Today we present a dish that is as forceful as it is daring, tasty and surprising. It is brought to us by Eva, author of Bake-Street , who prepares us a Duck Pie (or duck cake) in a black sesame dough that will serve you for so many other cakes.

The duck pie is a cake with a unique flavor, also different since we are not used to eating duck on a daily basis. This recipe has all the characteristics to make it an ideal recipe for family gatherings!

Many times we have to receive friends or family at home and it is difficult for us to decide what to prepare, not to mention that we have to get up early so that the food is ready when they arrive.

And if I tell you, that this wonderful Duck Pie can we leave it prepared the day before, well two if we count the marinade of the meat, and on the big day we will only have to spend a few minutes to decorate it? As you read it, a perfect second course (because as the first I see it powerful), different, tasty, aromatic and very striking.

To present it, this ceramic mold by Emile Henry is perfect, it has a good diameter and enough height, allowing us to make a generous filling. We can also cut the cake, in the same mold and take out the portions without the dough sticking to it. Not to mention how precious it remains to present it.

duck pie in ceramic mold

This Bertinet recipe has been very popular at home, in fact it reminds them a lot of the taste of pâté. If it were the case that we have a little cake left over, we can refrigerate it and consume it over 6-7 days without problems.

Ingredients (for a 28 cm diameter mold, 12 portions)


300 g of wheat flour
150g cold butter
6g sea salt
1 egg L
40 g of very cold water
4 teaspoons of black sesame (11 g approx)


500 g of clean and boneless duck thigh, we will need about 800 g approx. (2 thighs)
500 g lean pork
300g cured pancetta
6 juniper berries
8 Jamaican peppercorns crushed in a mortar
1 teaspoon freshly ground green pepper
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
200 g Port or Sherry
18 unpeeled shallots
olive oil to confit the shallots, about 700 g approx.
2 eggs L
150g light liquid cream
sea ​​salt and freshly ground pepper


4 sheets of neutral gelatin
200 g of homemade chicken broth
100 g Port or Sherry


3 large purple beets
3 slices of pumpkin, 600 g approx.
Lemon thyme sprigs, thyme and fresh rosemary
flake sea salt
virgin olive oil



We prepare the black sesame dough:

In a bowl we incorporate the flour together with the salt and the black sesame, we reserve.

We grate the cold butter to be able to integrate it better. Once it is ready, we add it to the flour mixture and begin to integrate with the fingertips until we obtain a sandy mixture.

Add the egg and mix lightly. Add the very cold water and mix again.

We pass the dough to a work surface and we will finish working the dough by making the fraisage. I explain how to do it.

We support the "heel" of the hand on the dough and slide forward little by little, so that the dough is amalgamated but without obtaining an elastic result. We are not interested in developing the gluten to prevent it from swelling.

Once it is homogeneous, we will form a disc, cover with film and place in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. The ideal is to leave it prepared the day before.

We marinate the meat:

We are going to work with duck legs, so if we trust our poultry chef (and we don't know how to debone very well!) we will ask him to debone both of us and remove the skin. It will advance us work and we will not damage the meat.

Dice the duck meat, the lean pork and the cured bacon. We add in a large bowl and incorporate all the spices, Port or Sherry (of our choice), a little salt and thyme. Mix very well so that all the meat is seasoned, cover with plastic film and put in the refrigerator until the next day.

Confit the shallots:

To confit the shallots we will need a wide saucepan, about 700 g of olive oil and the unpeeled shallots.

Wash the shallots very well with water, to remove dust and possible dirt, and dry. Put them in a large saucepan and cover with olive oil, the amount of oil will depend mainly on the size of the shallots.

candied shallots

Pallarès iron knife with boxwood handle

We place on a very low heat, on an induction plate with values ​​of 1-9 we will put it at 3, lightly cover the saucepan and let it confit very slowly. It will take us around 40-45 minutes.

To know if our shallots are ready, we will only have to prick them with a knife. If it goes in smoothly, they are ready.

Remove from the heat, remove with a slotted spoon and let cool completely in a bowl.

Note : The oil in which we have confitted the shallots, we can reuse it without problems to fry potatoes for example, it will give them a very peculiar flavor.


We prepare the dough:

We must temper the dough a few minutes before preparing to stretch it, so that we will take it out about 30 minutes before working it.

