- 50g butter
Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…
- 500g pack leeks, thickly sliced
Like garlic and onion, leeks are a member of the allium family, but have their own distinct…
- 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- 240g bag baby spinach
- 415g can chestnut purée
- 3 large eggs, plus 1 for glazing
The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…
- ½ nutmeg, finely grated
One of the most useful of spices for both sweet and savoury…
- 200g pack vacuum-packed whole cooked chestnuts, halved
'Chestnuts roasting on an open fire...' that kitsch old Nat King Cole song perfectly…
- 85g fresh white breadcrumbs
- 220g pack blue Shropshire cheese, rind trimmed, diced
- 500g pack all-butter puff pastry
For the sauce
Melt the butter in a large frying pan. Add the leeks and garlic, stir well, cover and cook for 10 mins until the leeks are soft, stirring a few times to check that they don’t catch. Tip into a large bowl. Put the spinach in the pan and allow it to wilt. Leave to cool and, when cold, squeeze out as much liquid from it as you possibly can.
Tip the chestnut purée into the bowl with the leeks and add the 3 eggs, the nutmeg, chestnuts, spinach, breadcrumbs, cheese and seasoning, and stir until well mixed. Chill for at least 1 hr until the mixture firms up.
Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the pastry to a rectangle large enough to completely enclose the filling. Carefully lift onto a large, long baking tray that has been lined with baking parchment, then brush round all the edges of the pastry with the remaining egg. Spoon the filling down the centre of the length of the pastry, leaving the ends clear. Tuck the ends over the filling, then firmly lift up the sides to wrap them round, trimming away any excess pastry as you go. Brush with more egg to glaze, then make a few holes in the top so steam can escape as it cooks. Bake for 40 mins until golden and the filling is firm. Remove from the oven, brush with more glaze and bake for 10 mins more.
To make the sauce, heat the stock in a medium pan, add the leeks, boil for 5 mins, then take off the heat and scoop out 2 tbsp of the leeks. Blitz the rest in the pan with the cornflour using a hand blender, then cook, stirring, until thickened. Pour in the cream and reserved leeks and warm through. Can be made 2 days ahead and chilled. Serve the pastry in thick slices with the sauce.