Nigerian Meat Pie Frequently asked Questions

Nigerian Meat Pie recipe is a very easy one to follow , but when done wrong, it can be really disheartening for the baker. So here are some FAQ's that can help you, if anything goes wrong.
 And Here' the Nigerian Meat Pie recipe if you don't have it already 
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 Question 1: My Nigerian Meat Pie always comes out dry , crusty and very cracked, what did I do wrong?
   Answer 1a : There could be so many reasons why your Nigerian Meat pie came out dry.
 -It could be that you did not make use of enough margarine as stated in the recipe.The amount of margarine used should be equivalent in ratio to that of plain flour you are using(that is 2:1).
-If you use 500 grams of plain flour, your margarine should be 250 grams
-If you use less, like 250 grams of plain flour, your margarine should be 125 grams and the same goes for higher quantities too.
-If you make use of 1000 grams(1kg) of plain flour, then your margarine should be 500 grams.

1b-Another common cause of a hard Meat Pie is heat. While making Nigerian Meat Pie, it is advisable to put the oven temperature between 170ºC to 200 ºC(335F to 400F)
  And also check the meat pies from time time. This is because the heating capacity of various ovens differ and by checking it you would know when  the meat pies begin to harden and brown. Make sure you take them out of the oven the moment it is ready and leave to cool outside not in the oven.


Question 2:  Is it necessary to add  the flour you mixed in the  cup?
Answer 2: The flour mixed in the cup, helps to bind the filling together and keeps it moist while baking, but you can omit it if you want to.

Question 3: Can I make use of whole milk in place of water when making Nigerian Meat pie crust or pastry?
Answer 3: Yes you can, because whole milk is made up of about 85% water.So feel free to use whole milk in your Nigerian meat pie pastry.

Question 4 : What is the best temperature for baking meat pie?
Answer 4:  I always recommend oven temperature between 170ºC to 200 ºC(335F to 400F), but note that the heating capacity of various ovens differ, so check your meat pies from time to time. 

Question 5 : My Nigerian meat pie isn't dry, but it used to burst open when it is ready. Why is that?
 Answer 5: This might be due to 2 reasons
First : It could be that you rolled out the dough too thin before adding the filling. A thin dough will tighten as you bake and then crack open.
 Another reason is adding too much filling to the Meat pie dough. 

Hope these tips were helpful.
Here’s the Nigerian Meat Pie Recipe 
And below is a detailed video showing you step by step, how to make Nigerian Meat pie…Enjoy!


                      

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61 comments:

  1. THanks for the questions and answers. I used to do it all wrong,but I realized I wasn't using the right amount of margarine. Thank you Nky.

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  2. trying to master meat pies4:56:00 PM

    The first time I made the dough it was perfect. Yesterday the dough would not form a stiff ball, even though I added more flour.

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    1. If you got it right the first time, then I think you should try again by following the recipe just as it is dear.. I promise you wont go wrong :)

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  3. Anonymous12:52:00 PM

    I am cobfused you say the amount of margerine should be equivalent to the amount of plain flour, yet you put 200g for 500g of flour in the recipe.....

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    1. Sorry to confuse you dear, I mean't Equivalent in ratio.. that is 2:1
      *If you use 500 grams of plain flour, your margarine should be 250 grams
      -If you use less, like 250 grams of plain flour, your margarine should be 125 grams and the same goes for higher quantities too.
      -If you make use of 1000 grams(1kg) of plain flour, then your margarine should be 500 grams.

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  4. Anonymous8:54:00 PM

    Can you add eggs to the flour while making your dough?
    Thanks. Agi

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    1. I don't add eggs to the meat pie dough, but if you want to add eggs, cream it with the margarine or mix it in some water to make it like egg wash before mixing it into the flour. You might need to use less water and add more flour because the dough will be quite light.

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  5. Anonymous11:21:00 PM

    Thank you 4 this faq, you are a great woman,,thanks

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    1. aww thanks ,You're welcome :)

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    2. Anonymous3:45:00 PM

      Tnx 4ur recipe nky.pls I wld like 2knw approximately how many pieces of meatpies can I get frm 1kg minced meat,1kg flour&500g margarine. I'm trying to make 50pcs meatpie,but dnt knw wat measurment 2use. Tnx

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    3. Hi dear, sorry for the late response. It depends on the circular cutter you are using to cut the flattened dough. I made about 20 pieces with that quantity.

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  6. Pls can i use fresh meat and pieces it?

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    1. Yes dear, that is the same thing as minced meat

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  7. Anonymous5:17:00 AM

    Abeg am looking for euipment to ease production. A stretcher could ease my work of if there is an equipment that can do most of the work, I don't mind. Thanks

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    1. Check the appliance store dear, they'll be of more help.

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  8. Anonymous5:53:00 PM

    Pls I wld like 2 knw the exact meaurement 2 use in making 60meatpies using a 5inch diameter cutter, thanks a lot

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    1. For 60 meat pies, Double the quantity on my meat pie recipe.

