This delicious pie is quite different than the usual pie. It is composed of a flaky crust rolled around a flavourful ham filling, which is sliced into rounds and placed in the baking pan. It is topped with a cheese sauce, buttered crumbs and then baked. Fabulous! You can also very easily cut the recipe in half.
For the filling:
1 1/4 pounds ground ham
125g prepared mustard (1/2 cup)
(I use Dijon)
60g grated strong cheddar cheese (1/2 cup)
For the crust:
310g plain flour (1 1/2 cups)
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
55g white vegetable shortening (1/4 cup)
180ml milk (3/4 cup)
For the sauce:
450ml milk (2 cups)
2 TBS plain flour
2 TBS butter
1 tsp salt
120g grated strong cheddar cheese (2 cups)
Preheat the oven to 190*C/375*F/ gas mark 5. Butter a 9 by 13 inch baking dish. Set aside.
Mix the ground ham and prepared mustard together until well combined. (I buy a chunk of roasted ham and grind it in the food processor. Works beautifully. You can also use leftover cooked ham.)
Sift the flour into a bowl along with the baking powder and salt. Drop in the shortening and rub it in until the mixture resembles fine bread crumbs. Stir the milk in usig a fork, to give you a soft dough. Knead gently a few times and then roll out, on a lightly floured surface, into a large rectangle which is 1/4 inch thick and about 8 by 24 inches in size. Spread the ham mixture evenly over top of the dough. Sprinkle the cheese over top and press it gently into the ham. Roll up into a tight roll from long side to long side. Cut into 16 evenly sized pieces. Place into the baking dish.
Melt the butter for the sauce and whisk in the flour. Cook for one minute. Slowly whisk in the milk. Cook, stirring constantly over medium high heat, until the mixture bubbles and thickens. Cook for a further minute, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat. Season with the salt and some black pepper. Stir in the cheese to melt. Pour this sauce evenly over top of the ham rolls. Mix the crumbs together with the melted butter and sprinkle evenly over top of the cheese sauce.
Bake in the preheated oven for 40 to 45 minutes until golden brown and nicely risen. Cut into squares to serve.
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