Vanilla Shortcrust Pastry for Mince Pies

Photo by Julie O’Malley Vanilla Shortcrust Pastry for Mince Pies Pastry for approx 18 pies, 1 2/3 cups (250g) plain flour 1 Tbsp caster sugar 1/4 tsp baking powder 180g cold unsalted butter, chopped 1/3 cup (80ml) iced water 1 tsp vanilla extract Place flour, sugar and baking powder...

Apple pie with a Difference

Apple pie with a Difference 125g butter slightly softened 1 cup caster sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 1 egg 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate soda dissolved in 1 tablespoon white vinegar 2 cups self-raising flour 1 cup desiccated coconut 800g can pie apple 1. Cream butter and sugar together until light...

Gran’s Apple Pie

Recipe and Photo by Kelli Gran’s Apple Pie 2 good Tablespoons of butter 1/2 cup sugar 1 egg 2 cups SR flour a little water 800g tin apples a little extra sugar to taste egg and milk for eggwash Pastry: Beat butter and sugar. Add egg, then add flour....

Two-Cheese and Tomato Pie

Photo by Julie O’Malley Two-Cheese and Tomato Pie Serves 4 3 eggs, lightly whisked 250ml (1 cup) milk 80g (1 cup) coarsely grated cheddar 140g (1 cup) pastry mix 1 bunch spring onions (globe onions), trimmed, thinly sliced 3 bacon rashers, rind removed, coarsely chopped 1 tbs shredded parmesan...

Greek Egg and Feta Pies

Photo by A delicious. Year – Katren Greek Egg and Feta Pies Serves 4 1 sheet puff pastry (thawed) 4 large eggs 30 g feta, crumbled 1 green onion, green part only finely sliced 4 black olives finely chopped 1. Preheat oven to 180 C. 2. Divide puff pastry...

Classic Banana Cream Pie

Classic Banana Cream Pie 8 Servings 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon granulated sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, chilled and cut in pieces 1/4 cup cold water 1 egg yolk 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil Banana Cream Filling: 2 large eggs 1/2 cup superfine...

Lemon Meringue Pie

Lemon Meringue Pie Serves 8 Shortcrust Pastry: 150g (1 cup) plain flour 55g (1/4 cup) caster sugar 75g cold unsalted butter, coarsely chopped Lemon Curd: 3 lemons, juice and finely grated rind only 45g cornflour 3 egg yolks 150g caster sugar 80g unsalted butter Italian Meringue: 330g caster sugar...

Beef and Guinness Pies

Photo by Julie O’Malley Beef and Guinness Pies Filling (makes approx 4 pies): 600g braising beef (e.g. chuck), cut into small cubes 4 Tbsp plain flour oil 1 large onion, diced 2 carrots, diced 5 cloves garlic, sliced finely 4 bay leaves 3 tsp fresh thyme leaves 2 Tbsp...

Star-topped Mince Pies

Star-topped Mince Pies 240g plain flour 60g vegetable shortening 60g unsalted butter juice of 1 orange pinch salt approx. 200g mincemeat 1 large egg, mixed with a tablespoon water, to glaze, optional icing sugar for dusting tray of miniature tart tins, each indent about 4.5cm in diameter 5.5cm fluted...

Greek Ham Pies

Greek Ham Pies 500g puff pastry, 300g ham, cut into dice 2 red capsicums, sliced thinly 3 spring onions, finely chopped 250g feta cheese 125ml flour 500ml milk 250ml olive oil or sunflower oil 3 eggs 60ml finely chopped fresh dill or parsley Extra egg yolk for brushing Heat...

Chicken and Vegetable Pies

Photo by Rebecca Payn Chicken and Vegetable Pies Makes 4 1 Tbsp olive oil 30g butter 500g chicken breast fillet, cut into 2cm chunks 1 leek, white part only, finely sliced 1 garlic clove, crushed 1 Tbsp flour 1/3 cup (80ml) white wine or water 1 cup (250ml) chicken...

Broccoli Pie

Photo by Julie O’Malley Broccoli Pie 1 sheet puff pastry (thawed) 1 head broccoli (cut into flowerets) 5 eggs 1 cup grated cheese 1 big cup natural yogurt 2-3 rashes bacon (chopped) 1. Place puff pastry on pie dish. 2. Cook broccoli for few minutes – drain and distribute...

