Bloody Bone Pie

Bloody Bone Pie

I am a big fan of Halloween and I had the idea for this Bloody Bone Pie months ago, I’m so excited to finally share it with you! It has a pastry base – but don’t let that scare you! If you don’t want to make your own pastry you can use shop bought or change it into a biscuit base, I’ve included full instructions in the recipe notes. It’s filled with sweet strawberry jam and creamy vanilla no bake cheesecake. The blood splatters are coloured white chocolate and the bones are meringue – for that extra crunch! I think it’s the perfect mix of pretty and creepy!

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To make the pastry I rubbed the butter, icing sugar and flour together with my hands. I added the milk and bought it into a dough. Then wrapped it in cling film and chilled it in the fridge for 30 minutes.

  

I rolled the pastry out, big enough to fit my tin. It’s handy to roll it out onto cling film as it makes it very easy to pick up and transfer to the tin. I lined the tin with pastry and pricked the bottom with a fork.

  

Then I lined the pastry with baking paper and baking beans and baked it for 15 minutes until it was cooked through.

I took the baking paper and baking beans out, and baked the pastry again for another 10 minutes until it was golden brown. Then I left it to cool fully.

I filled the pastry case with a thin layer of strawberry jam. Then I made the cheesecake mixture by whisking the cream cheese, icing sugar and vanilla together until smooth. Then I added the double cream and whisked again until the mixture was thick and held it’s shape. I filled the pastry case and smoothed it over.

  

To make the meringue I whisked the egg white and cream of tartar together with an electric whisk until stiff peaks formed. Then I added the caster sugar, whilst whisking continuously. Once all the sugar was added I whisked for 5 minutes until the meringue was thick and glossy.

I piped out bone shapes onto a lined baking tray using a piping bag fitted with a circular nozzle. They baked for 1 hour, then I left them to cool.

Bloody Bone Pie

To decorate the pie I melted the white chocolate, then added the vegetable oil and red food colouring. I flicked and splattered it over the top of the pie using a fork. Then I added the meringue bones on top.

Bloody Bone Pie

The Bloody Bone Pie was so yummy! All the elements come together so well, and it’s kind of like an eton mess with the strawberry, cheesecake, pastry and meringue all combined.

 

I’m linking this recipe up with Cook Blog Share hosted by Everyday Healthy Recipes, Baking Crumbs hosted by Jo’s Kitchen Larder, and Fiesta Fridays.

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Bloody Bone Pie

Ingredients

For the pastry

  • 200 g Plain flour
  • 100 g Butter or baking spread
  • 1 tbsp Caster sugar
  • 45 ml Milk or cold water will work too

For the filling

  • 500 g Full fat cream cheese
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 200 ml Double cream
  • 80 g Icing sugar
  • 6 tbsp Strawberry jam

For the 'blood' splatters

  • 40 g White chocolate
  • 1 tsp Vegetable oil
  • Red food colouring

For the meringue bones

  • 1 Egg white
  • Caster sugar double the weight of your egg white to get the amount
  • 1/4 tsp Cream of tartar
  • 1/4 tsp Vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 200C/180C Fan/350F/Gas Mark 5

  2. To make the pastry put the plain flour and caster sugar into a bowl and stir together, then add the butter and rub the mixture together with your fingers until it resembles breadcrumbs

  3. Add the milk or water and bring it together into a dough. Wrap it in cling film and chill for 30 minutes

  4. Roll out the pastry (you can roll it out onto cling film to make it easier to lift up) and line a 9 inch tart tin. Use a fork to prick the bottom of the pastry

  5. Scrunch up some baking paper and line the pastry, then add baking beans. Bake it for 15 minutes

  6. Take the pastry out of the oven and remove the baking beans and paper. Trim the edges for a neater finish if needed

  7. Bake the pastry again for 10 minutes on the same temperature, or until golden brown all over and cooked through. Leave to cool fully

  8. Turn the oven down to 90C/200F (it’s hard to convert this exactly into Gas Mark as it’s less than a half)

  9. To make the meringues first find out the weight of sugar to use, weigh your egg whites, then double the sugar weight

  10. Whip up the egg whites with the cream of tartar with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form

  11. Continue to whisk the egg whites with an electric hand mixer and add the sugar a spoonful at a time. When it is all mixed in, keep mixing for 5 minutes until you can rub the meringue between your fingers and cannot feel any grains

  12. Put the meringue into a piping bag fitted with a circular nozzle and pipe it out onto lined baking trays in bone shapes

  13. Bake the meringues for 1 hour, then cool fully

  14. Fill the pastry case with a thin layer of strawberry jam

  15. For the cheesecake filling use a food mixer with a whisk attachment or an electric hand whisk to mix together the cream cheese, icing sugar and vanilla extract

  16. Once it is smooth with no lumps, add the double cream and whisk until it is very thick and holds it's shape

  17. Fill the pastry case with the cheesecake mixture and smooth it over. Put it in the fridge to set for 3-4 hours

  18. Melt the white chocolate, then add the vegetable oil and red food colouring. Flick and splatter it over the top of the pie using a fork

  19. Add the meringue bones on top

  20. Serve immediately, store any leftovers in the fridge and eat within 2 days

Recipe Notes

If you want to give the pie a biscuit base instead, use a food processor or a rolling pin to bash up 350g digestive biscuits. Mix in 150g melted butter then line the tin all around the bottom and sides with the mixture, bake for 10 minutes on 160C Fan/180C/350F/Gas Mark 4. Leave to cool fully before adding the filling.

You can use any other jam besides strawberry but I recommend a red one for the 'blood' effect!

The meringue mixture may make a few more bones extra than you need to decorate the pie, but you can serve each slice with one.

You can find more of my Pastry recipes by clicking here! Or for more Halloween recipes click here!

