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    Squash, mushroom & ham pithivier

    • Preparation time: 15 minutes
    • Cooking time: 30 minutes
    • Total time: 45 minutes

    Serves: 4


    1 butternut squash, peeled, deseeded, halved and sliced
    30g tub Cooks’ Ingredients Dried Porcini Mushrooms
    100g mascarpone
    1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
    500g block puff pastry
    120g pack ham, roughly torn
    1 medium Waitrose British Blacktail Free Range
    Egg, beaten


    1. Preheat the oven to 200°C, gas mark 6. Cook the squash in boiling water for 5 minutes until just tender. Drain and cool. Meanwhile, soak the mushrooms in boiling water for 5 minutes, then drain and chop.

    2. Mix the mascarpone, mustard and mushrooms together and season well.

    3. Roll out ⅓ of the pastry to a rough 26cm square, spread ⅓ of the mascarpone mixture over it, leaving a 2cm border and place on a baking tray. Layer up with the squash, ham and spoonfuls of the remaining mascarpone, seasoning as you go.

    4. Roll out the remaining pastry to a 28cm square and place on top of the filling. Wet the edges of the base pastry and fold over to seal.

    5. Brush the pastry with the beaten egg and bake for 35 minutes until golden.

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    To freeze ahead, cook to the end of Step 4 and allow to cool completely, do not brush with the egg. Cover with clingfilm and freeze. To reheat, defrost thoroughly, brush the pastry with beaten egg and cook in a preheated oven at 200°C, gas mark 6 for 35 minutes, or until golden and cooked through.


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