We place two baking papers and the dough between them, in this way it will be very easy for us to stretch the dough without it adhering to the work surface and transfer it to the mold. With the help of a rolling pin, stretch the dough until it exceeds the diameter of the mold by about 4-5 cm.

Remove the top paper, lightly sprinkle the dough with flour, place the mold on the dough trying to center it and turn it over as if it were an omelette. In this way we will place the dough without manipulating it excessively and running the risk of stretching it or sticking to our hands.

Remove the paper and let the dough adjust to the mold. We must not press it to adhere to the mold, just adjust the edges and remove the excess.

We introduce in the cold while we prepare the filling.

We prepare the meat for the stuffing:

We remove the marinated meat from the cold and proceed to grind it in a meat grinder. In case we do not have it at home, we can do two things: when we buy it, have it chopped, in this way we will have it ready, or cut it very finely with a very sharp knife.

Place in a large bowl, reserve.

In a small bowl, mix the cream together with the eggs, beat until the mixture is smooth. Pour over the meat, season with salt and pepper, and mix again.

To know if it is well seasoned, we can taste the mixture directly or cook a small amount in a small pan , wait for it to cool down and then taste it.

Preheat the oven to 180ºC with heat up and down.

While we clean half of the shallots, we reserve the rest to decorate the top.

Remove the outer skin and cut the shallots in half lengthwise. We booked.

Remove the mold from the cold and proceed to fill. We will place a little meat and we will arrange the shallots as we fill the mold. Do not mix the shallots with the meat mixture because when you stir it, the segments will separate and when you cut the cake it will not be as striking. They will be like layers of scattered onions.

Once we have filled the mold, we cover it with a sheet of parchment paper and put it in the oven for 1 and ½ hours or 1 and ¾ hours. We must make sure before removing it that the meat is fully cooked.

When there are 30 minutes left to finish cooking, we will remove the baking paper so that the dough browns.

Remove the pan from the oven and let cool completely. It can be around 2 hours.

We prepare the port jelly:

Fill a small bowl with very cold water and add the gelatin sheets to hydrate them.

In a saucepan add the chicken broth, if it is homemade much better, along with the Port. Place over medium heat and leave until it starts to boil. We remove from the heat.

Remove the gelatin sheets, drain very well and introduce them into the hot mixture. Mix very well with the help of a few rods until they dissolve completely.

Let the mixture cool down a bit before pouring it over the cake.

You will notice that the meat has separated a little from the dough, nothing happens. Let's pour the gelatin over the cake, and that hole will be filled by the gelatin. Put the mold in the refrigerator until the gelatin settles, it will take about 4 hours.

We can leave it until the next day, the flavor will improve a lot thanks to its maturation.


We prepare the top decoration:

Put the whole, unpeeled beets in a saucepan, cover with water and leave over medium heat for about 25 minutes. We must cook them but without them being too tender, when inserting a knife , it should go in but put up a little resistance.

Remove from the heat, remove from the saucepan and let cool on a serving dish.

In another separate saucepan, cook the pumpkin. Cut into thick slices, without removing the shell, cover with water and place over medium heat. It will take less time to be ready, about 18-20 minutes. Be careful not to get too soft.

Remove and let cool on a bowl.

Preheat the oven to 200ºC with heat up and down. Prepare a large baking dish and line it with parchment paper.

Cut the beet in half and from this half we will get 4 segments. Repeat the process with the rest of the beetroot.

We prepare the pumpkin, remove the rind and cut the slice in half. Then we will cut into squares.

Arrange on the oven tray, water with a splash of olive oil (it can be the one we reserve from the shallots), season with salt flakes and arrange some branches of lemon thyme, thyme and rosemary.

We bake around 17-20 minutes. We remove and let cool.

While we clean the rest of the shallots, remove the outer skin and cut in half lengthwise. We booked.

duck pie recipe

Emile Henry ceramic mold and Pallarès kitchen knife with beech handle

We decorate the cake:

Arrange the beet segments, the pumpkin and the candied shallots alternately on the surface. We decorate with some sprigs of thyme and rosemary and we already have our Duck Pie ready to enjoy.

Bon Appetite!


Roda said:

Receta espectacular !
Pero entiendo que este pastel de carne se come frío?

Claudia said:

Tienes razón Jesus, pero con el paso a paso verás qué bien te sale, y el esfuerzo habrá valido la pena :) ¡Saludos!

Jesus said:

Ultramaratoniana receta pero espectacular
Habrá que intentarla con tiempo
Muchas gracias

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