Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F/Gas 6). Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a low heat. Add the onion and a pinch of salt, and sweat gently for about 5 minutes until soft and translucent. Add the leeks, and continue to sweat gently for about 10 minutes until softened. Remove from the heat, stir in the flour, and add a little of the cider. Return to the heat, pour in the remaining cider, and cook for 5–8 minutes until thickened.
Stir through the parsley and cream, and spoon the mixture into the pie dish with the fish. Combine gently, and season well with salt and black pepper.
Roll out the pastry on a floured work surface so that it is about 5cm (2in) larger all around than the top of the pie dish. Cut out a strip of pastry about 2.5cm (1in) in from the edge to make a collar. Wet the edge of the pie dish with a little water; fit the pastry strip all the way around, and press down firmly. Brush the pastry collar with a little of the egg wash, then top with the pastry lid. Trim away the excess, and pinch together the edges to seal. Using a sharp knife, make 2 slits in the top to allow steam to escape.
Brush the top of the pie all over with the egg wash, and bake in the oven for 20–30 minutes until the pastry is puffed and golden. Serve hot.
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 4 leeks, finely sliced
- 1 tsp plain flour
- 150ml cider
- 1 handful fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
- 150ml double cream
- 675g raw white fish, such as haddock or pollack, cut into chunks
- 300g ready-made puff pastry
- 1 egg, lightly beaten, for egg wash
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper
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