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Vegan Pineapple Meringue Pie

Vegan Pineapple Meringue Pie

I originally wanted to call this recipe a Pina Colada Meringue Pie, as the filling is made with pineapple juice and coconut milk, but sadly there’s no rum so I’ve gone with Vegan Pineapple Meringue Pie instead! This was my first time making vegan pastry, vegan curd and vegan meringue – and thankfully it all came out so well. The pastry is crisp and flaky, the curd is firm and tropical, and the meringue is pillowy and light like a cloud. I was beyond impressed with the results from using chickpea water (also know as aquafaba) to make a vegan meringue! You could easily make this into a lemon meringue pie too by using lemon juice instead of pineapple, I haven’t tried it myself yet but I’ll let you know when I do!

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To make the pastry I used my food processor to whizz the dairy free butter, sugar and flour together, then I added water until it came together into a dough.

I wrapped the dough in cling film and chilled it for about an hour. It was a really hot day when I made this, so if it’s cooler, 30 minutes will suffice. I rolled the pastry out onto cling film, then lifted it up and lined the tin, trimming off the edges.

 

Using baking paper that I had scrunched up first, I lined the pastry and poured in baking beans. I pricked the bottom of the pastry with a fork too.

It blind baked for around 15 minutes, then I removed the baking paper and baking beans and baked it for around 12 minutes until it was fully baked and not raw on the bottom at all. I left it to cool.

For the pineapple curd I put the pineapple juice, sugar, cornflour, almond milk and coconut milk into a pan and warmed it on a low heat until the sugar dissolved. Then I brought it up to a simmer and kept stirring, after a few minutes it thickened into a curd. I added a little turmeric to make it more yellow in colour, then I put it into a bowl and let it cool down for 10 minutes.

I poured the curd into the pastry base, smoothed it out, then put it in the fridge to set.

Vegan Pineapple Meringue Pie

For the meringue I started by whisking up the chickpea water in my stand mixer with the xanthan gum. To make the sugar syrup I put caster sugar and water in a pan and let it come to the boil with the lid on. If I noticed any sugar around the edges of the pan I brushed them away with a wet pastry brush. Once the chickpea water was at a stiff peak stage I kept the mixer running whilst pouring the sugar syrup in, I kept the mixture running for another 5 minutes until the meringue was thick and glossy.

Vegan Pineapple Meringue Pie

I decided to pipe it onto the pie over the curd, leaving a little curd showing around the edge. Of course you can heap it all on with a spoon too. Then I got out my kitchen blowtorch and browned the meringue all over.

Vegan Pineapple Meringue Pie

I took the Vegan Pineapple Meringue Pie into work and didn’t mention to anyone that it was vegan. I got so many compliments on how light and yummy the meringue was! Also the curd set way better than any non-vegan curd I’ve ever made, and you don’t even have to bake it. My brother and boyfriend were also big fans of the Vegan Pineapple Meringue Pie. I’m so happy with how it turned out, and I want to make a lemon version soon too.

 

I’m linking this Vegan Pineapple Meringue Pie recipe up with Recipe of the Week hosted by A Mummy Too, Cook Blog Share hosted by Easy Peasy Foodie, and Fiesta Fridays hosted by Zoale and Life Diet Heath.

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Vegan Pineapple Meringue Pie

Servings 12

Ingredients

For the pastry

  • 230 g Plain flour
  • 1 tbsp Caster sugar
  • 100 g Dairy free butter
  • 1-2 tbsp Water

For the pineapple curd

  • 325 ml Pineapple juice
  • 400 ml Coconut milk
  • 200 g Caster sugar
  • 80 g Cornflour
  • 50 ml Almond milk or other dairy free milk
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric

For the meringue

  • 200 g Caster sugar
  • 55 ml Water
  • Water from 400g can of chickpeas
  • 1/2 tsp Xanthan Gum or Cream of Tartar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla

Instructions

  1. To make the pastry use a food processor to whizz the dairy free butter, sugar and flour together. Or you can do this by hand in a bowl by rubbing the butter into the plain flour and caster sugar until it resembles bread crumbs

  2. Add the water and pulse the food processor until it comes together into a dough. You may not need all the water so add it slowly. Again if you're doing this by hand, pour the water into the bowl slowly and mix with a spoon until it comes together into a dough

  3. Wrap the dough in cling film and chill it in the fridge for 30 minutes, or up to an hour if it's a hot day

  4. Pre-heat your oven to 180C Fan/200C/400F/Gas Mark 6

  5. Roll the pastry out onto cling film, then lift it up and line the 9" loose bottom pie tin, trimming off the edges

  6. Prick the bottom of the pastry with a fork. Then using baking paper (scrunch it up first for a better fit) line the pastry and pour in baking beans

  7. Blind bake the pastry for 15 minutes, then remove the baking paper and baking beans and bake it for 12-15 minutes until fully baked and not raw on the bottom at all. Leave to cool

  8. For the pineapple curd, put the pineapple juice, sugar, cornflour, almond milk and coconut milk into a pan and warm it on a low heat until the sugar dissolves

  9. Bring it up to a simmer and keep stirring, eventually it will thicken into a curd. Add the turmeric and stir it in. Put the curd into a bowl and let it cool down for 10 minutes

  10. Pour the curd into the pastry base, smooth it out, then put it in the fridge to set

  11. For the meringue start by whisking up the chickpea water in a stand mixer with the xanthan gum or cream of tartar

  12. To make the sugar syrup put caster sugar and water in a pan and let it come to the boil with the lid on. If you notice any sugar crystallising around the edges of the pan, brush them away with a wet pastry brush. Use a candy thermometer to check the temperature and when it reaches 115C/240°F it's ready

  13. Once the chickpea water is at a stiff peak stage, keep the mixer running whilst pouring the sugar syrup in, make sure it doesn't hit the side of the bowl. Keep the mixture running for another 5 minutes until the meringue is thick and glossy

  14. Pipe or spread the meringue over the curd

  15. Use a kitchen blowtorch to brown the meringue all over

  16. Serve immediately and store leftovers in the fridge for 2 days

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Asparagus, Pea & Mint Ricotta Tart

Asparagus, Pea & Mint Ricotta Tart

I really love puff pastry sheets, they’re so versatile and incredibly handy for rustling up a quick and tasty weeknight meal. My Butternut Squash, Leek & Stilton Tart is still a favourite in our house, but it has had to make way for this Asparagus, Pea & Mint Ricotta Tart now that the temperatures outside are rising! The asparagus looks so lovely and elegant arranged on top of this tart, and who can resist golden pastry?! So if you’re looking for a quick summer meal that’s fresh and tasty, plus vegetarian friendly too, then you’re in the right place.