Bacon and Egg Pie

Bacon and Egg Pie Servings: 6 1 sheet shortcrust pastry 1 sheet puff pastry 1 large onion, chopped finely 250g bacon, chopped 9 eggs 2 Tbsp milk 1. Preheat oven to 200°C. 2. Grease a pie dish lightly. 3. Line pie dish with shortcrust pastry. 4. Trim any excess...

Spinach and Ricotta Pie

Spinach and Ricotta Pie 1 sheet puff pastry 250gm light ricotta 1 large bunch spinach 1 onion, chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 2 eggs salt and pepper pinch nutmeg Spray round baking dish with cooking spray and place frozen puff pastry sheet over to thaw. Preheat oven to 180c....

Pumpkin and Feta Pies

Pumpkin and Feta Pies Makes 20 350g pumpkin, peeled, cut into 1cm cubes 2 tsp olive oil 3 sheets frozen puff pastry, thawed 2 eggs 100ml light thickened cream 100g low-fat feta, crumbled 1. Preheat oven to 200°C. Grease two 12-hole muffin pans. Place pumpkin on a baking sheet...

Brekkie Pies

Brekkie Pies Makes 6 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 onion, finely chopped 3 rashers bacon, rind removed, chopped 200g mushrooms, sliced 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves 3 sheets ready-rolled butter puff pastry 2 eggs 1 cup cream baby spinach leaves, to serve 1. Preheat oven to 220°C. Place a...

Vegetarian Pie

Vegetarian Pie Serves 4 4 large potatoes, peeled, thinly sliced 60ml (1/4 cup) olive oil 20g unsalted butter 4 onions, sliced into thin wedges 125ml (1/2 cup) thick cream 1 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves 2 garlic cloves, crushed 2 x 375g blocks puff pastry 1 egg, beaten 1. Preheat...

Chicken and Mushroom Pot Pie

Chicken and Mushroom Pot Pie Serves 1 50g butter 1 small red onion (80g), sliced finely 1 chicken breast fillet (200g), sliced finely 1 field mushroom (80g), chopped coarsely 2 Tablespoons plain flour 20g butter 1/2 cup (125ml) Campbell’s real chicken stock 1/3 cup (80ml) thickened cream 1 sheet...

Banoffee Pie

Photo by Mem Banoffee Pie Serves 8 Prep time 30 minutes Chilling time 2 hours 35 minutes Cooking time 30 minutes 1 1/4 cups (185g) plain flour, sifted 125g cold butter, chopped 1 tablespoon caster sugar 1 egg yolk 395g can sweetened condensed milk 60g butter, chopped 1/2 cup...

Mince Pies

Mince Pies 4 cups plain flour Pinch salt 250g butter 2 Tbsp castor sugar 2 egg yolks 4 Tbsp ice-cold water Christmas mincemeat 1 egg, beaten Castor sugar 1. Sift flour and salt into a bowl. Cut butter into small pieces and rub into flour with fingers until like...

Mince Pies

Mince Pies Makes 12 12 prepared sweet pastry cases 1/2 cup prepared fruit mince 1/2 apple, peeled, cored and chopped 2 tablespoons cranberry sauce prepared fondant icing food colourings and decorations 1. Arrange pastry cases on a baking tray. Bake according to packet directions. 2. Combine fruit mince with...

Cheesecake Mince Pies

Cheesecake Mince Pies Makes 24 Pastry: 1 1/2 cups plain flour 2 tablespoons custard powder 1/4 cup icing-sugar mixture 125g cold butter, chopped 1 egg-yolk 2-3 tablespoons cold water Filling: 1 x 250g packet cream cheese, softened 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon rind 1 tablespoon caster sugar 1 x...

Banana Cream Pie

Banana Cream Pie 1 x 9-inch baked pastry shell 3 Tbsp cornstarch 1 2/3 cup water 1 can sweetened condensed milk 3 x egg yolks, beaten 2 Tbsp butter or margarine 1 tsp vanilla extract 3 med bananas lemon juice 1 pt cream # In heavy saucepan, dissolve cornstarch...

