Flaky Sea Salt is a delectable garnish for many dishes. Duck and Cranberry Pies with Flaky Salt are a delicious appetizer or side dish for your New Years Celebration.
For the duck seasoning:
- 2 star anise
- 2 tsp paprika
- 2 tsp coriander seeds
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp Chinese five spice powder
For the pasties:
- 1 lb duck breast meat, trimmed and diced
- 3.5 oz shredded beef or vegetable suet, chilled until very cold
- 1.5 oz cold foie gras, diced (optional)
- 1.6 fl oz goose/duck fat (plus an extra 1.6 fl oz, if needed)
- 2½ tsp duck seasoning
- 2 tsp Pacifc Sea Salt
- 1 tsp Flaky Sea Salt
- Good twist of milled pepper
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries, chopped
- 2 sheets of puff pastry
- 1 egg
- 1 egg yolk
Makes 12–15 pasties
Place all the duck seasoning ingredients in a spice mill or coffee grinder and blitz them to a fine powder. Then pass it through a fine sieve for a smooth finish. Store it in an airtight container until you are ready to go.
Mince together the duck breast meat, suet and foie gras (if using), putting them through the medium dye of a mincing machine. Chop them very finely indeed if you don’t possess a mincer, or pulse them briefly in a food processor. Put the mixture in a bowl.
Over a medium heat, melt the goose or duck fat gently; don’t let it get too hot. Add the melted fat, all the seasonings and dried cranberries to the duck mixture, and work them in well until they are completely mixed together. Pass through the fine dye of a mincing machine twice.
Lightly flour the worktop and roll out the pastry, dividing it into approximately 15 cm squares before brushing lightly with egg wash (made from the egg plus the extra yolk; whisk until loose and set aside any that is left over), covering the pastry. Place a tablespoon-sized ball of duck mixture towards the center of each square, folding the pastry over and creating a triangular shape. Carefully press around the edges to seal the pasty completely. A cutter, using the ‘rolled’ edge, can be lightly pressed around the ball leaving a neat finish. Put the pasties on a non-stick baking sheet and refrigerate to set. Then cut around the ball, leaving a small border.
Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/gas 5. Egg wash the pasties again before baking them for 26–28 minutes until they are a deep golden brown. Halfway through cooking re-brush with egg wash and sprinkle them with a touch of Flaky Sea Salt.