Great British Bake Off: Tiered Pies

Episode 5: Pies

Recipe (Signature Challenge): Tiered Pies

The last challenges of the Pie episode was to make a multi-tiered pie. So kind of like a wedding cake…but with pies, haha.

Immediately I knew I wanted to riff off the concept of a 3 course meal: appetizer, main, and dessert. The competitors on the show did more “variations” of a pie – so three different kind of pork pies, etc. And their pies were EPIC. Like they looked solid bricks of meat & pastry. Mine were much more delicate. I guess it goes back to cultural differences in how we view “pie”. I see pies as being sweet – like apple pies, etc. Anything savory I associate with quiches and tarts, which are much more delicate looking. I decided to go with three different kinds of tarts: ricotta & tomato, chicken, and chocolate. Don’t worry – it wasn’t all in the same pie!

Ricotta & Tomato Pie

This was actually a pretty complicated recipe in that there were so many steps. Make pie crust. Roast tomatoes. Make custard. So once you’ve made the pie crust and blind baked it, you scatter some cheese on the bottom and then layer the tomatoes on top. You then spoon some ricotta on top and fill the rest of the pie with a custard cream mix. I didn’t use enough eggs so it didn’t set quite as well as I would have liked.



Chicken Pie

So this was my twist on a chicken pot pie. Instead of a traditional pie shape, I made it in a tart pan with a top layer. Super basic filling: chicken, mushrooms, potatoes, onions, carrots.IMG_3342


Chocolate Pie

I got to use a pastry school recipe! Woo hoo! It was a sugar tart with a chocolate ganache filling. I freaked out a bit because the ganache actually bubbled up quite a bit but once the pie cooled it went back down. I’m not sure if I cooked it for too long or if my oven was too hot…


I didn’t want these pies to go to waste – so I had some friends over for brunch:



Overall: 7/10

Next up – European Desserts!


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