Bacon and Egg Pie

Bacon and Egg Pie 9 bacon rashers, finely chopped 2 medium brown onions, thinly sliced 3 sheets frozen puff pastry 11 eggs salt and pepper to taste extra 1 egg, lightly beaten 1 tablespoon milk cracked black pepper to serve fresh parsley to garnish 1. Grease a 26cm-round pie...

Bacon and Egg Pie

Photo by Denise C Bacon and Egg Pie 2 sheets shortcrust pastry 5 eggs (beaten) 4 rashes of chopped bacon Sliced tomatoes to layer 1/2 cup chopped mushrooms 1/4 cup of chopped parsley 1/2 cup of cream Salt and pepper Milk to glaze # Blind bake 1 sheet of...

Savoury Impossible Pie

Savoury Impossible Pie 5 eggs, beaten 1 1/2 cups milk 3/4 cups pastry mix 1/2 cup grated cheese 1/2 cup chopped bacon 1/2 cup diced onion 1. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. 2. Pour into a greased pie dish. 3. Put into moderately hot oven for...

Curried Steak Pie

Curried Steak Pie Serves 4 1 cup plain flour 25g butter 1/4-1/3 cup water 1kg chuck steak 2 tablespoons oil 2 large onions, sliced 2 cloves garlic, crushed 2 tablespoons mild curry powder 2 tablespoons plain flour 1/2 teaspoon beef stock powder 1/2 cup water 1/4 cup milk 1...

Chicken Pie

Chicken Pie Serves 6 people. 2 Tbsp butter 1 chopped onion 1 or 2 celery stalks 1 diced carrot Half broccoli (diced) 1 cluster of cauliflower (diced) 2 Tbsp flour (or wheat free flour) 1 cup milk 1 tsp oregano 2 chicken stock cubes 2 cups of diced chicken...

Aussie Meat Pie

Aussie Meat Pie 500g / 1lb chuck or blade steak 2 tablespoons flour Freshly ground black pepper 1 tsp salt 1/2 cup water 1 x 375g / 12 oz packet frozen puff pastry, thawed Beaten egg to glaze Trim gristle and fat from steak, cut into thin shreds, then...

Aussie Kangaroo Pie

Aussie Kangaroo Pie 500 gm Kangaroo topside, minced 1 Onion 1 cup Stock, meat 1 cup Peas, frozen 1/2 cup Sauce, tomato 1 pinch Nutmeg Salt Pepper 2 tbsp Flour Water 375 gm Pastry, shortcrust, thawed. 1 Pastry, puff, ready-made, thawed. Sauce, tomato -OR- bush tomato relish 1. Sauté...

Mini Ham and Egg Pies

Mini Ham and Egg Pies 2 sheets puff pastry, thawed 2 slices ham, finely chopped 1/2 cup grated cheese 2 eggs 1/2 cup milk 1 tablespoon chopped parsley 1. Pre heat oven to hot 200°C. Using a scone cutter, cut 24 rounds of pastry to fit dome shaped pastry...

Tarragon Chicken in Filo Pastry

Tarragon Chicken in Filo Pastry Serves: 4 people 4 chicken breasts 1 Tbsp flour, plain salt and pepper 1 Tbsp vegetable oil Tarragon Butter: 90g butter 2 tsp tarragon, chopped 2 tsp parsley, chopped 1 tsp mustard, French Small pinch cayenne pepper 1/2 cup butter 200g filo pastry 1....

Fruit Mince Pies

Fruit Mince Pies 5 cups (750g) Mixed Fruit 3/4 cup (100g) Slivered Almonds 1 1/2 cups brown sugar Rind and juice of 1 small lemon Rind and juice of 1 small orange 1 1/2 tsp mixed spice 1/2 tsp nutmeg 100g butter, melted 3/4 cup brandy 1 packet frozen...

Lamb and Spinach Pie

Lamb and Spinach Pie Serves 6 Filling: 2 tablespoons oil 1 large onion, chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 500g lamb mince 250g small button mushrooms, sliced 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary 3/4 cup tomato puree 2 tablespoons plain flour 1 cup chicken stock 6 large spinach leaves milk for...

