How to Convince Your Friends You’re Good at Cooking: Emergency pies

Coming up to Christmas there are lots of parties and gatherings going on all over the place, many requiring you to bring food. So here’s something quick, easy and impressive, but most of all tasty and home-made for you to bring along with you.

Key skills taught: Quick Pie fillings


What you need:

Every pie recipe in this article will start from the base of eggs and condensed milk, and will be assuming you will be using a pre made pie crust. For the basis of these fillings you will need

  • 4 eggs
  • 400g condensed milk (1 small can)
  • 1 pie dish


  1. Combine the condensed milk and 1 whole egg in a bowl with a whisk
  2. Separate the yolks of the 3 remaining eggs and add them into the condensed milk and whisk to combine
  3. Add in any additional flavourings to your mixture
  4. Pour into your pie base
  5. Bake at 200 degrees Celsius on the middle shelf of your oven for 10 mins
  6. Lower the temperature to 170 degrees Celsius and bake for a further 30 mins
  7. Remove and allow to cool completely before serving


Additional flavourings:

Sweet potato:

This will work with other firm, sweet vegetables like squash and pumpkin. Simply bake the potato and mash it until completely smooth. Combine with the egg-condensed milk mixture along with any seasoning of choice, I personally use cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, 5 spice and some salt.


Melt some chocolate in the microwave or over a water bath and combine with the egg-condensed milk mixture. This will work better with milk or dark chocolate as the the flavour of white chocolate can get lost in the condensed milk flavour. Salt would also be a great choice to really bring out the sweetness and bitterness of the chocolate, but aside from that use what you want.


Very similar to chocolate, just melt the toffee before adding to the mixture.


Caramel is a simple case of adding a can of pre-made caramel to the mixture. You can use home made caramel of course, but that will be much harder. Salted caramel is also delicious and to do that I’d recommend salting to taste and garnishing with sea salt.


This will work for any citrus fruit, but works best with lemon. Add the juice and zest to taste into the mixture, remember the juice will add more acidity so be careful. I would also recommend mixing a teaspoon of corn starch with water until it’s fully dissolved and adding that in order to help it solidify. You can also add some fresh fruit into this like strawberries or raspberries for interesting combinations of flavours and textures.

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