Torta tal-laħam (Maltese style meat pie)

Olive oil pastry:  Mix 500g plain flour with 1 tbs bicarbonate of soda, 7 tbs olive oil, 2 beaten eggs;  rest for one hour in the fridge.

Filling:  Brown one chopped onion, 3 cloves garlic, 4 chopped lean bacon (best use back bacon), 500g lean mixed beef and pork mince;add 1 tbs mixed spice; add 5 chopped fresh tomatoes,3 chopped carrots, a handful of frozen peas, 4 cubed potatoes, 3 tbs kunserva, 1 glass wine, 1 stock cube in some hot water, one bay leaf.  Simmer till sauce thickens.  Cool and add one beaten egg.  Assemble the pie and brush with beaten egg; sprinkle some sesame seeds.

Bake the assembled pie in a preheated oven on 170 fan oven for about 45 minutes or till golden brown.


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