Chicken Pot Pie with Homemade Puff Pastry

Chicken Pot Pie with Homemade Puff Pastry Recipe | ZoëBakes | Photo by Zoë François

There are very few things that say comfort food like a chicken pot pie. I go for the classic combination with chicken, peas, carrots and a parsnip for flare, in a rich creamy white sauce that is made with fresh thyme and parsley. The whole thing is draped in a crust of homemade puff pastry. It is this last detail that transforms this bastion of Americana into something utterly sublime. The mille feuilles (thousand leaves) of pastry are baked as a golden brown crown that adds the flaky contrast to the creamy stew below. Seriously folks, it got me mother of the year status in my house! 😉

Puff pastry is the ultimate dough in any home or professional kitchen. One that is not at all difficult to make, but it requires some of your time and a bit of your patience. The store bought version may be convenient but it will leave you feeling lackluster, while the homemade dough will make you weep. In order to get the flaky puff that gives this dough its name, you must diligently “laminate” layers of dough with layers of butter, about one thousand in all. It is the butter that create steam as the dough bakes, which causes all the layers to separate into a flaky crust. Once you work with and taste the pastry you will understand why it is worth every moment that goes into its preparation. I make a batch that will easily prepare pot pie for dinner, a napoleon for dessert and flaky caramelized palmier to dip into my morning coffee. Or, the dough can be frozen for a month.

Do you have pie questions or need to troubleshoot your recipe? Check out my guide on how to make pie crust.

I’ve made several pot pie recipes and this time I tried one from Christopher Kimball’s latest kitchen tome The Cook’s Country Cookbook. It is a very simple and fast recipe that makes a chicken pot pie worthy of my puff pastry. I baked it in these fabulous individual red Le Creuset Stoneware Heart Ramekin with Cover.  

Puff Pastry by Zoë

Dough layer:

2 ounces (1/2 stick) soft unsalted butter

2 1/2 cups (11 1/2 ounces) all-purpose flour

1 cup (3 3/4 ounces) cake flour

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 cup cold water

Butter layer:

1 pound (4 sticks) soft unsalted butter – not so soft that the stick can’t old its shape when picked up.

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

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1. Make the dough by putting the 2 ounces of butter, flours, salt and water into your Stand Mixer
with the Dough Hook. Mix until the dough is smooth, about 5 minutes.

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2. Press the dough out onto a sheet of parchment or a Silpat. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

3. While the dough is chilling prepare the butter layer. Mix together the 1 pound of butter, 2 tablespoons of flour, and salt until very smooth. there should be no hard lumps of butter.

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4. Once the dough is chilled Roll it out into a large rectangle that is 1/8-inch thick, about 12×18-inches. Spread the butter over 2/3 of the dough with an Offset Spatula. Be sure to leave about 1/2-inch border around the butter.

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5. Now you need to “lock in” the butter, so that it won’t leak out of your dough while you are working with it. Fold the 1/3 of dough that has no butter over the middle 1/3.

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6. Fold the last 1/3 of the dough over the middle again. Press the edges shut, to lock in the butter.

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7. Place the dough back onto the tray and cover with plastic wrap. refrigerate for 20-30 minutes. You should check after 20 minutes to make sure the butter is not getting too hard.

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8. Take the dough from the refrigerator and roll it out to the 12×18-inch rectangle again on a lightly floured surface. Be sure that you are careful not to squeeze the butter out of the ends of the dough. In fact, you want to avoid the edges as much as possible as you are rolling.

9. Before you begin folding the dough brush the excess flour off of the dough with a Pastry Brush.

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10. You are going to fold the dough in thirds again, like a letter. Start with one end and fold it over the middle section. Brush off the excess flour. Fold over the other side.

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11. Gently roll the dough out a little bit so that the layers will chill faster when you stick it back into the refrigerator. Sometimes you can roll it quite a bit and others the butter is too soft or hard or the dough is resisting. If the dough is resisting, give up and cover it with plastic.

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12. Now you have completed your first “turn” of the dough and you need to mark it as such. It is traditional to make an indentation in the dough, either with your finger or the blunt backside of a knife. If you are using parchment paper you can mark the turns right on the paper.

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You need to repeat steps 7-12 a total of 5 more times, you will have 6 full turns by the end. As the layers of butter get thinner and thinner the time needed between turns in the refrigerator gets shorter. By the final turn you will only need to let it rest for about 10-15 minutes. If your dough is behaving well, you may even get 2 turns in one go. Don’t rush the dough, it is best to keep the dough chilled.

