Whoopie Pies

Photo by EmmCee Whoopie Pies Makes six For the Pies: 115g soft butter 200g brown sugar 1 egg 5ml vanilla essence 225ml buttermilk 60g cocoa powder 5g bicarbonate of soda 190g plain flour For the Filling: 450g Philadelphia cream cheese 150g butter 300g sifted icing sugar 10ml vanilla essence...

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...

Banoffee Pies

Photo by Alecia Banoffee Pies Makes 8 250g pkt Arnott’s Granita biscuits 125g unsalted butter, melted 380g can caramel Top ‘N’ Fill 2-3 bananas 300ml thickened cream, whipped Grated dark chocolate, to garnish Lightly grease eight 10cm loose-bottomed tart pans. Place the biscuits in a food processor and pulse...

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...

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...

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...

Banoffee Pies

Photo by Julie O’Malley Banoffee Pies Serves 6 1 x 250g pkt granita biscuits (Arnott’s brand) 125g butter, melted 2 bananas 1 x 300ml ctn double cream Caramel Filling: 1 x 395g can sweetened condensed milk 70g (1/3 cup, firmly packed) brown sugar 50g butter 1. Place the biscuits...

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...

Little Lemon Meringue Pies

Little Lemon Meringue Pies Serves 6 6 frozen Pampas sweet tart cases 160ml (2/3 cup) sweetened condensed milk 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice 2 egg whites 70g (1/3 cup) caster sugar 1. Preheat oven to 200°C. Place the tart cases on a baking tray. Bake in oven for 10...

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...

Bolognaise Pot Pies

Bolognaise Pot Pies Serves 4 1 carrot, finely chopped 400g tomato pasta sauce 400g potatoes, peeled and chopped 400g beef mince 8 button mushrooms, finely chopped 2 tablespoons grated cheddar cheese 1 onion, finely chopped 2 Tbsp milk 1 Tbsp chopped basil 1. Preheat oven grill to medium-hot. Heat...

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...

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...

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...

Chicken, Asparagus and Corn Pies

Chicken, Asparagus and Corn Pies 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 200g chicken, cooked and sliced 1/2 cup canned asparagus pieces, drained 1/2 cup creamed corn salt and pepper to taste 1. Heat oil in Frypan. Add chicken and cook until browned. 2. Combine ingredients; cool. 3. Make pies as per...

Green Curry Chicken Pies

Green Curry Chicken Pies 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 250g chicken thigh fillets, diced 3-4 teaspoons green curry paste 1/3 cup coconut milk 1 teaspoon fish sauce 1 teaspoon sugar 1/2 cup finely sliced green beans 1. Heat oil in Frypan. Cook chicken until browned. Add paste, coconut milk, fish...

Hawaiian Chicken Pies

Hawaiian Chicken Pies 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 200g chicken tenderloin, sliced 50g ham, chopped 50g drained pineapple pieces, diced 50g grated cheese 1. Heat oil in Frypan, cook chicken until browned. 2. Combine ingredients; cool. 3. Make pies as per instructions....

Sweet Chilli Chicken Pies

Sweet Chilli Chicken Pies 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 200g chicken tenderloin, sliced 1 stick celery, chopped 1/2 red capsicum, finely chopped 2 tablespoons sweet chilli sauce 2 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander 1. Heat oil in Frypan, cook chicken until browned. 2. Combine ingredients. 3. Make pies as per instructions....

Spinach and Corn Pies

Spinach and Corn Pies 1 cup chopped spinach leaves, washed 2 x 125g cans creamed corn 1/2 cup grated cheese salt and freshly ground black pepper 1. Combine all ingredients. 2. Make pies as per instructions....

Corn and Ham Pies

Corn and Ham Pies 2 x 125g cans creamed corn 100g ham, finely chopped 1 cup grated tasty cheese salt and pepper to taste 1. Combine all ingredients. 2. Make pies as per instructions....

Salmon Pies

Salmon Pies 3 x 105g cans pink salmon, drained and flaked 1/3 cup tartare sauce 3 green onions, sliced 1. Combine all ingredients. 2. Make pies as per instructions....

Seafood and Egg Pies

Seafood and Egg Pies 100g seafood extender, diced 2 hardboiled eggs, finely chopped 2 tablespoons mayonnaise 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1. Combine all ingredients. 2. Make pies as per instructions....

Open Spicy Prawn and Tomato Pies

Open Spicy Prawn and Tomato Pies 1 tomato, finely chopped 1/2 small red onion, finely chopped 1 tablespoon tomato paste 1 tablespoon chopped fresh coriander 12 small cooked prawns, peeled and deveined 1. Combine tomato, onion, tomato paste and coriander. 2. Spoon out evenly into Pie Maker. 3. Make...

