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Easy No Pastry Pies

Updated on October 24, 2016
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Elsie has been cooking for sixty years and has many recipes. I'm sharing some with you, some are my mothers recipes, hope you enjoy baking.

Shepards Pie


Pies Do Not Always Have Pastry - But They Are Pies

No pastry pies are quick and easy to make, these recipes are from the 1960s, when cooking was easy, without all the modern how to do this and that the right way, and nobody ever said no to food, they were just great full to have a meal.

Maybe we should go back to the days when cooking a meal was easy and always tasty without all those herbs and special ingredients, and start saving money, instead of spending money we have not got, just to keep up with everybody else's cooking, as buying pastry will add more expense to the pie.

With winter and cooler weather coming in the northern hemisphere, these pies can be made in no time at all, the family will love them, but even though it's summer in the southern hemisphere you can always make a no pastry pie, great for a quick snack after a long day, even eaten cold with a salad.

Happy days cooking.

Cottage pie


Cottage pie - Shepherds pie

Left-over meat, vegetables, and gravy topped with buttery mashed potatoes were first widely known as cottage pie, whatever the meat was.

By the mid-1800's, cottage and shepherd pies were distinguish between beef and mutton-based pies respectively.

Cottage Pie

Cottage pies are made with Beef

1/2 pound cooked meat (1 cup)

2 cups mashed potatoes

1 grated onion

1/2 cup gravy or stock

1 tablespoon tomato or Worcester sauce

1 tablespoon butter

salt and pepper

Mince the meat, mix in the onion, gravy, sauce, and seasonings.

Place in an ovenware dish or greased pie dish.

Cover with mashed potatoes, dot butter over and bake in a moderate oven till heated through and the potatoes are browned.

Shepherds Pie

Shepherds pie must contain lamb

Cooks make Shepherd's Pie from the remains of a roasted of mutton, rather than raw meat.

It's a way of using leftovers for most families, rather than a dish they create from scratch.

Shepard's Pie is a "dish" - a "concept" with multiple thousands of variations.

Cumberland Pie - cottage pie topped with a layer of breadcrumbs.

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Check out the Shepherd Pie and Cottage Pie recipe. - shows you how to do the recipes from beginning to the end.

With lot's of comments what other readers have also added for different flavors and what the out come is for the old fashion Cottage pie.

How to make Shepherd's Pie - Easy Cooking!

Eggs, Bacon & Potato pie

2 eggs

Salt and pepper

2 tomatoes

125 grams (4oz) grated cheese

300 ml (10oz) milk

450 grams (16 oz) potatoes cooked and sliced

5 slices bacon (finely chopped)


Preheat oven to 180c (350F)

Beat eggs with milk and seasoning.

Alternate layers of potatoes, tomatoes, cheese and bacon and a final layer of cheese.

Pour over the egg and milk mixture.

Bake 180c (350F) for 40 minutes

Serves 4


Easy appetizer recipe to make, doing away with the hassle of making the pastry, and it still tastes great.

1 teacup margarine/butter

3 teacups plain flour

3/4 teacup grated hard cheese

1 egg, separated

1 level teaspoon salt

1 level teaspoon baking powder


Sieve the flour, salt, and baking powder into a mixing bowl and mix together well.

Add the cheese, butter and 1 egg yolk. Mix in together well to make a dough.

You can make whatever shapes you like, though traditionally cheese pies are made in a

half-moon shape. Beat the egg whites a little and then brush a little of this over them.

Bake in a medium oven, about 325-350F, 160-180C for about 15 minutes.

Eve Pudding Apple Pie. Photo Credit -
Eve Pudding Apple Pie. Photo Credit -

Eve's Pudding - no pastry fruit pie

Must have a no pastry apple pie.

285 grams (10 oz), peeled, cored and sliced apples

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon caster sugar

225 grams (8 oz) caster sugar

170 grams (6 oz) butter, melted

50 grams (2 oz) chopped pecans

125 grams (2 oz) plain flour

1 egg, lightly beaten

pinch salt


1. Preheat oven to 180 C (350 F). Lightly grease a 23 cm (9 in) pie dish with butter.

2. Fill 2/3 of the dish with sliced apples. Sprinkle with cinnamon and 1 teaspoon sugar.

3. In a medium bowl, mix 225 grams (8 oz) sugar with the melted butter.

Stir in pecans, flour, egg and salt. Mix well.

Spread mixture over the apples.

4. Bake in preheated oven for 65 minutes, or until golden brown.

Serves: 8, Prepare 15 mins, Cook: 1 hour 5 mins

Photo Credit - Basic Recipe.

I have been making fruit pies like this for over fifty years, it is a quick pudding to feed a family.

Rhubarb is another forgotten fruit for a quick dessert, just leave out the cinnamon and nuts.

Get creative and try other fruits like pears, peaches or sultanas mixed fruit and apple base with a sponge topping. Nice eaten with ice-cream. Yummy.

Shepherd Pie or Cottage Pie

Which of these two pies do you like the best?

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Pie Ready For Potato
Pie Ready For Potato

Pie Ready For Potato

When I cook, even though I am only feeding two. I still cook too much, so the next day I have left over stew.