Meat Pie

Meat Pie Serves 6 Shortcrust Pastry: 3/4 cup plain flour 1/3 cup self-raising flour 90g butter, chopped 1 1/2 tablespoons water Filling: 1 tablespoon oil 2 rashers bacon, chopped 1 small onion, finely chopped 750g beef mince 2 tablespoons plain flour, extra 1 1/2 cups beef stock 1/2 cup...

Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd’s Pie 1 1/3 cups leftover cooked mince eg. Bolognaise sauce 1 egg, lightly beaten 1 cup mashed potato 1. Combine mince with egg. 2. Place 1/3 cup mince in the pastry base and 1/4 cup of mashed potato on the top. 3. Close Pie Maker and cook for...

Chilli Lentil Pies

Chilli Lentil Pies 1/2 cup brown lentils, cooked 1 red chilli 1 tablespoon tomato paste 1 stick celery, finely chopped 1. Place lentils, chilli and tomato paste in a Food Processor. Blend until smooth. Stir celery through the mixture. 2. Make pies as per instructions. Note: This recipe is...

Mini Beef and Beer Pies

Mini Beef and Beer Pies 1 tbsp vegetable oil 3 rashers rindless bacon finely chopped 1 onion finely chopped 500g beef mince 1/4 cup plain flour 375 ml bottle beer 1 cup beef stock shortcrust pastry puff pastry 1 egg beaten Preheat oven to 200C. Lightly spray muffin tin...

Steak and Mushroom Red Wine Pies

Steak and Mushroom Red Wine Pies short crust pastry 2 tbsp olive oil 500g chuck or blade steak diced small 1 onion chopped 200g button mushrooms diced large 2 tbsp plain flour 250 ml red wine 1 tbsp tomato paste 1 cup beef stock 1 tbsp chopped rosemary 2...

Chicken and Leek Pies

Chicken and Leek Pies 1 chicken breast 1 1/2 cups chicken stock 25g butter 1 medium leek finely chopped 1 small celery stick finely chopped 1 tbsp plain flour 1 tsp Dijon mustard 1 tbsp finely chopped parsley salt and pepper to taste 6 sheets puff pastry 1 egg...

Choux Pastry

Choux Pastry Profiteroles, eclairs and gougeres all use choux pastry in their making. 1 cup plain flour 1 cup water 125 g unsalted butter, cut into pieces 1 teaspoon sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 4 eggs, beaten lightly Sift the flour on to a square of greaseproof paper. Put the...

Lemon Meringue Pie

Lemon Meringue Pie 1 1/2 cups plain flour 3 teaspoons icing sugar 140g butter 1 egg yolk, lightly beaten 2 tablespoons water, approximately Filling: 1/2 cup cornflour 1 cup caster sugar 1/2 cup lemon juice 1 1/4 cups water 2 teaspoons grated lemon rind 3 egg yolks 60g unsalted...

Spinach and Fetta Pie

Spinach and Fetta Pie Serves 8 3 x 250g packets frozen spinach, thawed, drained 250g fetta cheese, crumbled 250g ricotta cheese 1/4 cup (40g) finely grated parmesan cheese 6 green onions (green shallots), chopped finely 2 cloves garlic, crushed 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh dill 1 tablespoon finely chopped...

Steak and Kidney Pie

Steak and Kidney Pie Serves 6 1 kg (21b) chuck steak, trimmed 250 g (8 oz) kidneys 1 large onion, chopped 2 tablespoons oil 2 cloves garlic, crushed 2 tablespoons plain flour 1 cup (250 ml/8 fl oz) beef stock 1 teaspoon dried thyme 2 teaspoons soft brown sugar...

Diabetic Mince Pies

Diabetic Mince Pies Filling: 1/2 cup of dried apricots 1/2 cup chopped pitted dates 6 dried figs chopped 2 apples peeled, cored and thinly sliced juice of half a lemon 1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg 1 cup of sultanas 12 prunes seeded and chopped almonds 1/2 cup of brandy...

Mem’s Pastry

Mem’s Pastry This is a sweet pastry recipe you can use for things like biscuits and sweet pie pastry. 4 Tbsp Margarine 3/4 Cup Sugar 1 Egg 1 Cup Plain Flour 1 Cup SR Flour Cream butter and sugar. Then add egg and stir. Add flour and mix in....

