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Mary Jane from Eau Claire, WI

Mary Jane participated in 2018 Week 5: Pies, and attempted the Hand-Raised Pie: Nadiya Hussain's Recipe Challenge. Let's see how they did!

How do you rate your baking performance?

Absolutely lovely.

Give your pie a name based on the ingredients and decoration.

Middle Eastern Hand-Raised Samosa Pie - This pie used lamb with vegetables and vibrant spices and herbs. The hot water crust had turmeric added to it.

Tell us about your proudest moment — or humble failure — in this week’s baking challenge.

I had never attempted Middle Eastern baking before this week. I wanted to take a picture of a slice of the pie but the crust crumbled and, due to the spices and herbs, the texture of the pie was very dark — almost black. The bottom of the crust was crisp and not soggy. The pie tasted very good but it had a little kick to it due to the red chili flakes. Perhaps people from the Middle East like food that has a kick or tastes spicy. The pie tasted very good!

Describe how you added a Wisconsin twist to your creation.

The lamb and coriander were purchased at the farmer's market. Since I was doing this challenge, Deanna gave me a good piece of lamb to use for my recipe. Other WI products in the pie were an egg, potatoes, onions and peas.