Archive for Tarts / Pies

19 Jul 2015

Fruit Tarts

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Really easy to make and possibly my favourite dessert due to the copious amounts of creme patissiere. The recipe for both the tart shells and custard were both different to the fruit tarts I made last year. The pastry smelled amazing when I was rolling it out, probably due to the high cream content. You’ll probably end up with some leftover pastry, which you can cut out with a cookie cutter and make Linzer biscuits/Jammie Dodgers – the dough will hold it’s shape fairly well in the oven.

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12 Jul 2015

Bitesize Blueberry Pies

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Everybody loves things on sticks – usually cakes and lollipops but pies are no exception. The Atlantic blueberry crop is in the shops which means huge blueberries which look awesome in pies.

Bake until golden brown

Filled with blueberries and baked until golden brown

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11 Jul 2015

Zwetschgen kuchen

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Zwetschgnkuchen is a German plum cake traditionally made with yeast dough and Zwetschgen, which are Italian plums. Given my limited success with yeast, this cake/tart turned out really well. I had a jar of pears in mulled wine which I’ve been contemplating using in some kind of pie so with a jar of prunes to with them, this recipe was perfect. The dough turns out very soft and buttery after baking which makes it light.

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05 Jul 2015

Eccles Cakes

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Easy to make and an excuse to splash some rum in for a hidden surprise. Genuine Eccles cakes use puff pastry and are dusted with crunchy sugar, whereas Chorley cakes use shortcrust pastry and have no sugar. They’re both filled with raisins and brown sugar, and these are a cross between the two – they use a flaky pastry which is easier to make than puff pastry and have the sugar topping.

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21 Jun 2015

Bitesize Cherry Pies (On sticks)

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It’s funny how baking something on a stick seems to make people instantly more excited by it. Summer (pie season) is well underway and so far this year my pie baking has had a slow start. Cherry pie is a close relative to my all time favourite pastry – the cherry danish. These mini pies on sticks are easy to make and taste awesome. If you’re not a fan of things on sticks you could also make a conventional pie.


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23 May 2015

Macadamia Maple Tarts

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I was given a bag of macadamia nuts for Christmas and they’ve been staring at me every time I open the baking cupboard since. The obvious use for them would be with white chocolate, in a cookie, but that seemed so… predictable. This whole wheat crusted caramel tart goes really well with vanilla ice cream. The maple syrup caramel filling is a great compliment to the macadamias. I used a combination of shortening and butter, but an all-butter crust would also be nice to try.


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17 May 2015

Apple and Cranberry Tarts

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An easy to make apple and cranberry tart with caramel apple filling. Like a toffee apple, but in a tart… and with bourbon. I preferred this to the Apple and Cranberry Caramel Tarts I made a few years ago because it was lighter and there was more fruit and less caramel. I served it with vanilla custard but you could also serve it with ice cream.

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11 May 2015

Peanut Butter Cheesecake with Chocolate Chips

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This was a birthday cake request from a peanut butter nutter. She’s already had peanut cookies, peanut granola and peanut butter jelly slices, so I wanted something different. The base is Oreos, cheesecake is loaded with peanuts, peanut butter and peanut butter chips (that’s three types of peanut!) and the topping is a sour cream/peanut cream like topping.

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09 May 2015

Peach Pop Tarts

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Pop tarts are probably the quickest breakfast/snack if you get the toaster variety. Although these took longer to make and needed a little planning (for the dough to chill), they were fairly easy to make and well worth it. You also get endless freedom with filling, next time I want to try rhubarb. Did I mention it’s also an excuse to use my favourite sprinkles – rainbow hundreds and thousands!


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03 May 2015

Strawberry & Rhubarb Custard Pie

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Strawberries are just starting to come down in price, so it’s a good time to cram them into pies and cupcakes. This uses a wholemeal crust and is filled with rhubarb, strawberries and custard.

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