Starry Stilton Pies

40-50 minutes
40-45 minutes



  • 8oz plain flour
  • 4oz lard and butter mixed
  • pinch of salt
  • about 3 ½ tablespoons of cold water


  • 4oz stilton cheese, crumbled
  • 1 medium leek, finely chopped
  • 2 medium potatoes, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
  • salt and black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons apple puree or 1 small apple, peeled and chopped
  • egg or milk to glaze


  1. Make up shortcrust pastry; wrap in cling film and chill for 30 minutes.
  2. Mix together cheese, onion, leek, potatoes, apple and season.
  3. Roll out the pastry and using a four and a quarter inch cutter, cut out 12 rounds. Use to line a 12 hole muffin tin.
  4. Use remainder of pastry to cut out 12 stars with a 2.5" star cutter and keep to one side.
  5. Divide cheese mixture between the tins and pack down well. Place a star on top.
  6. Brush stars with egg or milk and bake for 40-45 minutes at Gas 5, 180C, 375E until pastry is golden and filling feels tender.
  7. Remove from oven and allow to cool 10 minutes before transferring to wire tray.

Nice hot or cold - not suitable for freezing.