Creamy Seafood Pies

Creamy Seafood Pies 1 tablespoon olive oil 200g green prawns, peeled, veins removed and chopped 150g boneless white fish fillet, diced 20g butter 1 tablespoon flour 2/3 cup milk 2 tablespoons lemon juice 3 teaspoons chopped fresh dill 1. Heat oil in Frypan. Cook prawns and fish for 2-3...

Caramel Pear Pies

Caramel Pear Pies 2 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons brown sugar 3 small pears, cored and sliced 1/4 cup cream cinnamon and nutmeg to taste 1. Melt butter in a pan, sprinkle with brown sugar and allow the brown sugar to melt and caramelise. 2. Add the pears and stir...

Apricot Custard Pies

Apricot Custard Pies 1 cup drained apricot halves, chopped 4 almond or coconut macaroon biscuits, crushed 1/2 cup prepared custard 1. Combine all ingredients. 2. Make pies as per instructions....

Apple Cinnamon Pies

Apple Cinnamon Pies 1 1/3 cups pie or stewed apples 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 1/2 tablespoons honey 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind 1. Combine all ingredients. 2. Make pies as per instructions....

Brandied Steak and Mushroom Pies

Brandied Steak and Mushroom Pies 1 tablespoon oil 200g steak, finely chopped 200g mushrooms, chopped 1 tablespoon brandy 1 tablespoon cream 1. Heat oil in a Skillet, add steak, cook until browned. 2. Add mushrooms, brandy and cream. Cook and stir for approximately 5 minutes or until mixture thickens;...

Herbed Pork Pies

Herbed Pork Pies 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 300g pork fillet, sliced 1/2 tablespoon apple sauce 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme 2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary 1. Heat oil in Frypan. Add pork fillet and cook for 3 minutes; cool. 2. Combine with remaining ingredients. 3. Make pies as per...

Ham and Asparagus Pies

Ham and Asparagus Pies 3/4 cup drained asparagus cuts 120g ham, chopped 70g cheese, grated black pepper to taste 1. Combine ingredients. 2. Make pies as per instructions....

Sausage Pies

Sausage Pies 1 tablespoon oil 1 onion, sliced 1 continental sausage, sliced 1 tomato, diced 2 tablespoons tomato paste 1 teaspoon mixed herbs 1. Heat oil and sauté onion for 2-3 minutes. 2. Combine all ingredients. 3. Make pies as per instructions....

Prosciutto, Goats Cheese and Sundried Tomato Pies

Prosciutto, Goats Cheese and Sundried Tomato Pies 4 slices prosciutto, chopped 1/4 cup sundried tomatoes, drained and sliced 150g goats cheese, crumbled 1 cup baby rocket leaves, chopped 2 eggs, lightly beaten freshly ground black pepper 1. Combine all ingredients. 2. Make pies as per instructions....

Seafood and Avocado Pies

Seafood and Avocado Pies 2 tablespoons oil 1 small onion, diced 1 clove garlic, crushed 200g fish fillets, diced 1 small avocado, diced black pepper to taste 1. Heat oil in a Frypan, cook onion and garlic until transparent. Add fish and fry until just cooked. 2. Add remaining...

Tuna and Broccoli Pies

Tuna and Broccoli Pies 1 small onion, chopped 30g butter 1 tablespoon flour 2/3 cup milk 2/3 cup grated cheese 1 cup broccoli florets, blanched 185g can tuna, drained 1. To make sauce: sauté onion in butter for 2=3 minutes. 2. Add flour and stir well. 3. Whisk in...

Seafood Laksa Pies

Seafood Laksa Pies 1 tablespoon peanut oil 4 green onions, sliced 300g seafood marinara, diced 2 tablespoons laksa paste 1/3 cup coconut milk 1/2 cup cooked and drained vermicelli noodles 1 tablespoon chopped fresh coriander 1. Heat oil in Frypan. Add onions and seafood and cook for 1-2 minutes....

Honey Soy Chicken Pies

Honey Soy Chicken Pies 2 teaspoons vegetable oil 1 clove garlic, crushed 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger 250g chicken mince 1 1/2 tablespoons honey 1 tablespoons light soy sauce 1/2 red capsicum, chopped finely 1. Heat oil in Frypan. Cook the garlic and ginger for l minute. Add the...

