Raised pies are made with hot water crust pastry. It would probably be easier for you to Google this than me try to explain as there are many variations. Game pie, pork pie,chicken and ham etc.. It is not difficult, just different from other pastry in that you need to work it quickly and mold it into a cake tin or pie mold. They stand about 4-5" tall, hence 'raised'. Make them your friends as they are wonderful at any time of year as you can make them in advance as you cut them cold. in slices.They will happily keep a week in the fridge and you can freeze them if necessary. Great for picnics, family gatherings, Christmas buffets, parties............fantastic. In fact a friend of mine has made one for tonight for a social gathering that we are going to. A game pie with venison, chicken and ham. They are quite big and an average one would serve 10-14 people easily.
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