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Now your dough is ready to use or freeze.

To make and bake the Pot Pie:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Use the pot pie recipe of your choice.

Cut the puff pastry dough in half. Roll out one half until it is 1/8-inch thick. Wrap and refrigerate or freeze the other piece of dough. It will last in the refrigerator or about 3-5 days, frozen it will last for a month.

If you are using the heart shaped baking dishes you can measure the outside of the lid and that will give you the right size dough. For any dish without a lid you need to measure the dish and make sure the dough measures about a 1/4-inch wider than the dish on all sides. As the dough bakes it will rise quite a bit and shrink in width. BTW-you will not use the lids for baking this!

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Fill the baking dish with your filling, nearly to the top, but not quite.

Top with the dough. Tuck it into the pot so that it isn’t hanging over the edges.

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Bake for 20-30 minutes or until the sauce is bubbling and the pastry is a golden brown.


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246 thoughts to “Chicken Pot Pie with Homemade Puff Pastry”

  1. Yahoo for the new Mac! Everything looks great! Nice job on the puff pastry. I just learned how to make it. It is oh so good! And I LOVE the red heart dishes, those are the cutest things ever! What a great meal!! I can’t wait to try this out!

  2. What a great puff pastry tutorial! I’ll just have to try my hand at it soon!

    I had never seen the Le Creuset heart-shaped dishes, but they truly are irresistible.

  3. Wow that looks so good. I love how you made little heart chicken pot pies. Wonderful. I would love a chance to win the ramekins. There are great.

  4. Just got a new macbook as well, and I love love love it! That said, I have been intimidated by puff pastry, but this gives me confidence!

  5. OOOO that looks soo good. My kids love the pot pie I already make but this is something I have to try. I will even make the pastry. As for the ramekins, they would just make it all perfect if I won!!

  6. I recently made homemade chicken pot pie, but topped it with phyllo I had on hand. It was perfect on a chilly night. And not only does that baking dish make my heart melt, I think Le Creuset in general makes me weak in the knees.

  7. What a great step-by-step guide to making puff pastry. The pictures are so helpful, thank you…And the heart shaped dish is so precious it lured me intro leaving a comment (a food blog first for me)!

  8. I made chicken pot pie last night but it paled in comparison to this one. Zoe, yours looks absolutely beautiful. And yes, I would love a heart-shaped Le Creuset too! It would be fantastic for my husband’s favorite cherry-chocolate bread pudding….

  9. Chicken pot pie is one of my favourite comfort foods. And how cute would it be to serve it in the heart shaped Le Creuset ramikens?

  10. Love, love, love chicken pot pie. I make mine with a biscuit crust (which is delicious), but your puff pastry is a big notch upward!

    I’d love the fabulous heart-shaped bakers! Thank you!

  11. Oh, what a wonderful present it would be to win a LeCreuset heart-shaped baking ramekin for my May birthday. I would love to introduce my daughter to the deliciousness of homemade chicken pot pie in such a special dish. What a treat!

  12. That looks so delicious it’s making me drool at my desk. Yes, please I love, love, love LE CREUSET and I heart you even if I don’t win.

  13. I make pot pies often.. I love Ina Garten’s chicken pot pie recipe…. my pot pie dishes aren’t nearly that cute. I would love one of those beautiful dishes!

  14. Mmmmm. That looks fabulous. I’m a big fan of Cooks Illustrated/Cooks Country.

    My mom doesn’t like cook, but I sure do, and would love to win!

  15. Beautiful! Puff Pastry is one of many winning concepts to learn from Julia Childs. I agree that it is worth the effort. The hearts are adorable – and you show what to do with the covers! Thanks for the post. Homemade is always best 🙂

  16. Those look absolutely beautiful. I make a chicken pot pie that is very tasty, but use regular pie crust. Puff pastry would make it extra special, I think.

    And those heart-shaped dishes are adorable!

  17. It’s gorgeous! And three of my favorite things–puff pastry, chicken pot pie, and Le Creuset!

    I made puff pastry once, for the Daring Bakers–and you’re right! It’s not difficult, it just requires time and patience. But it’s worth it.

  18. Oh, pot pies…the epitome of comfort food! I’ll have to share this recipe with my Mom. She passed down her recipe to me, along with her love of Le Creuset, mais naturellement!

  19. What a great idea to use the lid as a template for the top crust! Thank you for a great recipe and all the photos.

  20. Beautiful photography, beautiful pie. I’m impressed.. I’ve always thought of puff pastry as a store bought only kind of thing.
    Sign me up for the drawing! beautiful dish for mother’s day, thanks!

