stop sending me s#$! for words to read . Though I respect your agenda I do not agree with how people demonize foods in the media…..one could be perfectly healthy indulging in small delights not American portion sizes.. America is fat due to this same agenda in the 80’s…had I made some sweet you wouldnt be on here and in my inbox writing me.

      This is a recipe for a fairly large gathering, not something u pop in your face watching tv saying “But is vegan!” …get off it!

      On Sun, Jan 29, 2012 at 1:50 PM, Taymer Mason wrote:

      > these make over 24 tarts so dont get your panties in a knot..what > government are u referring to? > >

      • Annette permalink
        October 8, 2012 4:23 pm

        Bravo! Can’t wait to try these for my next party.

  7. Sharon permalink
    January 29, 2012 9:01 pm

    This looks really good!

  8. January 30, 2012 3:38 am

    These look amazing! I love the small pies and filled with mushrooms…yum!

  9. January 30, 2012 10:50 am

    These look so pretty, I would be thrilled to serve them at a party! And re: the comments above… just because we’re vegan doesn’t mean we can’t ever indulge! I think that’s actually the thing that turns people off of veganism the most, the idea that its no frills, no fat, no sugar cooking. Vegan food can also be decadent and special-occasion appropriate, like these pies are!

    • Taymer permalink*
      January 30, 2012 12:02 pm

      exactly!…i know whose camp that character came from..they have nothing to do….

  10. January 30, 2012 8:52 pm

    Taymer, in my house, mushrooms are a food group unto themselves, so there’s plenty of room on the menu to have some in richer dishes sometimes. Looks like the fat quantity works out to 2 teaspoons each for your recipe, which seems just about right for a pastry-type appetizer. Maybe the hater was just having a bad day (no excuse, I know). At any rate, I’m looking at this for maybe Super Bowl if I can get my rear in gear early enough. I guarantee you my non- veg family members (which is all of them) would eat these!

  11. February 23, 2012 6:11 pm

    I just so happen to visit this today, and I probably COULD eat all 24 in one sitting!
    But to be reasonable, I would eat 2-3… okay, I should just eat 1… (hangs head in shame)
    Who’s going to eat the other 23, there is only me in the house.

  12. Anonymous permalink
    March 21, 2012 10:51 am

    so beautiful! it looks like food art. do you have a restaurant? i’m looking forward to more posts!

  13. Julia permalink
    March 21, 2012 5:58 pm

    Wow, these look perfect for a party. Can’t wait to make them. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  14. June 9, 2012 2:09 pm

    They look very appetizing!

  15. June 20, 2012 7:34 am

    These look absolutely delicious!

  16. Anonymous permalink
    July 5, 2012 10:50 am

    I can’t wait to try these! Thanks for sharing.

  17. July 17, 2012 11:09 am

    Those little gems nestled into curly lettuce are irresistably adorable. And I KNOW they’re tasty too. Thanks for sharing!

  18. July 27, 2012 9:55 am

    This is amazing! Thanks so much for sharing! You can see your passion and art!

  19. December 7, 2012 7:09 pm

    Looks awesome ! funnily enough I made a pattie today but instead of using the meat substitute I used mushrooms. I am going to try this recipe out tomorrow! thanks for this and great site!

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