Vegan MoFo 2017 – Day 31: Halloween!

Mrs. Lovett’s ‘Meat’ Pies

We have a soft spot for musicals and Sweeny Todd is certainly a favourite. Here’ a vegan tribute to Mrs Lovett, and her ‘meat’ pies. Ours is lentil based, loaded with veggies and red wine. Definitely not the worst pies in London!

The dough makes a rather firm crust. I used a small spring-form pan to bake mine and I wanted a dough that wouldn’t collapse. Incidentally, this dough is perfect for making hand-pies.

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Mrs. Lovett's 'Meat' Pies
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Serves: 6 servings
Pie Dough
  • 2 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ cup cold water
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
Lentil Filling
  • 2 tablespoons refined coconut oil or vegan bacon grease
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • ½ cup diced peeled carrot
  • ½ cup diced celery
  • ½ cup diced fennel
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 19-oz can lentils, drained
  • ¼ teaspoon dry thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon dry sage
  • ¼ teaspoon dry savoury
  • ¼ teaspoon white pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ cup red wine
  • 1 ½ cup vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch mixed with 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
Make the lentil filling
  1. Heat the oil or vegan bacon grease in a medium pot.
  2. Saute the onion, carrot, celery, fennel and garlic until almost tender, about 8 minutes
  3. Add the dried herbs, pepper and nutmeg.
  4. Stir in the lentils and the red wine. Bring to a simmer then cook for 3 minutes.
  5. Add the broth and bring to a simmer, cook until the vegetables are tender.
  6. Season well with salt and pepper
  7. Mix the cornstarch and water, then stir it into the simmering lentils. It will thicken up a lot. Let cook 1 minute.
  8. Remove from the heat and stir in the horseradish.
  9. Let cool to room temperature.
Make the dough
  1. Sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt
  2. Mix in the olive oil until the mixture is a little sandy
  3. Combine the water and vinegar
  4. Stir it in to the flour mix, it will form a ragged mass. Mix until it comes together into a dough. It may require the addition of a tablespoon or two of extra water. Wrap in plastic and let rest for at least 30 minutes.
Make the pie and bake
  1. Preheat the oven to 375F
  2. Divide the dough into two pieces.
  3. Roll one piece out on a floured surface, until about 2-3 inches lager than the pan you will be using to bake the pie. Use a 9-inch pie pan or 8-inch spring form pan.
  4. Place the rolled out piece of dough into the pan. Fill the pan ¾ full with filing.
  5. Roll out the second piece of dough until it is about the size of the pan top.
  6. Make a slurry with 1 tablespoon flour and just enough water to make a thick paste.
  7. Cut away any excess dough from the bottom pie dough. Brush a little flour paste along the bit of exposed dough.
  8. Place the top piece of the dough over the filling and press it into the slurry to form a seal between the top and bottom dough pieces.
  9. Cut a small opening in the centre of the dough to allow steam to escape.
  10. Lightly oil the top of the dough.
  11. Bake in the centre of the oven for 45-60 minutes, or until well browned.
  12. Allow to cool a bit before slicing.

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  • Reply
    October 31, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    Yet another delicious looking dish! I love a good pie. I’ve enjoyed your VeganMoFo posts so much, I’m so glad you participated! I’m sure it’s been a lot of hard work, but I’ve enjoyed every post!

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      Two Happy Rabbits
      November 3, 2017 at 10:32 am

      Thanks, Jenny! We appreciate you stopping by the blog as much as you have. We’re looking forward all the new recipes we’ll be posting soon. First, a couple days break! We’re about to start heading south into the US for the winter, so we’re busily getting all of our ducks in a row. New recipes will be up soon, and we’re working on our fist cookbook, too.

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    johanna @ green gourmet giraffe
    October 31, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    Looks delicious – when we visit Edinburgh where my husband grew up we always have to see the Sweeney Todd penny arcade game in the children’s museum – it is very funny.

  • Reply
    November 2, 2017 at 11:21 am

    Ooooh these pies look so very delicious. I love pies like this for winter time.

    • Reply
      Two Happy Rabbits
      November 3, 2017 at 10:28 am

      Thanks, Emma!

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