Below you will see a way I use up the stew for a nice pie without the pastry.

Here is the stew recipe in case you may like to try it.


2 lb beef steak

1 oz flour

salt and pepper

1 oz of butter

1 onion

water (about 2 breakfast cup)

2 tablespoons of sweet Chili sauce

4 med size diced carrots

2 cups diced pumpkin

1/2 cup diced parsnips

1 cup of frozen peas

2 tablespoons of soy sauce

Cut the meat into pieces ( I like them quite big), roll in seasoned flour and brown in the hot butter, (if you add a little oil to the butter when heating up the pan the butter will not burn), nicely browned in butter.

Put the meat, onion, and sweet Chili sauce into a saucepan and add the water. Simmer for about an hour or until the meat is tender.

Add the diced vegetables and soy sauce 1/2 hour before serving, and cook.

Before I serve I thicken the stew with a little cornflour, season with a little salt and pepper and mixed with water.

Pie With Potato Added
Pie With Potato Added

Pie With Potato Added

Next day with the left-over stew, I grease an ovenware dish, (10x8) and lined it with 5 slices of toast thick bread buttered, buttered side down.

Good cup of Cheese Grated

Add the left-over beef stew, which I have warmed up in the microwave, but not too hot, as it will soak into the bread, it takes a while to heat it through, in the oven, and add the left-over mashed potatoes which I had with the stew the night before.

Cooked Pie

Cooked Pie
Cooked Pie

Cook in the bottom of the oven, 400F (200c) for about 40 mins.

Usually about 10 mins before cooked I lift the oven tray up higher, add grated cheese and grill until brown.

Be careful when grilling the top as it can burn very quickly, as it nearly did with my pie.

© 2011 Elsie Hagley

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      yum yum, you really didn't use any pastry here

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      write-with-coffee: You will enjoy a shepherds pie, mutton is one of my favorite meats as you can add anything with it without ruining the taste, every time you try a new ingredient it has new result in flavor, but still very tasty.

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      Maria K 2 years ago from Bangalore

      This is a lovely bunch of recipes! You just made me really hungry reading your hub :) I love cooking too and I'm going to try your Shepherd's pie recipe sometime this week.

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      Merry Citarella 2 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Have to stop and eat breakfast after reading this. Format looks great, BTW. I wondered what the diff was between cottage and shepherd's pie. Also love the name Eve's Pudding--Poor Eve! Can't wait to try some of your recipes very soon. Pinning.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 2 years ago from London UK

      OMG I'm starving now!! Yummy -I love your recipes - now I just have to decide which one I shall try first? Great hub - thanks for sharing.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 2 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I have to pin this to my board (if I haven't already, oh well, if I did, it goes twice - like all the choices you put here) - nice job on the layout too :)

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      vernella 2 years ago

      Never done a crustles pie, but eager to tey.looks great.thanks!

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 2 years ago from Texas

      Yummmy. I always like getting to the good stuff anyway. No pastry pies would be just right for me.

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      invictus95 2 years ago

      That egg, bacon, and potato pie looks really good. I'll have to keep that recipe in mind. Thanks for sharing! :)

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      Colin323 2 years ago

      The egg, bacon & potato pie looks good - and easy! My sort of food. Thanks for the recipe.

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      Amanda R 2 years ago

      These look delicious! I will have to make one of these soon!

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      @smine27: Thanks for the visit and comment. Looking forward to your ideas, please return and leave a link, there are unlimited ways of making pies without pastry.

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      Shinichi Mine 2 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I must try this one out. I'm already thinking of some ideas!

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      @CherylsArt: Thanks for stopping by, appreciated your visit. Must have a look through my grandmothers recipes for more dessert-like pies with no pastry.

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      Cheryl Paton 2 years ago from West Virginia

      I've made some very moist cakes before. I like the sound of your no bake apple pie.

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      Deborah Carr 2 years ago from Orange County, California

      Thanks for these great recipes!

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      GEMNITYA5 2 years ago

      Easy-no-pastry-pies-from-the-sixties really good

      (Also shared on Facebook :)



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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      @GEMNITYA5: Thanks for visiting, nice comment also the Facebook share I appreciate it.

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      @AcornOakForest: Thanks for the comment about my intro. I'm a believer about living within our means, every family is different, but the main thing is like my mother used to say many years ago (God rest her soul) "don't try to keep up with the Jones" simple living is the answer to wealth later in life.

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      Monica Lobenstein 2 years ago from Western Wisconsin

      I haven't really made no-pastry pies, but I did do a mini standing ovation at your intro so I am pinning this page. I have to admit my sweet tooth is most intrigued with the apple pie. :) I will be back!

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      @Andromachi: Hi thanks for commenting. Glad to be able to help you, actually a lot of the time when making pies I make a bread crust bottom and only put pastry on the top, making the crust at the bottom nice and crispy, love it like that.

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      Andromachi 2 years ago

      Everyone loves pie in our household and since I am not very good with making pastry I always have to buy it and you know the ready ones from the supermarket aren't as good as the ones made at home. For that reason I don't make often pies at home.