  21. What a perfect pot pie & for the lesson on puff pastry. Count me in on the draw for the adorable Le Creuset ramekin…my little Mamma would have loved the color!

  22. I love making chicken pot pies and I adore the color red (take a look at my blog and you’ll see ;)) so I would love to win this! Your pot pie looks so delicious.

  23. thanks for the tutorial on puff pastry Zoe! I’ll be bookmarking this one 🙂

    p.s. don’t need to enter me in contest. No heart pots in my kitchen 😉

  24. I’ve been wanting to try homemade puff pastry, and this looks like a good reason to try it. I know my mom would love this dish, but so would I…

  25. Wow! that is dedication!!! 🙂 I just might have to give this a try, because they only have the not-real-butter puff pastry in my grocery store.
    Those heart shaped dishes are adorable!

  26. nossa!!ganhar um coração da creuset,é um sonho.Sempre,quis ganhar uma panela da creuset,é um sonho desde criança,pois tinha uma tia que tinha um conjunto em um tripé,e eu amava aquelas panelas meio alaranjadas,sempre pensei que ia ficar de herança para mim ,pois gosto de cozinhar desde os 10 anos de idade.Nao ganhei e não psso adquiri-la pois foge do meu orçamento.então gostaria muito de ganhar.Pense em mim com carinho,mesmo morando muito longe daonde vc se encontr’.Seu blog é maravilhoso sempre passo para dar uma olhadinha.abraçvos Ana Eneida.

  27. Well…my mother doesn’t enjoy cooking too much, but I certainly do (and I’m a mother as well), so I would definitely put this heart-shape dish to good use, especially around Valentine’s & Sweetest Day! Count me in please 🙂

    More importantly—I love homemade chicken pot pie. Yours looks especially good—worth the effort to make homemade puff pastry even!

  28. First off that Pot Pie looks so delicious! I want one now!! YUM! Second, yes my mom and I both would LOVE to have one of dishes!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  29. I love that little heart shape pot. Too cute! The pie looks pretty tasty too. I love pot pie and homemade puff pastry just makes it over the top!

  30. Ooh, beautiful! I’m sure my mother would love this, and would probably use it for some of the meals she bakes and brings to her mother… double gift! 🙂

  31. Wow, that looks so good. And I *hate* chicken pot pie. I’d love to make a steak & kidney pie for my mom in those adorable ramekins.

  32. One day I will work up the courage to make my own puff pastry – I can only just imagine how wonderful it is! I’m just getting started on my comfort with dough now – working my way through ABin5 – but puff pastry remains a future goal. Love the heart-shaped Le Creuset!

  33. What a beautiful heart shaped pot! I have the standard Le Creuset in the same colour 🙂 Your pot pie looks fab – chicken and mushroom is usually my favourite homemade pie.

  34. So cute! My mother always makes coeur-de-creme for valentine’s day, so this might inspire a new mother’s day tradition of pot pies!

  35. I kept reading this recipe for the fresh thyme because I have some leftover from a shepherd’s pie I made last night for St. Patrick’s Day – only to discover that such a thing as a mini red heart Le Creuset exists! I’ve been trying to justify splurging on the big one but anything mini is infinitely better.

  36. I would love the Le Creuset Heart Pans…They’re so adorable. Thanks again for an awesome bread making book! You have saved our family tons of money!

  37. I would absolutely love to give my mom one as a gift… she’s a Le Creuset addict but doesn’t often treat herself. She certainly deserves it!

  38. Hi Zoe, love the site. There is NO better comfort food then Chicken Pot Pie and what could be more comforting than those adorable dishes?

  39. Macintosh rules! I’m still running Tiger on an iBook G4. Re the Le Creuset ramekins, PICK ME, PICK ME! My granddaughter would love it and it would surely class up my pot pies!

  40. You are so right. Chicken pot pie is a total comfort food, and the puff pastry is just the best!! Yours looks so delicious. It puts me in the mood for some right now. And, what a generous give away. My mom would totally love a le creuset pot (but then again, who wouldn’t?)!

  41. Pot Pies and Mac n Cheese and Tuna Casserole – grew up on these and they still are at the top of my favorites list. I’ve done pot pies with savory pie crust but not the puff pastry – need to try that next. Hmmm all three would be good in that heart pot 🙂 mmmmmm

  42. I’ve made many pot pies in my lifetime (86 and counting) but never in such a cute ramekin. And I agree that Mac n Cheese would also be great bake in one. That has to be one of my husband’s favorite meals.

