Delicious warming pie recipes to ward off those winter blues

Whether it’s steak and stout, fish pie, or chicken and ham, Ruth Wassel shares some moreish recipes using hot water pastry that are full of goodness and flavour

Steak and stout pie is ideal for lunchboxes, and can be adapted to make individual pasties

For many people January feels like the longest month of the year. The mornings and evenings are dark, the weather is dull and the jolly festivities of December seem like a distant memory. But a day in the kitchen cooking delicious warming winter food is the perfect antidote. Here, cookery teacher Ruth Wassel shares a basic pastry recipe that can be used to make three different pies. See for more.

Basic quick hot water ...