Valentine’s Special: Spiced Wine – Strawberry Skillet Pie for 2

Spiced wine – Strawberry Skillet Pie for 2 in our case 2 and a half! well of course he did not eat the filling! but he thoroughly enjoyed pulling out those flakey pastry hearts and munching on them!

I always have these sauces/ filling left in the fridge from the earlier bakes! I found this spiced wine syrup lingering in there for a few days now! What better way to pair spiced red wine sauce than with strawberry!

Ingredients:

Spiced Wine Syrup:

  • Red Wine – 125ml
  • Water – 125ml
  • Sugar – 100gm
  • Cinnamon – 1 stick
  • Star Anise – 2-3
  • Cloves – 2-3

Rye Pastry Crust: (makes one 6 inch skillet size)

  • All purpose flour – 100gm
  • Rye flour – 50gm
  • Sugar – 2 tablespoons
  • Butter (chilled and cubed) – 100gm
  • Egg yolk – 1
  • Apple Cider Vinegar – 1 tablespoon
  • Cold Water – 1 tablespoon
  • Salt – pinch
  • Egg wash: 1 egg + 1 tablespoon of sugar.

Strawberry Wine Filling:

  • Strawberries (cleaned and chopped) – 200gm
  • Spiced wine syrup – 2-3 tablespoons
  • Sugar – 2 tablespoons
  • Cornflour – 1 teaspoon

Method

Spiced Wine Syrup:

  • In a heavy bottomed sauce pan, add all the ingredients and cook it on simmer. Cook for 15- 20 minutes. Until it becomes half or less and thick and syrupy.

Rye Pastry Crust: (makes one 6 inch skillet size):

  • In a small bowl, add the flour, rye flour, sugar and salt. Mix thoroughly.
  • Add the chilled and cubed butter. Rub the butter into the flour mixture with the tip of your fingers, until it resembles wet sand.
  • Make a well in the middle and add the egg yolk, apple cider vinegar. Mix it all together. (the dough starts to get slightly more wet)
  • Sprinkle the water and mix thoroughly, until you can make a ball of dough wit it.
  • Divide the dough into two and wrap it with cling wrap and Chill for 15 minutes.

Strawberry Wine Filling

  • In a bowl, add the chopped strawberries, cornflour, sugar and 2-3 tablespoons (or more) of the spiced wine syrup.
  • Chill it in the refrigerator until you bake.

Assembling the Pie:

  • After chilling the pie dough, roll out one of them on a well floured surface.
  • Roll it out into a size bigger than the skillet.
  • Place it in the skillet, chill until you roll the other part.
  • Roll out the second ball of dough and using a small heart shaped cookie cutter, cut out hearts.
  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius.
  • Take the chilled skillet out, add the filling and cover the skillet with heart cut out dough.
  • Crimp the edges of the dough on the skillet.
  • Give a coat egg wash on the pie using the whisked egg and attach the left over heart cut outs on the edges to give it a border.
  • Give a second coat of egg wash and sprinkle sugar all over to give a nice crunch and the browning!!
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Enjoy with a dollop of cream and sprinkle of the wine sauce!

Happy Valentine’s day you guys!

Happy Baking

xx

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