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To start I mixed the ricotta, egg, parmesan, thyme and lemon together until smooth.

I spread it over the puff pastry sheet, leaving a 1 cm border around the edge.

Then I arrange the asparagus neatly on top, and sprinkled over some frozen peas.

I baked the tart for around 20-25 minutes, until the pastry was golden and risen. I chopped up some mint and sprinkled it over the top.

Asparagus, Pea & Mint Ricotta Tart

You can serve the Asparagus, Pea & Mint Ricotta Tart immediately if you want to eat it warm, or let it cool then store in the fridge and serve cold at another time. It’s great for making one night, then it’s an easy dinner the next night as it’s already prepared!

Asparagus, Pea & Mint Ricotta Tart

This is such a yummy and fresh meal to enjoy over summer, and it’s so quick and simple to make too. Even my boyfriend, who doesn’t like asparagus, ate up a couple of slices! And my mum has already made the recipe herself at home too.

 

I’m linking this recipe up with Recipe of the Week hosted by A Mummy Too, Cook Blog Share hosted by Apply To Face, and Fiesta Fridays hosted by Of Goats And Greens.

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Asparagus, Pea & Mint Ricotta Tart

Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 1 Puff Pastry sheet
  • 250 g Ricotta
  • 1 Egg large
  • 25 g Vegetarian friendly parmesan
  • 1 tsp Dried thyme
  • 1/2 tbsp Lemon juice
  • 175 g Asparagus
  • 25 g Frozen 'petit pois' peas
  • 5 leaves Fresh mint chopped
  • A little milk for glazing
  • Olive oil for drizzling

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 180C Fan/200C/400F/Gas Mark 6. Take the pastry out of the fridge, un-package it but don't unroll it yet as it will need to come to room temperature before being rolled out otherwise it can crack

  2. Mix the ricotta, egg, parmesan, thyme and lemon together until they form a smooth paste

  3. Roll the pastry out onto a baking tray, if it doesn't come with baking paper make sure the tray is lined with it

  4. Spread the ricotta mixture over the puff pastry sheet, leaving a 1 cm border around the edge

  5. Arrange the asparagus neatly on top, trimming the ends if needed, and sprinkle over some frozen peas. Drizzle a little olive oil over the asparagus


  6. Use a pastry brush dipped in milk to glaze the 1cm border

  7. Bake the tart for around 20-25 minutes, until the pastry is golden and risen

  8. Chop up the mint leaves and sprinkle them over the tart

  9. Serve hot, or allow to cool to room temperature, then refrigerate for up to 2 days. You can re-heat the tart or serve it cold

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Chestnut, Sage & Parmesan Palmiers

Chestnut, Sage & Parmesan Palmiers

It’s my first Christmas being fully vegetarian and a recent shopping trip taught me that vegetarian party food is not that easy to find. After wading through the meat and fish options, you’re pretty much left with only mozzarella sticks and vegetable spring rolls. If you want something a bit more interesting, but also super easy to make, these Chestnut, Sage & Parmesan Palmiers are a perfect canape option. Using ready made pastry and pre-prepared chestnut make this a quick and simple snack to prepare. They’re extremely moreish and I can assure you that meat eaters will love them too, plus they look really pretty!

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To make the filling I mashed together the chestnut puree, sage, parmesan and salt.

I rolled out the pastry and spread the filling evenly all over it.

Then I rolled the pastry up from either side until it met in the middle.

I wrapped it up tightly and put it in the freezer for 15 minutes.

I sliced it up and laid the pieces out onto a baking tray.

Chestnut, Sage & Parmesan Palmiers

They baked for 15 minutes until they were golden.

Chestnut, Sage & Parmesan Palmiers

The Chestnut, Sage & Parmesan Palmiers were absolutely yummy, the cheesy flavour and fragrant sage really come through and make you want more and more of these crispy treats!

   

I’m linking this recipe up with Recipe of the Week hosted by A Mummy Too, Cook Blog Share hosted by Hijakced By Twins, Bake of the Week hosted by Mummy Mishaps, Simple & In Season hosted by Feeding Boys & A Firefighter, and Fiesta Friday hosted by Cooking With Aunt JuJu and Life Diet Health.

 

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Chestnut, Sage & Parmesan Palmiers

Servings 18

Ingredients

  • 320 g Puff Pastry Sheet
  • 200 g Chestnut Puree
  • 50 g Parmesan
  • 2 tsp Dried sage
  • 1/2 tsp Salt

Instructions

  1. Take the pastry out of the fridge, remove it from the packaging and leave it to come to room temperature for 15 minutes

  2. To make the filling, mash together the chestnut puree, sage, parmesan and salt

  3. Roll out the pastry and spread the filling evenly all over it

  4. Roll the pastry up from either longest side until it meets in the middle

  5. Wrap it up tightly in baking paper and put it in the freezer for 15 minutes, meanwhile pre-heat your oven to 180C Fan/200C/375F/Gas Mark 6

  6. Take the pastry out of the freezer and slice it into pieces about 1cm thick, lay the pieces onto baking paper lined baking trays

  7. Bake them for 15 minutes until they are golden

  8. Serve warm. They can be eaten cold but the pastry won't be as crispy. They can be re-heated on the same temperature for 5 minutes

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Cheese, Marmite & Potato Pasties

Cheese, Marmite & Potato Pasties

When it comes to Marmite, I am a certified ‘lover’! I’m pretty sure I’ve loved it from birth as I can’t remember a time when I didn’t enjoy this salty spread. I once even took a jar on holiday with me as I was worried it wouldn’t be available abroad! With the nights drawing in and the air getting distinctly colder I’m craving hot, carb heavy food this month. These cheese, marmite & potato pasties certainly fit the bill. They are packed with comforting potato, sweet onion, tasty cheese and of course salty Marmite. All wrapped together in a crispy pastry shell! I’ve used homemade pastry, which is easy and quick to make, but of course you can use shop bought to save time. (And if you happen to be a ‘hater’ then you can leave out the Marmite too…!)

