Recipe Apple and Parma Ham Pies with Asiago and Honey

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Serves 4, Preparation time 10 mins, Cooking time 15 – 20 mins

  • Puff pastry sheets, 1
  • Parma ham 120 g
  • Asiago fresh cheese (not the aged one), to taste
  • Apple, 3
  • Chestnuts honey, to taste
  • 1 egg
  • 1 lemon
  • Bread crumbs, a handful
Method

Preheat the oven to 180 C.

Remove the puff pastry from the freezer or fridge at least half an hour before unrolling it and leave it on a work surface.
Beat the egg in a bowl with a bit of water.

Cut Asiago cheese into small pieces, at least 3 pieces of cheese for each cup.
Cut Parma ham into strips.

Remove apples core, slicing the apples thinly – it works better than using the big slices you might put into a regular old pie. After slicing, douse apples with the juice of 1/2 a lemon to avoid them from blakening.

Take a large glass or a pastry cutter and make circles on the puff pastry, they must be 2 for each cup, one the base and the other one will close the pies.

Butter a little each ceramic baking cup, place a disk of puff pastry in each one by pricking it with the prongs of a fork, then start to create the stuffing: sprinkle each disc on the bottom with a pinch of breadcrumbs, then add 4 slices of apple, then Asiago pieces, then raw ham and finally sprinkle with chestnut honey.

Tip: about preparations that require a filling, the puff pastry should always be pricked here and there with the prongs of a fork to prevent it from swelling too much during cooking.
Close with the other discs of puff pastry, prick each one with a fork again so that moisture comes out during cooking, brush with the beaten egg.

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Bake for about 15-20 minutes or until nicely browned.

Allow them to cool at room temperature for at least 5 minutes and then serve.


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