Savoury Meat Pie

Savoury Meat Pie Pastry 2 cups S.R. flour 6 tablespoons butter (6 x 20mls spoons) 80-100mls cold water pinch salt 1 tablespoon butter (greasing) 1/2 cup flour extra Filling meat filling as for savoury mince Preheat oven to 190C. 1. Grease pie dish. 2. Sift flour and salt into...

Aussie Meat Pies with Pea Mash

Aussie Meat Pies with Pea Mash 1 tbsp oil 1 kg diced beef 2 cloves crushed garlic 1 med onion chopped 1/4 cup plain flour 3 1/2 cups beef stock 2 tbsp tomato paste 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce 2 frozen shortcrust pastry [thawed] fresh herbs to garnish Pea Mash:...

Spring Berry Tart

Photo by Julie O’Malley Spring Berry Tart 1 cup (150g) plain flour 2 Tbsp caster sugar, plus 1/3 cup (75g) extra 90g cold, unsalted butter, chopped 2 – 3 Tbsp iced water 1 3/4 cups (350g) low fat ricotta 1/4 cup (60ml) light cream 2 eggs grated rind of...

Samosas

Samosas Pastry: 450g (1 lb) maida or plain (all-purpose) flour 1 teaspoon salt 4 Tablespoons oil or ghee Filling: 400g (14 oz) potatoes, cut into quarters 80g (1/2 cup) peas 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin seeds 1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds 2 Tablespoons oil 1/2 onion, finely chopped 1/4 teaspoon ground...

Chocolate and Beetroot Cake

Chocolate and Beetroot Cake 180ml sunflower oil, plus more for greasing 190g self-raising flour 60g cocoa powder 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda 250g caster sugar 250g beetroot, cooked 3 eggs 1 tsp vanilla extract For the Icing: 250g icing sugar reserved beetroot juice pink food colouring, optional 25g white...

Turkish Delight

Turkish Delight olive oil spray 860g (4 cups) caster sugar 1L (4 cups) water 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice 3 Tbsp gelatine powder 130g (1 cup) cornflour 1 tsp cream of tartar 2 tsp rosewater essence red food colouring 300g (2 cups) icing sugar mixture 1. Spray a square...

Asparagus and Gruyere Tarts

Photo by Julie O’Malley Asparagus and Gruyere Tarts Savoury Shortcrust Pastry: 150g unsalted butter, chilled, cut into 1.5cm cubes 300g plain flour, chilled 1/2 tsp salt 1 1/2 tsp vinegar, chilled with 85ml water Remove butter from fridge 20 mins before you start mixing, the butter should be just...

Cook’s Encyclopedia – T

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z tabasco sauce: a thin spicy sauce made of vinegar, red peppers, and salt. This sauce is commonly used with Creole food, chilli con...

Cook’s Encyclopedia – S

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z sablée: a rich short biscuit similar to shortbread, that it delicate in texture. safflower oil: the vegetable oil that contains the highest proportion...

Cook’s Encyclopedia – R

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z radicchio: burgundy-leaved lettuce with white ribs and slightly bitter flavour. ragout: a French term for stew made of meat, fish, or vegetables. raisin:...

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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z paella: a Spanish rice dish originating in the town of Valencia. There are hundreds of recipes for paella, all claiming to be authentic....

Cook’s Encyclopedia – M

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z macadamias: native to Australia, rich and buttery nut; store in refrigerator because of high oil content. macaire: a potato pancake made with seasoned...

Cook’s Encyclopedia – F

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z falafel: a Middle Eastern speciality consisting of small, deep-fried croquettes or balls made of highly spiced, ground chickpeas. They’re generally tucked inside pita...

Cook’s Encyclopedia – E

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z egg noodles: are made of wheat flour and eggs, and are widely available both fresh and dried. The thin round variety are used...

Cook’s Encyclopedia – C

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z cabernet vinegar: aged red wine vinegar made from the must of cabernet sauvignon grapes. cachous: small, round, cake-decorating sweets available in silver, gold...

Cook’s Encyclopedia – B

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z baba: a small cake made from enriched yeast dough, often flavoured with candied fruits, and soaked with a rum or Kirsch syrup after...

