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.
Simply the old favourite apple tarte Tatin turned into a savoury version, red onions are mellowed and caramelised with balsamic vinegar, and look spectacularly good. The cheese and thyme pastry provides the perfect background.
Delia describes this vegetarian tart as the 'easiest and most sublime tomato recipe on record'. We're sure you'll agree - serve it at barbecues, picnics and any other outdoor event.
Using smoked fish in a tart gives masses of flavour - and all you need to accompany it is a green salad or some steamed veg.
Crisp, flaky pastry encasing creamy filling with snippets of smoked salmon - do tarts get any more luxurious than this?
Here Delia has brought together two of her favourite summer foods - peppers and tomatoes - and transformed them into a wonderful tart for the colder months.
I've always wanted to do a non-meat equivalent of a pork pie and at last I've achieved it – serve with home-made pickles or chutneys. This is perfect food for outdoor eating and picnics
This American idea for making a pie is blissfully easy – no baking tins and no lids to be cut, fitted and fluted. It looks very attractive because you can see the fruit inside and, because there is less pastry, it's a little easier on the waistline.
Home-made individual bacon and egg pies, baked in patty tins or as a whole pie, make a very good and easily transportable picnic dish. Alternatively, they are nice served warm after the picnic if the weather wasn’t up to scratch. For a whole pie, use
No one could fail to be delighted with these gorgeous little pies...in summer, they're perfect for picnics or for lunch, served with salads and chutneys.
I find Cornish pasties often have too much pastry and not enough filling. However, the traditional filling of steak, potato and turnip is so delicious I now make one big pie using this filling – which is also a lot quicker than making individual past
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