Category Archives: Pastry

The Delia Project (#94): Caramelised Apple Flan

The Delia Smith Project: Caramelised Apple Flan

This is like a Tarte Tatin, in that is it baked, chilled and served upside down. It’s easy enough to make: in a cake tin lined with greaseproof paper, you sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon over the base and arrange sliced apples on top. Then a shortcrust pastry is laid over the top. I had an issue with the amount of pastry being not enough to fill the tin and I’m still not sure what happened there.

But… it was eaten and was therefore a success.

Here’s Delia Smith’s recipe for Caramelised Apple Flan (though I realise that mine looks nothing like hers!)

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The Delia Project (#79 ) Apple and Blackberry Pie

The Delia Smith Project: Apple and Blackberry Pie

Unfortunately my photo looks nothing like pie and I should have taken a shot when it was still in the pie dish! This pie has just a pastry lid and the pastry was nice and crusty, but when I cut into it, it kind of crumbled and revealed the apples and a huge sea of blackberry juice underneath. The kind of pie you have to drink at the end. So there was never going to be a good photo.

Looks aside, it was a tasty pie and got a big thumbs up from everyone.

Here’s Delia Smith’s recipe for Apple and Blackberry Pie.

The Delia Project (#41): Sausage Rolls with Quick Flaky Pastry

The Delia Project: Sausage Rolls with Quick Flaky Pastry

Today Munchkin #1 invited her friend for a sleep-over, so I thought I’d do an easy dinner with sausage rolls and other snacky foods.

I’ve made the Quick Flaky Pastry before, for the Flaky Fish Pie. It’s a great recipe and super-easy. But… I did stuff up making the sausage rolls. One of the ingredients – pork sausagemeat – I accidentally read as plain old pork mince, forgetting that sausagemeat contains herbs and seasoning. So unfortunately they were a bit bland.

But I’m sure there’ll be a next time, so for that I’ve found a good recipe for Homemade Sausagemeat on the ‘Recipes from a Normal Mum’ website.

The Delia Project (#6 and #7): Flaky Fish Pie and Quick Flaky Pastry

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This pie was a real winner with the whole family! I didn’t expect it to be; I imagined both munchkins picking out the ‘green bits’, namely the gherkins and capers. So Munchkin #2 did pick out the gherkins, but he also asked if I could make this again and gave it a thumbs up 🙂

The pastry, whilst tasty, wasn’t an overall success. I think I rolled it out too thick, as it wasn’t cooked all the way through and was a bit stodgy.

** Update: The Fish Pie was so good that I made it a second time, rolled the pastry out nice and thin – amazing!