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To make the pastry I rubbed the butter into the flour, then added the eggs and mixed it together until a dough formed. I wrapped it in cling film and chilled it for 30 minutes.

To make the filling I chopped up the onion and fried it for 5 minutes in a pan with some oil until it was soft. I diced up the potato into cubes no bigger than 1cm, then added them to the onion.

I poured in the grated cheese and the Marmite, and mixed everything together until the cheese and Marmite coated the vegetables. Then I took the mixture off the heat and left it to cool.

Using a rolling pin, I rolled out the pastry onto a mat dusted with flour, and I used an 8″ side plate to cut out rounds.

I spooned a generous amount of filling onto half of the circle, brushed the edge with beaten egg, then folded it over and crimped the edges with a fork. Using a silicone pastry brush, I brushed beaten egg all over the whole pasty, and cut two slits in the middle with a sharp knife.

I baked them on 180C Fan/200C/400F/Gas Mark 6 for 25 minutes until the pastry was golden all over.

Cheese, Marmite & Potato Pasties

Wow, I absolutely loved these cheese, marmite & potato pasties, I have to admit, I ate more than my fair share! I just can’t resist cracking through the crispy golden pastry to get to that savoury filling. Personally, I would add more Marmite, so if you like it strong like I do, whack a bit more in there!

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If you liked these cheese, marmite & potato pasties, try some of my other yummy Marmite recipes!

 

I’m linking this recipe up with Recipe of the Week hosted by A Mummy Too, Cook Blog Share hosted by Hijacked By Twins, Cook Once Eat Twice hosted by Searching For Spice, and Fiesta Fridays hosted by Cooking with Aunt Juju and Spades, Spatulas & Spoons.

 

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Cheese, Marmite & Potato Pasties

This recipe make four large pasties, if you cut the rounds smaller you'll get more pasties but they'll be smaller. Or double the recipe for 8 large pasties!

Servings 4

Ingredients

For the pastry

  • 350 g Plain flour plus extra for dusting
  • 170 g Butter or baking spread
  • 2 Eggs large
  • 1 Beaten egg for glazing

For the filling

  • 2 Medium white potatoes diced into cubes no bigger than 1cm
  • 1 White onion chopped
  • 1 tsp Vegetable oil for frying
  • 120 g Mature cheddar grated
  • 1 heaped tbsp Marmite

Instructions

  1. To make the pastry rub the butter into the flour in a large mixing bowl until it resembles breadcrumbs

  2. Add the eggs and mix it together until a dough forms. Wrap the ball of pastry in cling film and chill it in the fridge for 30 minutes

  3. Pre-heat your oven to 180C Fan/200C/400F/Gas Mark 6

  4. To make the filling, fry the chopped onion in the vegetable oil for 5 minutes in a pan

  5. Add the potato, Marmite and cheese, and stir everything together until it's all coated with the Marmite, take the mixture off the heat and leave it to cool

  6. Roll out the pastry onto a mat or work surface dusted with flour, for large pasties use an 8" side plate or cookie cutter to cut out rounds

  7. Spoon a generous amount of filling onto half of the circle, brush the edges with the beaten egg, then fold it over and crimp the edges with a fork

  8. Place the pasty onto a lined baking tray and brush more beaten egg all over the whole pasty, then cut two small slits in the middle with a sharp knife

  9. Bake them for 25 minutes or until the pastry is golden all over, you can lift them up gently to check the pastry underneath is cooked through

  10. Serve hot, or allow to cool and re-heat

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Butternut Squash, Leek & Stilton Tart

Butternut Squash, Leek & Stilton Tart

I’m a huge fan of an easy and tasty meal that can be rustled up quickly after a long day at work. This butternut squash, leek and stilton tart is a healthy and delicious option for a weeknight meal. I’ve used ready made pastry and frozen pre-prepared butternut squash to make this tart even more simple to put together. You can also be safe in the knowledge that you’re feeding your family a nutritious meal. Both leeks and butternut squash are great sources of vitamins and minerals.  I like to serve this savoury tart with salad and potato wedges, but there are lots of other options too such as extra veggies or sweet potato fries. It’s a great way to use up leftover stilton! If you’re not a stilton fan you can use regular mature cheddar, or any cheese that melts well.

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I started by chopping the onion, garlic and leeks, I added them into a pan with the warmed oil and butter inside. I cooked them on a low heat until they were soft, then set them aside.

To save time, I used pre-chopped frozen butternut squash, but you can also use fresh. I mixed the cubes of squash with a drizzle of vegetable oil and 1 tsp sage in a bowl.

I’d left the pastry at room temperature so I rolled it out onto a baking tray. I covered it with the leek mixture, leaving a 1-2cm border all around the edges.

Then I added the butternut squash, and crumbled the stilton all over. I brushed the milk around the edges.

I baked the tart for 25 minutes until it was golden and bubbling.

butternut squash, leek and stilton tart

It looked so attractive with the orange hue of the squash scattered all over the tart, and the cheese lusciously melted into the leeks. I do love a good bit of crispy pastry too, the golden edges on the tart are calling my name! It’s positively packed with flavour, from the strong cheese and the earthy sage, to the delicate leeks and sweet squash.

butternut squash, leek and stilton tart

You can store the butternut squash, leek and stilton tart in the fridge and re-heat it the next day so it can cover multiple meals. That is, as long as your family aren’t demanding seconds like mine were!

