beef cooked rare wrapped in pastry and cut in half

Pastry can lend itself to a variety of recipes, both sweet and savoury, and the many different varieties of it give, well, great variety in these dishes. Below are our favourite pastry recipes from across the board to get you into the spirit for tonight. If all goes to plan, we’ll be snacking on homemade jam tarts by the time Paul spots the first soggy bottom.

Basic sweet pastry

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It’s important to get the basics right, and this basic recipe for sweet pastry from Jamie’s America is straightforward, versatile, and delicious.

Puff pastry

Homemade puff pastry is a bit of a weekend project, but it’s super-impressive and super-delicious to make from scratch. Once you’ve cracked the process, you’ll be star baker every week.

Steak pie

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This one is about as straight-up and hearty as they come. There’s little to say about steak pie beyond the fact that it’s unbelievably comforting, and although in the UK many of us are likely to associate it with late-night trips to the chippy, this homemade version, with its trustworthy ingredients and gorgeous homemade puff-pastry lid has all the same charm.

Pasties

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Cornish pasties are a national treasure. We’ve got a few versions available on this site (some more traditional than others), and although none of them can claim to be authentically Cornish, they’re all delicious. The newest addition to our pasty gang is the veggie one from Jamie’s new book – give it a whirl!

Wellingtons

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Wellington is another fantastic savoury use for pastry. If you’ve never tried it, you’re missing out. Jamie’s turkey wellington is a total treat, but fear not – we’ve got a killer vegetarian Wellington recipe right here.

Jam tarts

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Jam tarts are a team-time shortcrust pastry classic, and a brilliant thing to make with kids as they’re super easy and delightful to look at. Sure, summer’s sort of come to a close, but think of these as a warm-up to mince pies in a couple of months.

Chocolate tart

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We reckon this chocolate tart recipe is one of the most delicious, seductive recipes on our whole site. Honestly – just look at that thing. The subtler, sharper flavours of cardamom and raspberry are held up by a punchy 70% dark chocolate.