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Classic Mince Pies Recipe

Mince pies might seem too much of a faff to bother making at home, but once you can make shortcrust pastry they are actually rather simple. They will also be far better than even the fancier shop-bought ones, which tend to have overly sweet crumbly pastry more akin to shortbread than pastry. Plus, the dried fruit in mincemeat clearly counts as one of your five a day, right? Continue reading Classic Mince Pies Recipe

‘The English Pear’ Pizzas

We’ve never met anyone that doesn’t like pizza – it’s so comforting, versatile and fun to make that we can’t ever imagine getting bored of it. Here we’ve used a BBC Good Food recipe for the pizza base dough (we’re not bread masters, sorry) and then came up with a couple of yummy toppings for you. A pizza and prosecco night would be the perfect … Continue reading ‘The English Pear’ Pizzas

The English Pear: Sweet Potato and Mixed Bean Veggie Chilli

With freshers week upon us, we’ve put together some staple recipes to get you through the term. Whether you’re a first year just finding your way around the kitchen and need a little bit of help, or a final year student looking for some new recipes to cook with friends then these are great for you too. We hope you like them and wish everyone a good start to term! Continue reading The English Pear: Sweet Potato and Mixed Bean Veggie Chilli

The English Pear: Homemade Fish Finger Buns

“I can’t bear fishing. I think people look like fools sitting watching a line hour after hour–or else throwing and throwing, and catching nothing.” – George Eliot, Middlemarch The humble fish finger sandwich is a much-loved part of English culture. This recipe tells you how to make your own fish fingers and tartar sauce, and when put together with some watercress in a brioche bun and … Continue reading The English Pear: Homemade Fish Finger Buns

The English Pear: Savoury Galettes

This Pancake Day we have decided to stray from the norm and leave the maple syrup to one side (at least until after the savoury pancake round). The French galette, made with buckwheat flour, is one of our favourites and reminds us of holidays in France. We’ve got two fillings for you: one classic with ham and cheese, and the other Spanakopita-inspired with spinach and … Continue reading The English Pear: Savoury Galettes

The English Pear: Jacket Potatoes 2 Ways

Sweet Jacket Potatoes 2 Ways: Homemade baked beans and Tuna Avocado Salad   “What I say is that, if a man really likes potatoes, he must be a pretty decent sort of fellow” – A. A. Milne We think it’s fair to say that the jacket potato has become something of a student staple, and rightly so. With this recipe we’ve reworked this go-to in … Continue reading The English Pear: Jacket Potatoes 2 Ways

The English Pear: Christmas Lebkuchen

‘’I don’t know what to do! I am as light as a feather, I am as happy as an angel, I am as merry as a school-boy. I am as giddy as a drunken man. A merry Christmas to every-body! A happy New Year to all the world! Hallo here! Whoop! Hallo!” -Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Lebkuchen are one of our favourite Christmas treats, but … Continue reading The English Pear: Christmas Lebkuchen