It seems I have recipes all over the place at the moment, but I know this is one you’re going to enjoy. 

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Banoffee Pie

Jan 14 100

This was the birthday bake of request from my youngest, Fin, just recently. Lots of you asked for the recipe so of course here it is.  Whilst not strictly baking, I’m sure you’ll forgive me! I’m including instructions to make the toffee layer from sugar/butter and cream so you don’t have to use condensed milk if you don’t want to.  

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Rhubarb Pie and a Spot of Pie Art!

This recipe is for a ‘Pie Art’ Pie allowing a little extra pastry for decoration.  If you struggle with pastry then the addition of an egg yolk as part of the liquid to combine it is a brilliant addition.  It makes the pastry so much easier to work with, it’s far less likely to become overworked and elasticky, it’s a breeze to roll out and it doesn’t crack and fall apart! 

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Sweet Potato Pie

Sweet Potato Pie

Okay it’s not a pie, it’s a tart…. but I think sweet potato pie sounds better!

A thoroughly different use for Sweet Potato and a tough one to describe, think of the filling as a cross between cheesecake and a custard tart.  

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Day 11 – Pork Pies with Cranberry Jelly

On the eleventh day of Christmas The Pink Whisk sent to me…..Pork Pies with Cranberry Jelly.

(She’s nearly collapsed in a heap getting all these recipes done – but the taste testing has been fun!)

Pork Pie with Cranberry Jelly

The cranberry jelly in these pies makes for something really lovely – a sweetish jelly with the tasty pork filling and crunchy crisp hot water crust pastry.  

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Day 9 – Mini Beef Empanadas

On the ninth day of Christmas The Pink Whisk sent to me…..Mini Beef Empanadas

Mini Spicy Beef Empanadas

Makes 20 Small or 8 full size.



225g plain flour

1/2 tsp turmeric

1 tsp baking powder

50g butter

50g lard

Cold water to combine (70-90ml)


225g lean minced beef

1 onion, diced

2tbps oil

1/2 tsp cumin

1 tsp chilli powder

1/2 tsp turmeric

100ml beef stock

1 egg, beaten for glaze

Begin by making the pastry.  

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Day 8 – Baileys Pastry Mince Pies

On the eighth day of Christmas The Pink Whisk sent to me…..Baileys Pastry Mince Pies – oh yes indeed!

Baileys Mince Pies

I didn’t think you could beat mince pies made with zesty pastry (recipe here)  turns out you can – with Baileys Pastry! 

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Ham & Leek Gougere

Sounds fancy, it’s not (you know me better!)  This makes a great family tea, a change from pie and casserole but still with that give you a great big hug hearty winter meal!  This is Mum’s recipe, but I’ve fidgeted about with it of course – here’s hoping she doesn’t mind too much.

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Chicken Bacon and Leek Halloween Pies

Halloween Chicken Bacon and Leek Pies

It’s so much easier to for me to think sweet treats for Halloween – but why not try these lovely chicken bacon and leek Halloween pies,  you can also use this recipe to make a large family pie.  Once you get to grips with the glaze idea you’ll be using it on all sorts of things!

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Black Forest Fruits Puff Pies

Buttery, Puffety Pastry mini fruit pies (yes I know that’s not a real word….)

Eat them warm, eat them cold, pour with cream, with custard, just don’t eat them all yourself!

Makes 12.


1 x Block of Puff Pastry (recipe here)

450g Black Forest Berries, frozen

100g caster sugar

A little milk and caster sugar for glazing.

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