       

I’m linking this recipe up with Cook Blog Share hosted by Recipes Made Easy, Recipe of the Week hosted by A Mummy Too, Eat Your Greens hosted by Allotment 2 Kitchen and The Veg Hog, and Fiesta Friday hosted by Food Eat Love and Curry & Vanilla.

 

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Butternut Squash, Leek & Stilton Tart

Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 375 g Pre-made puff pastry sheet
  • 3 Leeks Chopped
  • Half a Large white onion Chopped
  • 2 cloves Garlic Chopped
  • 1 tbsp Vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • 250 g Butternut squash (fresh or frozen) Cubed
  • 1 tsp Dried sage
  • 150 g Stilton
  • 1 tbsp Milk

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 180C Fan/200C/400F/Gas Mark 6. Take the pastry out of the fridge, un-package it but don't unroll it yet

  2. Warm the oil and butter in a pan on a low heat then add the onion, garlic and leeks. Cook them on a low heat until they are soft, then set them aside

  3. Mix the cubes of squash in a bowl with a drizzle of vegetable oil and the sage until they are fully coated

  4. Roll the pastry out onto a baking tray, if it doesn't come with baking paper make sure the tray is lined with it

  5. Pour the leek mixture onto the pastry, leaving a 1-2cm border all around the edges

  6. Add the butternut squash, and crumble the stilton all over

  7. Brush the milk in the empty border of the pastry all around the edges

  8. Bake the tart for 25 minutes until it is golden and bubbling

  9. Serve hot, or allow to cool, refrigerate and re-heat as desired

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Vegetarian Mini ‘Chicken’ & Leek Pies

Vegetarian Mini ‘Chicken’ & Leek Pies

Since I stopped eating meat I’ve become a huge fan of Quorn, it’s so versatile and really delicious. I’ve made these Vegetarian Mini ‘Chicken’ & Leek Pies three times now, and I can’t get enough! The pastry is so simple to make, with no blind baking needed, and bakes to a gorgeously golden and crispy finish. The filling is creamy and indulgent, and full of flavour from the herbs. They can be served hot or cold, I’ve enjoyed them hot with mash and gravy and I’ve also served them cold at parties where they haven’t lasted long!

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To make the pastry I rubbed together the plain flour and butter with my fingers until it looked like breadcrumbs.

I added the eggs and formed it into a dough and wrapped it in cling film, I put it in the fridge to chill for 1 hour

To make the filling I heated up 1 tsp vegetable oil in a pan and fried the leek until it had softened. I added the Quorn chicken pieces, and let them cook for a 2-3 minutes. Then I poured in the double cream, dried thyme, dried rosemary and salt. I mixed it together and let it cook for 5 minutes. Then I took it off the heat, transferred it to a bowl and let it cool down fully.

I rolled the pastry out onto a floured surface and cut out the pie bases using a 10cm round cutter.

Then I re-rolled the dough out and cut out the pid lids using a 7.5cm round cutter. I also used a round fondant plunger to cut out little circles in the middle.

To make sure the pies didn’t stick, I greased a muffin tin and lined each hole with strips of baking paper, and I filled it with the pastry bases.

Then I filled each base with the filling, then brushed some beaten egg around the edge and stuck the lids on. I brushed more beaten egg over the tops.

They baked for 25 minutes until they were golden and bubbling. I removed them from the tray and let them cool as I served them cold.

I got 14 Vegetarian Mini ‘Chicken’ & Leek Pies out of this batch, although there was some filling leftover. It’s always a bit hit and miss with pastry as it depends how thin you roll it, but you’ll get at least 12 mini Vegetarian Mini ‘Chicken’ & Leek Pies out of this recipe. You could push it to 16 if you roll the pastry out thin enough every time and use every last bit. If you have any leftover filling, it will keep in the fridge for a couple of days and it’s yummy with rice and green veg!

The Vegetarian Mini ‘Chicken’ & Leek Pies have quite a rustic appearance but I think pies like this should! Their golden colour and tempting filling oozing out of the centre make me want to eat them all up! The Quorn chicken pieces make these pies really hearty and filling, I honestly don’t think you could tell the difference between them and real chicken! I’ve served these to many meat eaters and had fantastic feedback!

           

I’m linking this recipe up with Recipe of the Week hosted by A Mummy Too, Cook Blog Share hosted by Recipes Made Easy, and Cook Once Eat Twice by Searching For Spice.

 

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Mini Chicken & Leek Pies (Vegetarian)

Ingredients

For the pastry

  • 2 Eggs large
  • 350 g Plain flour
  • 170 g Butter

For the filling

  • 2 Leeks medium sized
  • 350 g Quorn chicken style pieces
  • 250 ml Double cream
  • 1 tsp Vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp Dried thyme
  • 1 tsp Dried Rosemary
  • 1 tsp Salt

Other

  • 1 Egg beaten, for glazing
  • Butter for greasing

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 220C/200C Fan/425F/Gas Mark 7, grease a muffin tin with butter and strips of baking paper

  2. To make the pastry, in a large bowl rub together the plain flour and butter with your fingers until it looks like breadcrumbs

  3. Add the eggs and form it into a dough,  be careful not to knead it or over work it, then wrap it in cling film and put it in the fridge to chill for 1 hour

  4. To make the filling heated up the vegetable oil in a pan on a low-medium heat, fry the leeks until soft

  5. Add the Quorn chicken pieces, and let them cook for a 2-3 minutes

  6. Pour in the double cream, dried thyme, dried rosemary and salt, mix it together and let it cook for 5 minutes

  7. Take the mixture off the heat, transfer it to a bowl and let it cool down fully

  8. Roll the pastry out onto a floured surface to a thickness of around 3mm, and cut out the pie bases using a 10cm round cutter. Cut out 12 to start with, then more if you have any remaining pastry after cutting out the lids

