Spend some time making these hearty pies to store in the freezer - then you'll always have something delicious for a last-minute picnic or summer lunch
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Make it spicy
Use merguez, or sausages containing chilli, as part of the sausagemeat mix. Use sliced cooked chicken in place of the ham, replace the apple with chopped dried apricots and leave out the mustard.
Freeze the pies already cooked and cooled, and the pastry will hold well. Defrosting the pie takes about 6 hours in total. To check if the pie is ready to eat, push a knife into the centre; it should come out cold but not freezing and the pie shouldn't feel solid. If it's a hot day, it's safer to defrost the pie in the fridge overnight.