Summer Fruits Brulee Tartlets

Photo by Julie O’Malley Summer Fruits Brulee Tartlets Serves 4 Pastry (this is enough for 8 tarts, so freeze half): 2 1/4 cups plain flour 1/4 cup ground almonds 1 Tbsp icing sugar 160g chilled butter, diced 1 egg yolk approx 3 Tbsp chilled water, could be a bit...

Pumpkin Quiche

Photo by Julie O’Malley Pumpkin Quiche Pie Crust: 1/2 cup wholemeal SR flour 1/2 cup wholemeal Plain flour 125g butter 1 egg yolk 2 tsp lemon juice, if needed Filling: 500g pumpkin, boiled or steamed until tender, cooled 2 rashers bacon, chopped 3 shallots, chopped 1 clove garlic, crushed...

Vanilla Slice

Photo by Julie O’Malley Vanilla Slice 2 sheets puff pastry 1/2 cup caster sugar 1/2 cup custard powder 600ml milk 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 Tbsp gelatine 1/3 cup hot water 300ml thickened cream Orchard Icing: 1/2 pkt Orchard white icing dessicated coconut to sprinkle on top Passionfruit Icing:...

Salmon Coulibiac

Photo by Jean Misko Salmon Coulibiac Serves 4 2 eggs 2 tsp vegetable oil 2 large (about 250g each) salmon fillets, skin removed, halved crossways 4 sheets (24 x 24cm) reduced-fat puff pastry, just thawed 2 green shallots, ends trimmed, thinly sliced crossways 2 Tbsp drained capers 1 Tbsp...

Quick Sausage Rolls

Quick Sausage Rolls Makes 12 2 sheets frozen puff pastry, thawed 3/4 cup grated cheddar cheese 12 chipolata sausages 1 egg, lightly whisked 1 tablespoon sesame seeds 1. Preheat oven to 220°C. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Cut pastry sheets in half. Sprinkle cheese evenly over pastry,...

Spinach and Corn Pasties

Spinach and Corn Pasties 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 2 medium potatoes (400g) diced into 1cm pieces 1 small brown onion (80g) chopped finely 250g frozen spinach, thawed, drained 2x310g cans creamed corn 3 sheets ready-rolled shortcrust pastry 2 tablespoons milk Heat half the oil in large frying pan; cook...

Bee Sting Cake

Bee Sting Cake (Bienenstich) 14g active dry yeast 60ml warm water 170g unsalted butter, softened 150 g white sugar 2 eggs, room temperature 3 egg yolks 3g salt 120ml warm milk 10ml vanilla extract 115g sour cream, room temperature 500g all-purpose flour 30g unsalted butter, melted 145g packed light...

Sweet Potato and Salmon Quiche

Sweet Potato and Salmon Quiche 250g orange sweet potato, peeled, cut into 2cm pieces olive oil cooking spray 4 green onions, thinly sliced 1 garlic clove, crushed 2 cups baby spinach 3 sheets filo pastry 210g can red salmon, drained, skin and bones removed 1/2 cup low-fat feta cheese,...

Mushroom Flan

Mushroom Flan For the pastry: 150g (5 1/2 oz) plain flour 70g (2 1/2 oz) butter, cut into small pieces, or hard margarine For the filling: 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 onion, chopped finely 225g (8 oz) closed cup mushrooms, sliced 50g (2 oz) Cheddar cheese, grated 1 tablespoon...

Pan-Fried Tuna with Salsa Verde

Pan-Fried Tuna with Salsa Verde Serves: 4 as a light meal 2 teaspoons olive oil 4 (about 180g each and 2cm-2.5cm-thick) tuna steaks salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 lemon, cut into wedges leafy salad and crusty bread (optional), to serve Salsa Verde: 2/3 cup loosely packed chopped...

Eggs Provencale

Eggs Provencale 4 cherry tomatoes, quartered 1/3 cup grated cheese 4 eggs pepper 1. Place pastry base into preheated Pie Maker. 2. Combine tomato and cheese, place into pastry base. 3. Crack egg on top, sprinkle with pepper. Close Pie Maker and cook for 8 minutes....