  43. This reminds me of making puff pastry 30 years ago for a vol-au-vent for our parents. It was wonderful but I had much more patience (and energy) back then. Now, I’m afraid my puff pastry comes from the supermarket. But good luck if you try this. The difference is amazing.

  44. These pot-pies look *fantastic*!!! I love making homemade pot pies for my husband and daughter and I will have to try out your recipe! Also, the heart ramekin is adorable. I know my Mom (or my little girl) would love to have their pot-pie served up in one of these little cuties! Thanks for a wonderful post!

  45. What a clever idea !! Heart shaped pot pies… So homey and warming.
    I would love to get one to show my love to my family

  46. yum! I love chicken pot pie. I remember as a kid my mom would make it for me and my brother in blue ceramic mugs. I miss those days! I’ll have to recreate it with this recipe. I have all the ingredients on hand 🙂

    Those heart ramekins are adorable though! It would be awesome to make some pot pie for her in one of them! Please put me in the running!

  47. I’ve always wanted to make my own puff pastry, but the butter just scared me off! Maybe if I could win the ramekin I’d give it a try though. =)

  48. I would love to win the bakeware so that I could make the potpie FOR my mom! Thank you for the opportunity 🙂

  49. I looooove pot pie. One of my fondest memories from my childhood, Grandma’s chicken pot pie.

    The little red ramekins are too cute!! love them.

  50. This looks delicious & Pot Pie is one of my favorite foods. This is the first time I’ve really been tempted to try puff pastry – you’ve made it look easy! I’ll let you know how it turns out.

  51. That looks so delicious! My boys would love it. My mom’s a good cook, but I’d really like to give a heart dish to my grandmother for Mother’s day. She’s a wonderful woman and a wonderful cook too!

  52. What a great looking potpie! I ‘m having great fun working my way through your ABI5M cookbook – my family thanks you every day!

    I wouldn’t turn down 1 of those cute little red ramekins with a lid. ;o}

  53. What darling little pots! Of course, I’d love to have one. You’ve made it look especially delicious with that yummy pot pie in it – one of my favorite all-time dishes!

  54. Oh my gosh! These dishes are TOO CUTE! I can’t wait to try this recipe – potpie is my hubby’s favorite. I make it for his birthday every year, and this is just in time for his big day, April 18! Thanks for sharing!

  55. this is so glam.
    i love the candy-apple red of the ramekin (:
    just another reason to start baking again like i used to!

  56. I’ve always wanted to make my own puff pastry but with the weather here (heat and humidity) I’ve always been nervous to try! Maybe I should rethink 🙂

    Love this pot pie!

  57. I just came across your blog and that pot pie looks AMAZING!

    I need those ramekins in my life. They make my heart melt.

  58. wow! gorgeous…we love pot pies in this house, but these are much more beautiful that mine 😉

    followed a link over from tastespotting to check out your recipe, but while I am here sure I would love a chance to nab one of those le creusets. whose wife WOULDN’T love it? I know mine would.

    keep up the nice work!

  59. Oh my, It’s not that I want this, I NEED it, oh my. Too cute!
    I make pot pies often here in rainy Oregon. Shepard’s pie would be good baked in one of these cute ramekins as well. I’d love to win, wish me luck.

  60. YUMMY! Going to have to try this one, certainly seems easy enough. The ramekins are very cute, what fun it would be to win! Thanks for sharing your talents with us in Cyberland.

  61. My mom has always wanted a Le Crueset pan, but has never been able to afford one. It would be wonderful to be able to give her this sweet little pan for mother’s day!!!!

  62. Absolutely love your blog – many days it feels like a quick taste of Cordon Bleu School!

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  63. That looks amazing! You can almost smell it through the computer screen! My mom would LOVE one of these for mothers day.

  64. Looks delicious…Those heart shaped ramekins look absolutely lovely. I too have made some individul pot pies but not in heart shaped ramekins…Too cute!

  65. Homemade puff pastry…I’m impressed! 🙂 Of course, when you have an adorable little pot like yours, I can see why you’d want to go the extra mile.

  66. That pot pie looks delicious! I’m actually craving some right now,but have run out of bits and pieces to make it with 🙁
    Still, here’s to comfort food!

  67. Ooh I haven’t had chicken pot pie in more than 5 years!! The pictures make my stomach growl 😛 I never knew what a Le Creuset pan was, but now I am curious. It would be great to bake a chicken pot pie for my mother for Mother’s Day 😉

  68. The tutorial is fantastic! Puff pastry’s been on my list for quite a while (I finally made the ricotta last week after reading about it here ohh a year ago or so? ha!). Thanks for the great step-by-step!