  9. Re-rolled the dough out and cut out the pid lids using a 7.5cm round cutter. Use a round fondant plunger, or a round piping nozzle, or a knife to cut out little circles in the middle

  10. Place the pastry bases into the muffin tray, use your fingers to press them against the bottom and sides

  11. Fill one with the filling, then brush the beaten egg around the edge and stick the lids on, pressing them around the sides to seal the edges. Brush more beaten egg over the tops

  12. Bake them for 20-25 minutes until they are golden and bubbling. Remove them from the tray and either serve immediately or let them cool and serve them cold (refridgerate once cool)

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Peaches & Cream Tart with Fresh Mint

Peaches & Cream Tart with Fresh Mint

This yummy Peaches & Cream Tart with Fresh Mint pairs together fresh mint with creamy cheesecake and sweet juicy peaches. It is the perfect summer dessert and it would be a fabulous make ahead option for a dinner party or BBQ. It’s so easy to make as well with ready made pastry and pre-prepared peaches, there’s hardly any work required! And all the better so you can get to the best bit – eating it!

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I used a sheet of ready made puff pastry for the base, I went for Jus Roll Light as I’ve used it many times before. Once it had come to room temperature I rolled it out onto a baking tray.

I drained the sliced peaches and put them on some kitchen towel. I also put more kitchen towel over the top and pressed out any excess moisture.

For the cheesecake topping I whisked together 150g full fat cream cheese and 50g caster sugar until smooth. Then I added 1 egg and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract and whisked again until smooth.

I spread the cheesecake mixture out onto the pastry using a palette knife.

Then I added the peach slices in a neat design, and I glazed the edges of the pastry with some beaten egg.

I baked it on 160C Fan/180C/350F/Gas Mark 4 for 25 minutes, then left it to cool completely before sprinkling 6 chopped up mint leaves all over.

Peaches & Cream Tart with Fresh Mint

I could’ve eaten this whole Peaches & Cream Tart with Fresh Mint myself it was so delicious… And I nearly did!

Peaches & Cream Tart with Fresh Mint

The only struggle you might face with making this Peaches & Cream Tart with Fresh Mint is sharing it!

       

I’m linking this recipe up with Recipe of the Week hosted by A Mummy Too, and Cook Blog Share hosted by Easy Peasy Foodie.

 

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Peaches & Cream Tart with Fresh Mint

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet of puff pastry (320g)
  • 150 g Full fat cream cheese
  • 50 g Caster sugar
  • 1 Egg large
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 300g Tinned sliced peaches (1 and a half 410g cans)
  • 6 Fresh mint leaves
  • Beaten egg or milk for glazing

Instructions

  1. Pre heat the oven to 160C Fan/180C/350F/Gas Mark 4 and if chilled, let the pastry come to room temperature

  2. Roll the pastry out onto a baking tray, if the pastry doesn't come with baking paper then line the tray first

  3. Drain the sliced peaches and put them on a plate or tray lined with a few pieces of kitchen towel.  Use a few more pieces of kitchen towel to press out any excess moisture from the top

  4. For the cheesecake topping whisk together the full fat cream cheese and caster sugar until smooth. Then add the egg and vanilla extract and whisk again until smooth

  5. Spread the cheesecake mixture out onto the pastry using a palette knife, leaving about 1cm gap around the edge

  6. Add the peach slices on top of the cheesecake mixture in a neat design, then brush the gap around the edge of the pastry with the beaten egg or milk


  7. Bake it for 25 minutes, then leave it to cool completely before sprinkling 6 chopped up mint leaves all over it

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Bakewell Tart: GBBO Week #5

Bakewell Tart: GBBO Week #5
After all of the shock news last week, we’ve had a further blow this week in the news that Mary Berry will not be following the show when it moves to Channel 4. Paul Hollywood confirmed that he would be staying with the show, making him the only one to remain. There was a foreshadowing of the future moment this week when Sue made a joke at Tom’s bench and then walked off saying “I’m leaving the tent”… oh Sue, if only you’d known! This week I’ve made a classic Bakewell Tart and you can find the recipe and instructions at the bottom of this post.

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The signature challenge this week was to make two different types of Danish breakfast pastries. Mary wanted the bakers to produce a crisp buttery pastry and Paul said this challenge was all about time management. They all used enriched doughs and all of the bakers except Jane made one dough that they split in two. Jane made Pain Au Raisin with a orange and cardamom dough and Raspberry, Chocolate & Almond Danish with a cinnamon dough. Candice was the only baker to brave a savoury pastry with her Croque Monsieur Kites featuring mushrooms, gruyere and pancetta.

Selasi’s pastries were very tropical themed and featured pineapple, orange and mango. Val was being her usual unqiue self and had brought dental floss with her to cut her pastry with. I hope it wasn’t mint flavoured! Benjamina went all American with her flavours and made peanut butter and banana pinwheels, and pecan swirl with maple syrup and candied bacon. Everyone struggled towards the end with timing, and Rav even forgot to bake one of his pastries.

Tom didn’t fare so well during judging as one of his pastries was dry and the other was so raw the judges wouldn’t even taste it. Val, Selasi and Benjamina all had problems with their pastry being undercooked too. The judges like the flavour of both Rav and Andrew’s fillings. Jane got a great result with her pain au raisins, and Candice’s savoury pastries went down very well.

This week’s technical was to make a Bakewell Tart, I love how they are bringing all the technical’s back to basics this year. There was a bit of internet uproar over the tart in question due to the icing covering the top, however this was Mary’s version of a Bakewell Tart. The judges expected all of the bakers to know what a Bakewell Tart looked like and to know all of the techniques involved in making one.

