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The Pie Project: raspberry ripple ice cream pie

Recipe adapted from

Brrrr. It’s the middle of Winter, what am I thinking?

Surely ice cream is appropriate at any time though, especially if it’s homemade and covered in raspberry sauce!

250g chocolate biscuits (not chocolate-coated)
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
120g unsalted butter, melted

500ml (2 cups) full-cream milk
1 vanilla bean, split
6 egg yolks
125g caster sugar
2 teaspoons cornflour
200ml thickened cream

60g caster sugar
250g fresh or frozen raspberries
1 lemon, juiced

Step 1. Place the biscuits and cocoa powder in a food processor and process until the mixture resembles fine crumbs. Add the butter and process to combine. Use the mixture to line a greased 27cm pie dish….

The Pie Project: mini apple and honey galettes

Recipe adapted from

I’m not going to lie: I am very much enjoying this easy, ready-made pastry thing.

As much as I love the measuring, the mixing, the folding, the chilling and the rolling of homemade pastry (okay most of the time I hate it, but when it turns out well it’s flipping great), ready-made is a lifesaver when you’re not in the mood. So naturally, these little galettes are as easy as pie (hahahahahahaha). Not only is the pastry already done for you, but there are literally only four other ingredients. Four! They’re not even hard ingredients. Apple,…

The Pie Project: Cherry and Chocolate Puff Pastry Pie

Easiest. Pie. Ever.

After my last pastry making disaster I wanted something simple, and what’s simpler than pre-made puff pastry?

It turned out to be just as tasty as it was simple — the perfect thing to throw together when your sweet tooth is nagging at you but you’re out of mini kitkats (or is that just me?). A word of warning though: it’s a pretty small pie. Mine yielded about four good-sized pieces, and was gone within a few moments.

My edits to the recipe were fairly minor: a few less chocolate chips and…

The Pie Project: apple, blueberry and hazelnut pie

I fell in love with this pie the moment I laid eyes on it over on Daisy and the Fox. It combines all of my favourite things, and the photos are so deliciously stunning that I couldn’t resist.

The whole process was going swimmingly, until it came time to put the whole thing together. I blame it on my pastry-eating addiction. I swear I didn’t eat that much but it was quite a stretch to fit the base, and I all but ran out for the lovely thick lattice on top. I…

The Pie Project: Banoffee pie

Would you like to hear a secret? I used to hate bananas. Hate them. For the first twenty or so years of my life I thought they were the devil. I thought they were weird and gross and wrong. Put any other piece of fruit in front of me and I’d go nuts, but banana? Nope.

I’m not sure where my banana hatred went, but now I actually like them. I’d even go so far as to say I may even love them, at least…

The Pie Project: mini apple pies

An awful lot of time, energy, and a melted silicon spatula went into these little pies (unfortunately yes, I do mean literally. Don’t worry, I didn’t eat those ones). They were truly an adventure.

The original recipe was for fried pies, and I promise I really did try. I’ve already admitted that I’m not the best cook, and although my baking skills are getting better my frying skills are still pretty lacklustre. Maybe a fried food project should be my next project. Sorry, waistline.

After a few failed…

The Pie Project: raspberry cardamom almond tartlets

Technically not pies, but close enough. My beautiful friend/unofficial sister in law got married a few weeks ago and had a super delicious, bring-a-plate take-a-plate reception afterwards. My plan was to take these tartlets, as well as some salted chocolate chunk cookies, and be heralded as some sort of master baker queen. My own ego was my downfall however, and I ended up only taking the cookies as the tartlets didn’t match up to the perfect image in my head (the cookies were a little bit overcooked too, but I had to…