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.
Apple tart to you and me: this Italian version of our good old apple pie is totally addictive, so if you fancy a change from the usual desserts, give it a go.
This can be made with a combination of leftover turkey or chicken and pieces of cheese. You could also add some chopped pieces of ham if there is some left over. Having said that, I think this tastes so good that it is worth cooking some chicken spec
These make delicious party snacks and go well with chutney recipes. They can be frozen before cooking and then glazed and cooked from frozen for about 30-35 minutes.
This is without doubt the easiest apple pie in the world. No special pie tins needed, no lids to be cut and fitted, no tiresome fluting of edges. It's also a beginner's dream because, somehow, the more haphazard the whole thing looks, the better.
Once on a holiday in New England, I found it very hard to order any dessert other than pecan pie. Since then I have loved to try out all the different variations of this classic - and this one here achieves, I feel, just the right degree of moist sti
A less frugal version of this can be made for a special occasion by substituting 1/2 pint (275ml) cream for the milk.
Maybe the speediest dessert ever, this luscious tart combines hedgerow berries and Bramley apples in a classic pairing that will have you asking for second helpings!
Parmesan cheese pastry, with a filling of Gruyere and onions makes a tart perfect for lunch, a light supper or a picnic.
A new take on a retro classic, this gorgeous tart is full of flavour, with onions, Parmesan cheese and crème fraiche providing plenty of creaminess.
These delightful tartlets contain a combination of melted cheese, lightly sautéed asparagus tips and whole, lightly baked eggs. They are simple to prepare and just need popping into the oven 12-15 minutes before they are served.
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