Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Cheap Budget Meals Becomes Family Favourites

After writing Cheap Budget Meals for 6 months I have decided to transform it to a new weekly post called Family Favourites.

These are going to be a mixture of meals. Ones which are cheap and within budget but will also include more indulgent, treat meals.

These are meals, dishes and desserts which are my family's favourite and I am sure you and your family will love them too!

This week I am sharing an easy flaky pastry lunch time pie. These little packages are great for the kids at home to have warm and are just as good the following day for the bigger kids to take in their packed lunch.

Flaky Pastry Potato Parcels


225g plain flour
Pinch of salt
87g lard, cubed
88g butter, cubed
100mls cold water (approx)
1 egg
3 potatoes, cubed
2tspn butter
50mls milk
50g mature cheddar cheese, cubed
50g mixed peas, sweetcorn and carrots


1 - Prepare the pastry by rubbing in 1 quarter of the fats into the flour and salt

2 - Once you have a breadcrumb consistency gradually add the water a little at a time until you have a rough dough

3 - Line the worktop with clingfilm to prevent sticking and roll out the pastry into a rectangular shape

4 - Add a layer of the fats with 1 quarter of the fats

5 - Fold the bottom third up and the top third down, turn 90 degrees and roll out again, repeat the folds, wrap in cling film and place in the fridge for 20 minutes

6 - Place the potatoes in a pan of boiling water and simmer for 20 minutes

7  - Remove the pastry, add the third quarter of the fats and repeat the folding process in step 5

8 - Wrap in cling film and return to the fridge for 20 minutes

9 - Once the potatoes are soft, drain and mash

10 - Mix in the butter, milk, peas, carrots, sweetcorn and cheese

11 - Place the potato mixture into a bowl and allow to cool

12 - Remove  the pastry from the fridge and layer the final quarter of fats, fold, roll out, fold again and return to the fridge for a final 20 minutes

13 - Pre heat the oven to 180C fan

14 - Roll out the pastry and cut out an even number of discs, one will be the base and the other the top

15 - Place a spoon full of the potato mixture onto the centre of the base discs of the pastry

16 - Place the top disc on top of the potato base and pinch in the edges

17 - Place the pies onto a lined baking tray, brush with egg wash and bake for 20 minutes or until brown and crispy

Enjoy x

I am sharing my first Family Favourites recipe with

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  1. They look so delicious! #recipeoftheweek

  2. Your little potato parcels look yummy, Kirsty! #TastyTuesdays

  3. Oh these look lovely! They are very tempting, you have made them so well. My children would love this.. it is a perfect family treat!

    1. They are great for the whole family, they have become a favourite x

  4. These look So professional! I've never had a go at making this sort of pastry, but am now inspired - thank yoU!

  5. This big kid would definitely like one of these in my lunch box! They sound tasty! #recipeoftheweek

  6. Gorgeous recipe and I LOVE your plates! Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays x

    1. Thank you, I found the plates at my Nannas house :-) x

  7. Ooh yum! I am a massive fan of pastries and these look and sound just perfect :-)


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