The recipe instructions were very minimal, and Selasi suggested that the more ‘aged’ bakers would know what they were doing. Val got stuck in straight away, as did Jane. However, Val was only using the second sheet of the instructions and she only saw the first sheet after 20 minutes of time had gone by. She’d guessed all of the recipe quantities. To be honest I’m not sure how she did this as the instructions started from number 5 on the second sheet which would surely have been the biggest clue. Even when she did find out, she still continued to ignore the instructions and made a series of bad decisions, despite the fact she makes a Bakewell Tart every week at home. Rav came last as his pastry collapsed, Val came 7th, Andrew was 6th as his oven wasn’t turned on for the first 15 minutes, Benjamina 5th, Tom 4th, Selasi 3rd, Candice 2nd and Jane was 1st.

The showstopper this week was to make 48 filo pastry amuse bouches (aka canapes), one savoury and one sweet. Filo pastry is quite a nightmare to make from scratch, I’ve done it myself once before when I made a Fruit Strudel. Mary advised that the pastry should be wafer thin and Paul wanted the canapes to be bite size.

Val went with a Christmas theme and used mincemeat in her filo parcels. Jane was quite brave I thought by using cone shaped moulds to wrap her filo around, they looked like such a faff and kept falling over. Tom was very ambitious by mixing chocolate with chilli and steak – yes you read that right! He is taking things too far in my opinion, there’s experimental and then there’s just plain risky. Selasi was using coffee to flavour his sweet filo, and he said that simplicity was a good thing. Benjamina was influced by her Nigerian roots to add plantain to her showstopper.

Then the stretching began! The bakers used broom handles, rolling pins and even pasta makers to roll out their filo until it was as thin as possible. Rav and Selasi both finished before the time was up, whereas Jane and Val were rushing to complete the challenge. Benjamin, Andrew, Selasi all did well. Paul didn’t like the flavour of Tom’s filo fillings and said he was ‘disappointed’. Even though the judges thought Jane’s amuse bouches were too big, they loved her flavours. Val was only able to present 12 of her savoury filos, and the 12 were underdone. The pastry for her sweet filo was far too thick. Candice and Rav both also got great results.

Val left this week, and although I’d found her quite irritating (I think she has a bit of a Marmite personality where you either love or hate her), I did feel sorry for her as she seemed very upset. The winner of star baker was Candice, however Jane came very close. Next week is a new theme – Botanicals week!

I decided to make a Bakewell Tart this week as I’ve never actually made one. I wanted to make the more traditional looking tart with flaked almonds on top and a drizzle of icing. As pretty as Mary’s version looked, it’s a bit too much icing than I prefer on my Bakewell.

I started by making the pastry. I rubbed butter into plain flour until it resembled breadcrumbs.

Then I added cold water and formed a dough.

I rolled out my pastry on my Joseph Joseph Roll Up Non-Slip Silicone Pastry Mat which I am loving using, it’s definitely my favourite product from their new baking range which they kindly sent me a few weeks ago. I’ve already used it three times!

I lined a 9 inch tart tin with the pastry, leaving an overhang. I used a fork to prick the bottom of the pastry. Then I chilled it in the fridge for 30 minutes.

I scrunched up some baking paper and lined the pastry, then added baking beans. It baked on 200C/180C Fan/350F/Gas Mark 4 for 15 minutes.

To make the frangipane I creamed together butter and caster sugar. Then I added egg, almond extract and ground almonds.

I took the pastry out of the oven and removed the baking beans and paper. I trimmed the edges for a neater finish.

The pastry baked again for 10 minutes on the same temperature.

I spread a layer of seedless raspberry jam on the bottom of the pastry case. I used approximately a third of a jar.

Then I piped the frangipane over the top to avoid it mixing with the jam, and I smoothed it out on top. I sprinkled over some flaked almonds.

It baked on 180C/160C Fan/350F/Gas Mark 4 for 45 minutes

I can understand why Mary and Paul chose Bakewell Tart as a technical challenge as it really fits with their theme of going back to basics. Any baker who bakes regularly will be able to knock one of these together easily and without too much fuss. It really is all about basic skills. When it was fully cool, I finished the tart with a drizzle of icing sugar mixed with enough water to get a thick, but pipable paste.

You really can’t beat a Bakewell Tart and this was devoured within an hour by my colleagues! It was full of almond and jammy goodness, and the pastry was lovely and crisp.

     

I’m linking up with Bake Off Bake Along hosted by Rhyme & Ribbons and This Particular, with the Sunday Fitness & Food Link Up hosted by Ilka’s Blog and Marathons & Motivation, with Recipe of the Week hosted by A Mummy Too, and Cook Blog Share hosted by Easy Peasy Foodie.


Bakewell Tart

Ingredients

For the pastry

  • 100 g Butter or baking spread
  • 230 g Plain flour
  • 3 tbsp Cold water

For the filling

  • 160 g Butter or baking spread
  • 160 g Caster sugar
  • 1 tsp Almond extract
  • 1 Egg large
  • 160 g Ground almonds
  • 4-5 tbsp Raspberry Jam
  • A handful of Flaked almonds
  • 60 g Icing sugar

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 200C/180C Fan/350F/Gas Mark 5

  2. To make the pastry rub the butter into the plain flour until it resembles breadcrumbs

  3. Add the cold water and form a dough
  4. Roll out the pastry, line a 9 inch tart tin. Use a fork to prick the bottom of the pastry then chill it in the fridge for 30 minutes

  5. Scrunch up some baking paper and line the pastry, then add baking beans. Bake it for 15 minutes

  6. To make the frangipane cream together the butter and the caster sugar. Then add the egg, almond extract and ground almonds

  7. Take the pastry out of the oven and remove the baking beans and paper. Trim the edges for a neater finish if needed

  8. Bake the pastry again for 10 minutes on the same temperature
  9. Remove the pastry from the oven and reduce the oven temperature to 180C/160C Fan/350F/Gas Mark 4

  10. Spread a layer of the jam on the bottom of the pastry case
  11. Pipe the frangipane over the top and avoid it mixing with the jam, then smooth it out on top. Sprinkle over the flaked almonds
  12. Bake the tart for 45 minutes until golden

