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18 pastry meals to indulge in this winter

Who can resist the delicious piping hot smell of pastry wafting through the house during the chilly months? Warm up from the inside out with this sensational range of sweet and savoury pies, tarts or galettes. Sort through these mouth-watering recipes for a winning weeknight dinner or delectable family treat!

By Milla Novak
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    Spinach, blue cheese and ricotta galettes

    Cheese lovers, listen up - these spinach, blue cheese and ricotta galettes are a dream come true! Encased in a golden pastry shell and topped with walnuts, this recipe is everything you need for a midweek dinner.

    Nadia|

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    Vanilla custard and burnt-toffee tart

    This crème brûlée-inspired tart is the ultimate in sweet decadence, with its crunchy burnt-toffee topping and oozy vanilla custard filling. Serve chilled or just-caramelised for a satisfying crack and silky inner.

    Nadia|

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    Fish pie with kūmara topping

    Poached fish is mixed into a creamy white sauce and covered in a cheesy kūmara topping in this fish pie recipe, taking the family favourite to new heights. It's so simple to pull together and will always be a crowd-pleaser!

    Nadia|

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    Eggplant and tomato pies with cheesy yoghurt tops

    Covered in a layer of delicious cheesiness, these little pies are incredibly moreish! They're packed with eggplant, tomatoes and mushrooms, making for a tasty combination of vegetarian goodness.

    Food|

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    Spiced pumpkin pie

    Perfect in both sweet and savoury dishes, pumpkin is simply divine, especially in this delicious spiced pumpkin pie that is brilliant served with crème fraîche, whipped cream or yoghurt.

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

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    Spiced pumpkin pie with maple crème

    Mum just loves a pumpkin pie and she’s always experimenting with them. This is her best yet! Served cool with silky maple crème, this luscious pie is everything you could desire in a winter dessert.

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

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    Chicken, mustard and bacon pan pie

    This lid-only pie is so easy to put together and it’s a favourite with everyone who tries it. It's an ideal size for one or two people, leaving a little bit left over for a tasty lunch the next day.

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

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    Broccoli and three cheese pie

    We love this pie, which is really a tart, given it doesn’t have a lid! Combining the magic of goat's cheese, mozzarella and feta in a homemade gluten-free shell, it's a tantalising dish that is perfect for a midweek dinner.

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

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    Fish and leek pie with caper parsley peas

    This is a big family-style pie, but it can easily be pared back to suit one or two. It's a scrumptious way to add some fish to your weekly menu, and the pairing with caper parsley peas makes a well-rounded meal.

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

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    Rhubarb crème fraîche galette

    This clever recipe emulates the famous combination of rhubarb and custard, enclosed in a golden pastry shell. It's a dessert made for sharing, so enjoy with friends and family as a great excuse for a winter gathering.

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

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    Cheesy tomato and mustard tart

    Halfway between a tart and a quiche, this is a no-fuss, easy savoury dish to whip up for brunch. Enjoy a slow start to the day with the family, or make it the night before and take a slice for a quick grab-and-go breakfast on a busy morning.

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

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    Potato, herb and crème fraîche pie

    This pie is an absolute star! If you're firmly loyal to the traditional bacon and egg pie, try this and we're sure you’ll be converted. After all, you can't beat the combo of potato and crème fraîche!

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

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    Vegetable shepherd’s pie

    Swap out the mince for lentils and add a bunch of veggies! This vegetarian shepherds pie is oh so tasty.

    Supplied|

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    Family chicken pie

    Reach for this chicken pie recipe when you're craving something truly comforting. Enjoy served in wedges with salad and mashed potato for a deliciously hearty family meal.

    Woman's Day (NZ edition)|

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    Pear tarte Tatin

    A tarte Tatin is fast, simple and always a pleasure to eat. For this pear version, we’ve poached the pears quickly to infuse them with flavour, and to help soften any that are underripe. Enjoy for a sweet and indulgent dessert.

    Nadia|

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    Walnut, whiskey and salted caramel pie

    This pie is given a lively hint of spice from the addition of rye whiskey, which pairs magically with walnuts and salted caramel. Complete with a homemade sweet pastry base, this recipe is all you need for a winter dessert.

    New Zealand Taste|

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    Rhubarb galette

    We’ve had fun here with a herringbone pattern on the tart, but you can place the rhubarb in a variety of ways. Try longer strips, or just short pieces spread loosely for a more rustic approach.

    Nadia|

  • 18

    Potato and mushroom pie

    For a vegetarian meal that is warming, nourishing and full of flavour, you can't look past this potato and mushroom pie. This recipe makes three 1-litre pies, so it's perfect for a night of winter entertaining.

    Woman's Day (NZ edition)|