OK, we're not saying that Kate ate all the pies, but she obviously knows a good hearty meal when she sees one.
And on December 3rd, the Christmas Square Pie Full Turkey Roast will once again be available from its Canary Wharf, Selfridges, Westfield, Twickenham and Spitalfields Market branches.
We've being making this pie every December since 2002. It's well-loved by our loyal customers and all of us at Square Pie. The great thing about a pie is that you can put pretty much anything in, even at Christmas. We adapt it every year but basically it's all the best bits of a Christmas dinner in a pie, said Martin Dewey, founder and managing director at Square Pie.
And if you can't get to a branch, don't worry; we've secured the not-so-secret-anymore recipe:
This will make about 1.9kg of filling (enough for 8-10 people:
700g Diced Turkey Breast
700h Diced Turkey Leg
200g Finely Chopped Onion
150g Streaky Bacon
222g Chipolata Sausages
50g Sunflower Oil
30g Chicken Stock
285g Brussel Sprouts
344g Diced Potatoes
Bring half the oil to a medium heat in a pan and fry the turkey to an even colour. Remove from the pan and add the remaining oil, onions, potatoes and streaky bacon to gently soften. Return the turkey to the pan and stir in the flour, ensuring that all the meat is covered. Cook the flour for 1 minute then add the stock a little at a time, making sure that there are no lumps of flour. Bring the mixture to the boil, skim off any impurities from the top, reduce the heat and gently simmer for 45 minutes.
While the turkey is cooking, roast the chipolatas in a hot oven for 10 minutes and blanch the brussel sprouts in boiling water until just soft. Add cold water to stop them from overcooking and losing their colour.
When the turkey mix is cooked remove from the heat and stir in the halved Brussels sprouts and the roasted chipolatas. A great pie needs a pastry base so line your pie tin with some short crust pastry. Now spoon the mixture into a lined pie case, cover with a puff pastry lid and bake for 25 minutes at 190degreesc / 375degreesF / Gas Mark 5 until golden brown.
Remove from the oven, pull a cracker and serve.
HAP PIE Christmas one and all (and that includes you, Kate!)