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  9. Anonymous6:50:00 PM

    pls wot can i do to stop my meatpie from getting burnt underneath while baking and pls i want to knw the best temperature for baking meatpie with electric oven cos dats wot am using and am not hapi with the way the meatpie looks after baking

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    1. For electric oven use 150ºC, but place the meat pies in the tray that is farther from the heating ring, so that the bottom won't get burnt.

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  10. Anonymous8:14:00 PM

    tanx for the advise..i will make the corrections cos i usually put it at 200c while baking the meatpie and also put the tray almost close to the ring i thot all dis will make the meatpie bake fast i never knew i was doing more harm than good. If i apply the measures u gave me now it means the meatpie will last up to an hour before its properly baked.

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    1. Yes dear, it will take that long due to the type of oven you're using, but patience pays :)

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  11. Anonymous8:20:00 AM

    Pls if am using my electric oven to bake cake where do i put my cake pan? Is it on the tray or the iron ring dat is lyk shelf? Pls i need ur urgent response.

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    1. On the iron ring(rack) dear. But take out the tray from the oven and replace it after baking.

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  12. Anonymous6:07:00 PM

    Cant i put two pans at the same tym..i.e one on the ring and the other on the tray..isnt it possible pls explain. Tanx

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    1. Yes you can, but the one on the ring tends to bake faster than the other, but both will also come out well.

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  13. Anonymous2:40:00 AM

    Am allergic to margarine or butter, can I replace it with vegetable oil

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    1. The dough won't be as tasty but it would come out fine.

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  14. Anonymous11:21:00 PM

    Thanx so much Nky, i have gotten my points from your answers to other people.

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  15. Anonymous12:33:00 PM

    Y is the meatpie bitter.

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    1. You used too much baking powder.

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  16. Anonymous2:06:00 AM

    Thanks so much for this! I am trying to learn to cook many Nigerian dishes because I absolutely love them (and the bf is Igbo). Would it be possible to use a pre-made pie crust for the dough?

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    1. Welcome dearie and yes you can make use of a pre-made pie crust for the dough, but next time try to make the dough from scratch, you'll be glad you did.

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  17. Can I use pre--made pie crust such as Pillsbury?

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    1. Yes you can make use of a pre-made pie crust for the dough, but next time try to make the dough from scratch, you'll be glad you did.

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  18. I'm always afraid to make the dough from scratch. It looks too easy to be true, haha. I will take your advice and try. if it doesn't turn out well I will have the pre-made dough as a backup. thanks again!

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    1. I'm sure you will do great, I'll be expecting your feedback.

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  19. Anonymous3:24:00 PM

    Please, I want to know how cold the water will be. From the fridge or tap.

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  20. Anonymous12:52:00 PM

    Pls why does my meat pie come out stiff and heavy when cold though I followed d measurements

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  21. Can butter be used to substitute margarine? Can the butter be melted before adding it the flour, or is getting it to room temperature ideal?

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  22. Can butter be substituted for margarine?

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  23. Can butter be used to substitute margarine? Can the butter be melted before adding it the flour, or is getting it to room temperature ideal?

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  24. Hello
    Please I want to bake 200 pieces of meat pie and I want to know the quantity of ingredients that I will use.

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  25. Hello
    Please I want to bake 200 pieces of meat pie and I want to know the quantity of ingredients that I will use.

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    1. Hi Sofia, our meatpie recipes uses 500gr and makes about 15 meat pies if you're using a small cutter, but makes less if making use of a wider cutter to cut the rolled dough.
      5kg will make about 150 pieces more or less, so multiply the other ingredients by 10.

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    2. Hi thanks, thats exactly wat i wanted to ask, please can u give an example on how to multiply the other ingredients by 10?

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    3. Hi Eirene, for example I used 250gr margarine for 500gr flour, so for 5kg(5000gr) of flour, you'll need 250g*10=2500gr(2.5kg) of margarine.
      Hope I explained well :)

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  26. Hi, Please what do u mean that multiply other ingredients by 10, can you explain more.

    Thank you

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    1. The Answer is right above yours.

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  27. Weldone Dearie pls after making the pie if I cant bake can I save it in the freezer for later? But when am ready to bake and its now frozen what do I do.? Waiting eagerly thanks Dear

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    1. Thanks Ify, you can freeze it and bake whenever you can and you don't need to thaw or defrost before baking, simply transfer to the preheated oven and bake until done.

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  28. Good morning ma, pls tell me the quantity of materials needed in producing 100 pieces of meat pie, Pls I have my choir concert programme coming up by Saturday and it's meat pie snacks. pls help me

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  29. Anonymous12:11:00 PM

    Really love your blog, learnt a lot. Thanks Nky

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  30. Anonymous11:42:00 AM

    Thank you Lily, your question and answer blog has really given me understanding on how to bake meatpie. I like people who are ever ready to share freely. Please keep it up, I love you!

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  31. Pls how can i use pot in baking meat pie

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    1. See here http://www.nigerianfoodtv.com/2015/03/how-to-bake-cake-without-oven-and-on.html

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