Savoury pies with Jarlsberg cheese and ham (Norwegian pierogi)

Every country has something like these little pies – Polish pierogi, Indian samosas, Spanish and Argentinian empanadas – and this is Norway's version, made with Jarlsberg cheese and caraway seeds for that special Norwegian flavour. We give these dix points! If you're a lazybones you could use puff pastry, but you'll end up with something that's more like a fried pasty. Try these as a great little starter or beer blotter.

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For the dough

  • 150ml/5fl oz lukewarm water
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 7g/¼oz sachet fast-action dried yeast
  • 450g/1lb plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 170ml/6fl oz milk
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 35g/1¼oz butter, melted
  • 1 free-range egg
  • 1 tbsp oil, for greasing the tray
  • 1 egg, beaten, for glazing and sealing

For the filling