Mediterranean Pies

Mediterranean Pies 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 onion, chopped 100g mushrooms 4 sun-dried tomatoes, chopped 1 small zucchini, grated 2 artichoke hearts, quartered 1/3 cup tasty cheese grated 1. Heat oil in a Skillet; cook onion until oftened. Add mushrooms and tomatoes and cook for 2 minutes. Remove from...

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...

Curried Potato Pies

Curried Potato Pies 2 cups mashed potatoes 1 cup peas, cooked 1/4 cup grated tasty cheese 1/2 teaspoon curry powder 1 egg 1. Combine ingredients, mash well. 2. Make as per instructions....

Aussie Bushman’s Pies

Aussie Bushman’s Pies 200g beef steak, chopped 2 tablespoons plain flour 1 teaspoon beef stock powder 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 2 tablespoons oil 1 onion, finely chopped 100g field mushrooms, diced 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1/4 cup water 1. Toss steak in combined flour, stock powder and pepper....

Ham and Mushroom Pies

Ham and Mushroom Pies 30g butter 250g mushrooms, chopped 100g ham, chopped 1 tablespoon plain flour 1/2 cup skim milk 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1. Melt butter in a saucepan, add mushrooms and stir over a low heat for approximately 5 minutes. 2. Add ham and flour, stir...

Mexican Beef and Bean Pies

Mexican Beef and Bean Pies 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 small onion, finely chopped 150g minced beef 125g can kidney beans, drained 1 tablespoon tomato paste a few drops of Tabasco sauce (to taste) 1. Heat oil in a saucepan, add the onion and mince, cook until brown. 2....

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...

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...

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:...

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 – P

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 – 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...

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...

Christmas Mince (Fruit Mince)

Christmas Mince (Fruit Mince) As well as the fruit, spices and spirit, shredded beef suet is traditionally added to mincemeat. Not only does this help keep it, but when the mincemeat is heated, the suet melts, giving a wonderful richness. You can buy it in packets at some supermarkets...

Lemon and Passionfruit Curd

Lemon and Passionfruit Curd Makes about 2 cups 1 1/2 cups lemon juice grated rind of 1 lemon 2 cups caster sugar 180g butter, chopped 6 eggs, beaten pulp of 2 passionfruit 1. Place juice, rind and sugar into a small saucepan. Heat gently, stirring, until sugar has dissolved....

Curried Chicken and Sweet Potato

Curried Chicken and Sweet Potato 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 200g chicken tenderloin, finely diced 1 small onion, finely chopped 2 cups roughly mashed sweet potato 2 teaspoons mild curry powder 1 tablespoon milk 1. Heat oil in Frypan. Add chicken and onion and cook until browned. 2. Combine ingredients;...

Pasta Al Forno

Pasta Al Forno 1 egg 30mL milk 50g grated Parmesan cheese 1/2 cup pasta sauce or tomato puree 2 cups cooked pasta salt and freshly ground pepper to taste 1. Combine egg, milk, cheese, salt and pepper, beat lightly. 2. Add pasta sauce and pasta. Mix well. With baking...

Smoked Salmon and Asparagus

Smoked Salmon and Asparagus 2/3 cup chopped asparagus 100g smoked salmon, chopped 2 teaspoons chopped fresh dill 2 green onions, sliced 1 egg, lightly beaten 1. Blanch asparagus in boiling water for 2 minutes; drain. 2. Combine all ingredients. 3. Make pies as per instructions....

Peaches and Cream

Peaches and Cream 1 1/4 cups drained and chopped canned peaches 100g cream cheese 1 tablespoon honey 1. Beat cream cheese and honey together until soft. Stir through peaches. 2. Make pies as per instructions....

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....

Spicy Sweet Potato

Spicy Sweet Potato 1 cup mashed sweet potato 1/2 cup grated cheese 1/2 teaspoon curry powder 1/2 teaspoon mixed spice 1. Combine ingredients. 2. Make pies as per instructions....

Krispie Kritters

Krispie Kritters 1 cup white sugar 1 cup white corn syrup (Karo Syrup) 1 cup creamy peanut butter 6 cups *Kellogs Rice Krispies* cereal “optional”- can of pre-packaged chocolate frosting Place the 6 cups of Rice Krispies in the large mixing bowl and set aside. In a 2 qt...

Toblerone Krispy Cakes

Toblerone Krispy Cakes 150g Rice Krispies or Cornflakes 75g Toblerone 40g butter 2 tsp golden syrup # Melt the chocolate and the butter together very slowly – don’t let it burn at all. # Add the golden syrup and stir until dissolved # Pour in the cereal and mix...