Quick and Easy Quiche

Quick and Easy Quiche 3 eggs, lightly beaten 1/4 cup milk 2 green onions, sliced 120g ham, sliced 1/3 cup grated cheese 1. Combine all ingredients. 2. Place pastry base into preheated Pie Maker, pour the mixture into the base. Close and cook for 10 minutes then turn off...

Asparagus Quiche

Asparagus Quiche 3 eggs 5 green onions, sliced 1 cup asparagus pieces, drained 1/2 cup grated tasty cheese salt and pepper to taste 1. Combine all ingredients. 2. Place pastry bases into preheated Pie Maker. Pour egg mixture into the base, close and cook for 10 minutes, then turn...

Tomato and Basil Quiche

Tomato and Basil Quiche 20g butter/margarine 1 leek, sliced 1 egg 1 egg yolk 150mL thickened cream 1/2 cup grated cheese 1 small vine ripe tomato, diced 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley salt and pepper to taste 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese 1. Melt butter...

Pumpkin and Bacon Quiche

Pumpkin and Bacon Quiche 2 rashers bacon, finely chopped 1 small onion, finely chopped 1 cup mashed pumpkin 1 cup crumbed feta cheese 1 egg, lightly beaten 2 tablespoons cream 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley salt and pepper to taste 1. Saute bacon in Frypan until crisp, add onion...

Salmon and Sweet Potato

Salmon and Sweet Potato 1 x 210g can pink salmon, drained 1 cup roughly mashed sweet potato 1 green onion, finely chopped 1 tablespoon mayonnaise black pepper to taste 1. Combine ingredients. 2. Make pies as per instructions. Note: This pie is delicious when made without a pastry top....

Chocolate Tart

Chocolate Tart Serves 8-10 Shortcrust Pastry: 150g (1 cup) plain flour 2 tablespoons icing sugar 2 tablespoons cornflour 100g chilled butter, grated 1 egg yolk Filling: 300g good-quality dark chocolate, broken into pieces 100m1 thickened cream, plus extra to serve 100g butter, chopped 3 eggs 150g caster sugar 1....

Chocolate and Hazelnut Turnovers

Chocolate and Hazelnut Turnovers 200g chocolate packet of hazelnuts 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon Puff Pastry Roll Water for brushing Chop chocolate into small pieces, put in a bowl. Bake hazelnuts on an oven tray in a moderate oven for 5-6 minutes. Remove, rub away skins with a tea...

Baklava

Baklava Makes 25 pieces 200g walnuts 300g almonds 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon pinch cloves, optional 1/2 cup (110g) caster sugar 350g butter, melted 375g packet (approx 26 sheets) filo pastry 1 cup (220g) caster sugar, extra 1/4 cup (60ml) honey 1 cup (250ml) water 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1...

Baklava

Baklava 165g ground nuts (hazelnuts, almonds or walnuts) 125g chopped nuts (hazelnuts, almonds or walnuts) 1/2 cup caster sugar 1 teaspoon cinnamon 180g butter or ghee, melted 12 sheets filo pastry Syrup: 1 cup caster sugar 1/2 cup water 1/3 cup orange juice 1 teaspoon grated orange rind 1/2...

Custard Tart

Custard Tart 1 1/4 cups plain flour 1/4 cup self-raising flour 1/4 cup caster sugar 90g butter 1 egg 2 teaspoons water, approximately ground nutmeg Custard: 3 eggs, lightly beaten 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 2 tablespoons caster sugar 2 cups milk 1. Sift flours and sugar into bowl, rub...

Sausage Rolls

Sausage Rolls The recipe makes about 24. 750g (11/21b) sausage mince 1 large onion 1/4 teaspoon mixed herbs salt, pepper 4 thick slices white bread warm water 2 x 375g (12oz) pkts puff pastry 1 egg-yolk 1 tablespoon cold water 1. Put sausage mince, peeled and grated onion, mixed...

Flour Tortilla

Flour Tortilla 3 cups unbleached flour 2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp salt 4-6 Tbsp vegetable shortening or lard about 1 1/4 cups warm water Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add vegetable shortening or lard. Or use a combination of half lard, half shortening. Use a fork...

