Category Archives: Pies

Mushroom & Cheese Tart

One of the things I love about cooking is the presentation of the finished article.  I’m quite happy pottering away in the kitchen working on the finishing touches but with two young kids it’s become less and less about good looking food and more about speed and shortcuts.Mushroom & Cheese Tart This mushroom & cheese tart looks very rustic but is the perfect quick tart.  A couple of minutes to fry some mushrooms and onions, mix up some eggs, cheese and herbs.  Unwrap some ready made puff pastry.  Throw it all together and into the oven and by the time you’ve cleaned everything up you have a delicious tasting tart.  Perfect to take on a picnic, a light lunch with a mixed salad or even as a starter.
Mushroom & Cheese Tart

Mushroom & Cheese Tart

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 2 servings for a light meal or 4 servings as a starter

Mushroom & Cheese Tart


  • 200g ready rolled puff pastry
  • 1 tblsp olive oil
  • 200g mixed mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 small onion, sliced thinly
  • 1 large egg
  • 100g Garlic & Herbs cream cheese
  • 20g finely grated parmesan cheese
  • a handful of flat-leaf parsley, coarsely chopped
  • 50g ricotta cheese
  • 6 fresh thyme sprigs


  1. Preheat oven to 220°C (425°F).
  2. Heat the oil in a large frying pan and add the mushrooms and onions.
  3. Stir occasionally until the mushrooms and onions are nicely caramelised. Set to one side.
  4. Add the egg to a mixing bowl and mix well with a fork. (Keep a tiny bit to one side for glazing the tart).
  5. Add the cream cheese to the beaten egg and mix well.
  6. Add the parmesan cheese and parsley.
  7. Mix well and season with salt and pepper.
  8. Place the pastry sheet (should measure approx. 21cm x 21cm) on a lined baking sheet.
  9. Spoon the mushroom mixture onto the pastry and spread out evenly - leaving a clean border about 3cm wide all the way round.
  10. Fold the border up and over the mushroom mixture to create a rim.
  11. Scatter the crumbled ricotta and thyme leaves over the top.
  12. Brush the pastry edges with the left over egg.
  13. Place in the oven for 15 minutes until nicely golden brown.

Mushroom & Cheese Tart


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Recipe source : Australian Women’s Weekly

Individual Apple Pies

I love Autumn.  The gorgeous colours, the crisp, frosty mornings, the change in menus from light and fresh to slow cooked comfort food.  Apple pie has to be one of my favourite comfort foods.  There is nothing more inviting than the smell of fresh apple pie cooking in the oven.  Just Heaven!!  I had a couple of apples from our tree in the garden and decided to make these cute individual apple pies to take with us on a walk to the park.
 Individual Apple Pies 2

Individual Apple Pies

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Yield: 12 individual pies


  • 600g ready made Sweet Shortcrust Pastry
  • 8 medium cooking apples peeled, cored and diced evenly
  • 1/2 cup granulated, white sugar
  • 1 tblsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 tblsps butter, melted
  • 20ml cornflour
  • Vegetable oil for greasing muffin tin


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F).
  2. Lightly oil your muffin tin with the vegetable oil.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll the pastry out to a thickness of 3mm.
  4. Cut circles for the base of the pies. The circles should be big enough so that the edges extend slightly higher than the edge of the pan. This will enable you to seal the pies properly.
  5. Cut enough circles for the top of the pies. These should be slightly smaller than the bases.
  6. Ease the large pastry circles carefully into the pan.
  7. In a bowl, combine all the ingredients for the filling together and mix well.
  8. Taste to make sure there is enough sugar for your taste.
  9. Fill the dough with enough of the filling mixture so that it is heaped high above the edge of the pan.
  10. Place the pastry tops over the filling.
  11. Using a knife or a fork, seal the edges and decorate as you wish.
  12. Cut a small slit in the top.
  13. Glaze the tops with some milk.
  14. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes.
  15. Let them cool down until they are just warm and enjoy as is or with some homemade custard.

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