      Your recipes will help me to make tasty pies for my family without having to worry about the pastry. thank you very much.

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      Elsie Hagley 3 years ago from New Zealand

      @Heidi Vincent: I agree with you, but the end result is worth it. Still nice to have a pie with out pastry occasionally.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      Yes. Pastry is time consuming.

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      Elsie Hagley 3 years ago from New Zealand

      @Merrci: Actually pies are very popular with or without pastry in my household, but one thing it's much quicker and easier, not to use pastry. Buttered bread facedown makes a very nice crispy lining for any type of pie.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      It's great to find pies without the pastry! These look delicious. I should know better than to look at recipes when I'm hungry by now. I want a taste of each!

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      Elsie Hagley 3 years ago from New Zealand

      @Sylvestermouse: There are so many types of pie crusts, some good and some not so good. These days there are many ideas around for pie like meals that don't have pastry the ideas are unlimited, so all will be good for you.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 3 years ago from United States

      They are look delicious to me! Who needs pastry anyway :) To be perfectly honest, I have never liked pie crusts myself. I always just eat the filling out or off of them, so making any pie without a crust would be totally fine with me.

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      Elsie Hagley 3 years ago from New Zealand

      @Snakesmum: Yes there are hundreds of ideas for making no pastry pies, you can just about use any left over's instead of wasting them.

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      Jean DAndrea 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Have made egg and veggie pie without pastry - it uses up those left over veggies, and is a nice snack meal.

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      Elsie Hagley 3 years ago from New Zealand

      @ecogranny: That's a new one to me Tamale Pie, will have to look for the recipe, as I am not sure what polenta is. Yes my pies are quite filling, about the right size for family, nice with mashed potatoes and a nice tasty gravy on a cold evening after a hard days work. Nice to have at haymaking time, always goes down as a treat with a beer. The men love it.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      When I'm lucky enough to have leftover mashed potatoes, I do sometimes make a veggie version of a Shepherd's pie and we love a "Tamale Pie" made with polenta, beans, veggies and cheeses. Your recipes look filling, satisfying and delicious. Thank you for sharing them.

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      Lynn Klobuchar 3 years ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota

      I have to avoid gluten so the crust can go! Some good ideas here. Thanks.

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      Leila 4 years ago from Belgium

      I love pies, and without the pastry is mmuch easier! Thanks for the great lens!

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      Jo-Jackson 4 years ago

      We have shepherds pire or cottage pie at least twice a month. it' always popular.

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      Tara Wojtaszek 4 years ago

      These look delicious. I bet it's much faster to get dinner ready if you don't have to fuss with making a crust.

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      Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      There are a lot of pie recipes here that I never heard of, thanks.

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      Vicki Green 4 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      Nothing better than a cottage pie on a chilly winter night! Great collection of no pastry pies to try.

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      Looks so delicious. I have to try these.

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      Elsie Hagley 4 years ago from New Zealand

      @norma-holt: Thanks for visiting and the lovely comment, I appreciate it very much.

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      norma-holt 4 years ago

      Gorgeous recipes and my nan always made great pies without pastry. Blessed and have a wonderful, safe and happy holiday season and extra special 2013. Hugs

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      Elsie Hagley 4 years ago from New Zealand

      @Helene-Malmsio: Thanks for visiting and commenting. I have never heard of "the impossible pie" will have to do a search and check it out. Christmas greetings to you and your family.

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      Helene-Malmsio 4 years ago

      You have to add the classic recipe for no pastry custard pie called "the impossible pie"

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      Elsie Hagley 4 years ago from New Zealand

      @John Dyhouse: Thank you for visiting my No Pasty Pies from the sixties, yes cooking in those days wasn't like these days, and it still tasted nice and a joy to eat. Christmas Greeting to you. Happy cooking.

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      John Dyhouse 4 years ago from UK

      I certainly do! Love especially shepherds pie and cottage pie - great stand-by's after the weekend joint of meat. Lots of interesting recipes to try to non that would defeat a mere male who finds cooking with more than one pot impossibly difficult.

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      Elsie Hagley 4 years ago from New Zealand

      @BarbRad: Thanks for the nice comment. Castor or caster sugar is the name of a very fine sugar, so named because the grains are small enough to fit though a sugar "caster" or sprinkler.

      We can buy it in New Zealand it is used for making pavlovas ( meringue cake with whipped cream and fruit). Hope that helps, a very fine sugar.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 4 years ago from Templeton, CA

      These pies look good. But what is caster sugar? I'm not familiar with that term.

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      darciefrench lm 4 years ago

      You got my attention - these are definitely my kinds of pies to make :)

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      GramaBarb 4 years ago from Vancouver

      I love crustless Shepherds Pie too. Great lens.

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      Elsie Hagley 4 years ago from New Zealand

      @Success_At_School: Thanks for visiting and commenting. Yes you can't beat a Shepherd pie for taste.

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      Success_At_School 4 years ago

      Never met a version of Shepherd's Pie I didn't like - Yum!

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      whats4dinner 4 years ago

      These pies look delicious even without the crust.

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      I often make cottage pie - so simple yet so popular. Blessings.

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