Get the technique right - see our How to Cook section if you are new to pastry - and you can whiz up any number of pastry confections from pies to tarts, teatime treats and family puddings.
Filled with wintry root veg and a cheesy sauce, with a parmesan pastry, this pie is a real treat! Replace the lard with vegetable fat if making this for vegetarians.
'A simple but sublime tart' is how Delia describes this lovely tart, which is another mouthwatering way in which to enjoy asparagus, coupled with cream, cheese and eggs. Even the pastry has Cheddar in it for extra flavour!
Good, homely comfort food that can easily be elevated to dinner-party status is how Delia describes these elegant little pastry parcels. If you haven't tried them, you don't know what you're missing…
There's so much good-quality ready-made pastry in the shops, so you can quickly rustle up these bite-sized sausage rolls for a drinks party. Bet you can't eat just one!
Mincemeat, apple, ready-rolled pastry and you're away: what could be easier than this tart, which is perfect at Christmastime, served with custard, cream or brandy butter.
Those who find pastry difficult to make will love this recipe, where everything is put into a food processor for quick and easy pastry so you still have the superior flavour of home-made, but without the hassle!
Tarte Tatin is one of the truly great French desserts and is a gift for those who don't like making pastry cases, as you simply place the pastry over the apples to cook. Use whatever apples you like for this.
A lovely vegetarian recipe that would be ideal at Christmas. Cooking the mushrooms slowly in Madeira gives great depth and flavour, complemented beautifully by the cheese choux pastry.
This recipe is ideal for entertaining; you can make the filling and pastry cases the day before. Serve with Foaming Hollandaise Sauce, see Related Recipe below, which can also be made ahead.
The flavour of orange zest does something quite magical to the flavour of rhubarb, and this light, fluffy meringue pie is a perfect dessert for late spring. ‘Pile-it-high meringue', incidentally, applies only if you have extra egg whites to use up..
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