Category Archives: Baking

Christmas pies from Pieminister

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  As much as I love a nice pie, pastry isn’t my forte. Even the ready-made, shop-bought stuff can be too much of a faff. So I was delighted to … Continue reading

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Goat’s Cheese and Beetroot Tartlets with ‘Spice Tailor’ Papaya Chutni #National Curry Week 13-17 October

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  It’s National Curry Week (13-19 October 2014) and I’m getting involved with a week of Indian recipes inspired – and facilitated – by TV chef Anjum Anand’s Spice Tailor chutnis (which is the … Continue reading

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Review: Higgidy Chicken Pot Pie with Ham and Leek

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It pains me to say this, but this Higgidy Chicken Pot Pie with Ham and Leek is better than anything I’ve made. In the past, I’ve cooked several chicken pies, … Continue reading

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Fig, Roasted Red Pepper and Red Onion Chutney Tart with ‘Applewood Spreadable’

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This very-simple-to-assemble puf pastry tart is a vegetarian’s dream. It’s both sweet and savoury and packed with bags of flavour. The Appplewood Spreadable base gives the tart a creamy smokiness, … Continue reading

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Melt-in-the-Middle Pesto Chicken in Filo Pastry

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This lighter twist on the chicken Kiev is packed with just as much flavour. The pesto oozes out as a lovely surprise when you break through the crispy filo. I’ve … Continue reading

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Higgidy Chinese Spiced Beef Pies

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How about giving ordinary beef mince pies an Oriental twist with this extremely tasty recipe from Camilla Stephens’ splendid ‘Higgidy Cookbook’?  Camilla is the founder of Higgidy, which you may … Continue reading

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Blackberry and Apple Tarts with Ribena-Plus

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With autumn rolling in, apples and blackberries are turning ripe for the picking! These simple Apple & Blackberry Tarts – with added Ribena Plus – are the perfect treat to … Continue reading

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Very Easy Meringue Nests

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These meringue nests are a doddle to whip up – and they keep for ages in an airtight tin. Use whatever fruit you like to decorate them. The more colourful … Continue reading

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Paul Hollywood’s Portuguese Custard Tarts

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I got the recipe for these from Paul Hollywood’s How To Bake book. He says: ‘These deep-filled tarts encasing a rich, cinnamon-scented custard in a light, flaky puff pasty are … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: How to make…Brioche

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I’ve searched high and low in local shops and supermarkets for brioche rolls for my homemade burgers, but with no joy. So I decided to make my own. This recipe … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Green Chilli Corn Muffins

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These savoury corn muffins are great for breakfast with crispy muffins, but they’re also fantastic for mopping up spicy gravies, like the sauce in a chilli con carne. I’ve, er, … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Hoi Sin Duck Pizza

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  Two of the greatest takeaway dishes in the history of British cuisine are pizza and Chinese crispy duck. So why not combine the two? This pizza makes a fantastic … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Blueberry Breakfast Pancakes

Fancy a change from toast and cereal for breakfast? My three kids love these American-style blueberry pancakes. Blueberries are a ‘super food’, packed with vitamins and anti-oxidants, which makes them … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Spooky Halloween Cupcakes

Perhaps it’s the full moon, but for some reason I’m not half as grumpy about Halloween as I was last year. Then, I fell into the Victor Meldrew stereotype of … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Moshi Monsters Fruit ‘n Nut Rox Cakes

My kids have started to get into comics just lately. Before, they’d nag me to buy them for the plastic bit of tut on the cover, but now they actually … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Diamond Jubilee Cupcakes

  Cakes and fancies are not my strength, but with the Diamond Jubilee coming up, I figured it was time to RISE (!!) to the occasion by making these regally … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Jubilee goat’s cheese pizza with figs, pears, peppers and walnuts

  I love goat’s cheese. Its creamy texture, its earthy flavour, its versatility. Unfortunately, my kids aren’t so keen, so when I was contacted by @ethelthegoat and invited to take … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: My wife’s Superduper Megaloaded Surbocharged Pizza

There are several culinary things my wife does better than me, and here in reverse order are those things: 5. Poach an egg (I can’t stand them) 4. Cook fish … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed Vlog: How to make fully-loaded homemade pizza (plus how to roast and peel perfect peppers)

You wanna a pizza me? I said, YOU WANNA PIZZA ME? Ahem! Apologies for the appalling grammar. Anyway, today’s Recipe Shed theme is PIZZA: The Vlog. Starring…my lovely Successful Other … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Chicken & ham pie with Heston Blumenthal’s sprout leaves and glazed carrots (and a nice cup of tea!)

This week’s Recipe Shed is dedicated to Ben from MutteringsofaFool. He got a Pieminster book for Christmas and is keen to show off his skills. Meanwhile, I got Heston Blumenthal … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Hand-Me-Downs – My Mother-in-Law’s Classic Tiramisu

I appreciate these photos aren’t great, but they were sneakily shot while my Mother-in-Law wasn’t looking during our visit there last week. She’s quite guarded about her Tiramisu recipe, given … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Spicy Lamb Filo Parcels

I love the versatility of mince. And I love lamb samosas. Put the two together and Hey Presto! Mince magic. I’ve stopped short of calling these ‘samosas’ because when I … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: 3 ingredients, perfect pizza. Made by my kids.

  I’m raiding Nick Coffer’s excellent ‘My Daddy Cooks’ book this week because, well, it’s excellent. He claimed his quick and easy pizza was, er, quick and easy and would … Continue reading

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Recipe shed: Sticky Gooey Easter Bunny Krispie Cakes

Now I apreciate that not every household will have leftover chocolate bunnies or eggs from Easter, but our three are so ridiculously spoilt (bribed) in the treat stakes, these three … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Rachel Allen’s (modified) Chicken & Ham Pie (*doesn’t include ham!)

For this week’s Cookalong Friday, fellow foodie and blogger  John Clayton and I set ourselves the challenge of testing a chef of our choice. I asked my Successful Other Half … Continue reading

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