  13. When the tart is cool, mix the icing sugar with enough water to get a thick, but pipeable paste. Drizzle or pipe over the tart

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Nectarine & Bilberry Custard Tart

Nectarine & Bilberry Custard Tart
I think of myself as quite knowledgeable when it comes to food so when I haven’t heard of something it really intrigues me. I’d never heard of bilberries before, so I really wanted to try them. The bilberries were kindly given to me by Angela from Only Crumbs Remain.  She picked them herself and if you are a bilberry fan or are interested in baking with them you will find lots of bilberry recipes on her blog! They are a foraged berry and come from the same family as blueberries and blackberries. I’ve never seen them in the shops before, so do let me know if you’ve ever seen them sold anywhere. Otherwise look out for them on your next country walk! I decided to pair them with nectarines in this Nectarine & Bilberry Custard Tart as the bright orange colour is a great match to the dark blue bilberries, and they also taste delicious!

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I started by making the creme patisserie custard filling as it takes several hours to cool. To begin I heated whole milk with the seeds from a vanilla pod until it reached boiling point. Then I took it off the heat and poured it into a jug.

In my food mixer I whisked up egg yolks with caster sugar until pale and thick. I added cornflour and mixed it in, then I poured the warm milk in with the mixer still going.

I poured the mixture back into the pan and heated it up whilst continously stirring. When it started to thicken, I started whisking it to keep it smooth and stop any lumps.

I put it in a bowl, and covered it with cling film. I made sure the cling film was touching the
creme patisserie so that a skin doesn’t form on it. Then I left it in the fridge overnight to cool.

To make the pastry I rubbed butter into plain flour until it resembled breadcrumbs.

I added eggs and mixed to form a dough. Then I wrapped it in cling film and chilled it in the fridge for 30 minutes.

To roll out the pastry I decided to try out an item from the new Joseph Joseph baking range, which were kindly sent to me recently. If you haven’t heard of Joseph Joseph before, they are a family business
ran by twin brothers. Their focus is on the whole user experience of their products, they combine design, function and quality materials to make their range.

I tried out their Roll Up Non-Slip Silicone Pastry Mat. The mat features a handy rolling size guide printed in circular shapes, as well as sizes along the sides. It also has an integrated strap so you can roll it up, fasten it and store it easily.

I rolled out the pastry and the size guides on the mat were really helpful – I don’t know why I haven’t bought one of these already as I do make pastry quite often!

Next, I lined my 23cm tart tin with the pastry and pricked it all over with a fork.

I lined the pastry with baking paper then poured in baking beans, and I blind baked it on 180C/106C Fan/350F/Gas Mark 4 for 15 minutes.

I then removed the baking beans and baked it again for 10-15 minutes until the bottom was fully cooked and it was golden brown all over.

When the tart case was fully cool I filled it with the creme patisserie and smoothed it out.

I sliced up nectarines and arranged them in circles on top, and I placed the billberries in the gaps. The bilberries freeze really well and I still have more to use.

To glaze the Nectarine & Bilberry Custard Tart and keep the fruit fresh whilst also creating a lovely shiny appearance, I warmed up apricot jam in a pan. I then sieved it to remove any lumps, and used a pastry brush to generously brush it all over the tart.

And the Nectarine & Bilberry Custard Tart was ready! It’s best to eat this straight away, although it will last a few days if kept in the fridge.

The Nectarine & Bilberry Custard Tart was a bit messy when cut but the sweet creamy custard and delicious fresh fruit soon distract you from the appearance. It was my first taste of bilberries and I have to say they go very well with custard. The pastry was also perfectly crisp which is just what you need for a tart like this as it holds the wet filling in place without any leaks, not a soggy bottom in sight!

      

I’m linking up with the Sunday Fitness & Food Link Up hosted by Ilka’s Blog and Marathons & Motivation, and to The Food Calendar hosted by Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen. I think this tart would be a delightful afternoon tea treat!


Nectarine & Bilberry Custard Tart

Ingredients

For the creme patisserie

  • 500 ml Whole milk
  • 1 Vanilla pod
  • 6 Egg yolks
  • 140 g Caster sugar
  • 45 g Cornflour

For the pastry

  • 350 g Plain flour
  • 170 g Butter
  • 2 Eggs large

For the fruit filling & glaze

  • 5 Nectarines
  • 70 g Bilberries
  • 5 tbsp Apricot Jam

Instructions

  1. Start by making the creme patisserie custard filling. Heat the whole milk with the seeds from a vanilla pod in a pan until it reaches boiling point. Then take it off the heat and pour it into a jug

  2. Using an electric mixer whisk up the egg yolks with the caster sugar until pale and thick. Add the cornflour and mix it in, then pour the warm milk in with the mixer still going
  3. Pour the mixture back into the pan and heat it at a medium-high heat whilst continously stirring. When it starts to thicken, whisk it to keep it smooth and stop any lumps
  4. Sieve it required to remove any lumps, then put it in a bowl and covered it with cling film. Make sure the cling film is touching the creme patisserie so that a skin doesn't form on it. Leave it in the fridge overnight to cool
  5. To make the pastry rub the butter into the plain flour until it resembles breadcrumbs
  6. Add the eggs and mix to form a dough. Wrap it in cling film and chill it in the fridge for 30 minutes
  7. Roll out the pastry and line a 23cm tart tin. Prick it all over with a fork
  8. Line the pastry with baking paper then pour in baking beans (or dry rice if you don't have them) bake it on 180C/106C Fan/350F/Gas Mark 4 for 15 minutes
  9. Remove the baking beans and baked it again for 10-15 minutes until the bottom is fully cooked and it is golden brown all over
  10. When the tart case is fully cool fill it with the creme patisserie and smooth it out
  11. Slice up the nectarines and arranged them in circles on top, then place the billberries in the gaps
  12. To glaze the tart, warm up the apricot jam in a pan. Sieve it to remove any lumps, and use a pastry brush to generously brush it all over the tart

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