Sun Dried Tomato and Feta Scones

Sun Dried Tomato and Feta Scones Yield: 12 Servings 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes 1 cup boiling water 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp dried basil 1/4 tsp salt 2 Tbsp butter, chilled 1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled 1/2 cup Skim milk 1/4 tsp hot chilli...

Vegetable Pasties (Age: 6 months +)

Vegetable Pasties This recipe’s suitable for babies aged 6-12 months and toddlers. The pasties make ideal party food and can be frozen. Pastry: 200 g butter 400 g plain flour pinch baking powder 1 egg 1 tablespoon cold water Filling: 1 large potato 1/2 small onion 1/2 carrot 1/2...

Vegetarian Quiche

Vegetarian Quiche Olive oil or canola oil spray 1 sheet frozen reduced-fat puff pastry, thawed 3 eggs 1 cup Light and Creamy Evaporated Milk salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste 1/2 cup broccoli florets 1/2 cup red capsicum, deseeded and sliced 1 tomato, diced 4 button mushrooms,...

Ham Quiche

Ham Quiche Pastry 5 eggs Diced ham pieces shallots carton sour cream Grated cheese Lay pastry into quiche tin. Beat all eggs together. Add chopped ham and shallots to the eggs. Add sour cream and mix. Add mix into the tin. Cover with grated cheese and bake for 20...

Scones

Scones Utensils: measuring cups and spoons mixing bowl scone cutter chopping board rolling pin 2 saucers pastry brush fork spoon baking tray piece of paper the size of your hand plate Ingredients: 2 cups self-raising flour 1 tablespoon butter 170 ml (3/4 cup) milk 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons...

Cornish pasties

Cornish pasties Originally the portable lunch of the Cornish working man, these pasties are great eaten hot, warm or cold and are ideal for a picnic or lunch box. Pastry: 60g/2oz butter, softened 60g/2oz lard, softened 2cups/250g plain flour, sifted 4 tablespoons cold water 1 egg, lightly beaten Filling:...

Pasties

Pasties Makes 8 pasties 500g pork mince 125g bacon, diced 1 cup breadcrumbs 1 large apple, diced 1 medium onion, diced 200g boiled potatoes, diced 1 egg 2 spring onions salt and pepper Shortcrust pastry – frozen is fine Sweat the onions in a little butter until soft but...

Pasty

Pasty Crust: 3 cups flour 1/2 cup shortening 1 teaspoon salt Cut the shortening into the salt and flour until it has the texture of cornmeal. For this you will need a pastry cutter, available at most grocery stores. Add water until the mix is dough-like. Filling: 6 medium...

Cornish Pasty

Cornish Pasty Feeds 4 300 g rump steak 250 g potatoes 1 onion, peeled 180 g Swedes or turnips sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 tbsp finely chopped parsley or thyme 1 tbsp water or stock Crusty hot water pastry (see recipe below) 1 tsp plain flour...

Vegetable pasties

Vegetable pasties This recipe’s suitable for babies aged 6-12 months and toddlers. The pasties make ideal party food and can be frozen. Pastry: 200 g butter 400 g plain flour pinch baking powder 1 egg 1 tablespoon cold water Filling: 1 large potato 1/2 small onion 1/2 carrot 1/2...

Cornish Pasties

Cornish Pasties Serves: 6 2 large diced potatoes 250g diced steak or lean minced beef 2 diced onions 2 tablespoons chopped parsley 2 diced carrots 2 tablespoons peas 3 tablespoons water 1 beef stock cube 3 thick sheets ready made pastry 1 egg yolk 1 tablespoon milk 1. Combine...

Vanilla Slice With Passionfruit Icing

Vanilla Slice With Passionfruit Icing 3 slices of puff pastry 1 cup (220g) caster sugar 1 cup (125g) custard powder 1.25 litres (5 cups) milk 50g butter 2 egg yolks 1- 2 teaspoons vanilla essence For the icing: 2 cups (320g) Icing sugar 50g butter, melted pulp of 3...

Har gau

Har gau 150g green prawns, diced 1/4 cup bamboo shoots, diced 2 teaspoons Chinese cooking wine 1 tablespoon soy sauce 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil 2 teaspoons cornflour pinch salt pinch sugar 1/2 cup corn flour 2 tablespoons rice flour 1 tablespoon potato starch boiling water # Combine all ingredients...