  69. OOhhh La la…I love it. The heart shape is adorable and the Pot Pie is the Cats Meow!! Great Giveaway. I loove your Blog. I found it on Foodgawker.

  70. I have tried puff pastry a few times and am not 100% satisfied with the results. I know it will take practice and am not opposed to trying again and again until I get it right. I am going to try following your directions to see if it works out better for me. I would also LOVE to be a winner of the little Le Crueset pot. I will keep my fingers crossed!!!

  71. That is the cutest ramekin ever! I am way too intimidated to try the puff pastry though. Yours looks perfect. Maybe someday I will attempt it; thanks for such detailed instructions.

  72. OMG!! That Le Crueset is beautiful!!! I’d never seen that one! My mom and I would love it in our kitchen. We had to save a lot of money to buy our big orange one!
    Congratulations on your blog. I love comming here and reading your posts and recipes!

  73. So cute! And the pot pie looks killer, too! I would particularly like a ramekin as I *used* to have some great red le Creuset ramekins (not heart-shaped though) until SOMEONE (ok, my ex) “accidentally” took them with him after we broke up… and I have not yet been able to secure replacements.

  74. Oh My! I’m pregnant and have been craving a good chicken pot pie for weeks, especially today and now I just found this on food gawker… if only I had the energy to make it! Looks delicious!

  75. The little heart shaped pot is darling. I love chicken pot pie and am excited to try my hand at the puff pastry. Steph

  76. I think if I won this, I’d keep it for myself as these days my mom tends to enjoy letting me cook dinner now 🙂 Plus my love for all things Le Crueset is much deeper than hers, which is ok…I’ll find something great for her mother’s day gift!

  77. Hi Zoe! The pot-pies look lovely, and I know my mum would love a heart-shaped dish. 🙂 I can’t wait to try the puff pastry, though it might have to wait until summer holiday. I love my job but it doesn’t leave a lot of time for playing in the kitchen. 🙂

  78. Your puff pastry looks amazing. I have always wanted to make puff pastry, but I was always too intimidated too. You made it look so easy. I am definitely going to try to make it!

  79. I have always wanted to make my own puff pastry — thank you for pointing the way!! I would love to win this for myself — as my mother doesn’t love to cook, I would love to cook in it for her, what a treat!

  80. Beautiful puff–I’ve not made it that way–I do the wrap the puck o’butter in the envelope o’ dough. Just went through a primer over at my place too. The Hinternet is full of serendipity! Lovely pot pies; like the heart shape 🙂

  81. Wow – that looks amazing. Puff pastry is still one of those things that’s in the “I’ll let someone else make it” category, but I love the little heart ramekin dish. Thanks for posting this!

  82. I’d like to try the puff pastry . . . if only to experience/taste the homemade ONCE! Thank you for the tutorial and the encouragement. And congratulations on the new Macbook.

  83. What a cute pot pie! I love the step-by-step photos.

    Thanks so much for the chance to win that cutie pie ramekin.

  84. That looks super yummy. You definitely earned mom of the year with that one. I’ll definitely have to try it for some special occasion or other.

  85. I used to love chicken potpie, haven’t had it in years but that might have to change!

    What a cute little shape too! Except…I would probably use it for flourless chocolate cake and forget to make the pot pie ;o)

  86. That’s so cute! I need to make puff pastry again, it’s so much easier than people think.

    I’d love to share the heart-shaped ramekin with my mom – she has a lot of dietary restrictions but I just showed her for her birthday that she CAN have cake if she gets creative and now she’s trying to get back into baking.

  87. I love the look of that. It would be perfect to give to my mom as she’s single and rarely has time to cook for herself anymore. I could make it ahead and she could just pop it in when she had time!

    I’ve always wanted to try making puff pastry, one of these days I’m going to get ambitious and do it!

  88. Thanks for the puff pastry primer! I love those little heart shaped ramekins but I don’t know that I would have ever thought to make pot pies in them. What a happy combination!

  89. Who wouldn’t love that adorable little ramekin – especially filled with chicken pot pie, which is always my comfort food of choice. Thanks for the inspiring puff pastry demo too!

  90. This would make my mom’s cooking for one glamorous – certainly helpful through the transition! Seeing the love right there!

  91. Fate! I was just browsing for a chicken pot pie recipe when I came across yours! WOW!! It looks absolutely delicious and your puff pastry is to die for! Love the heart ramekins and they would so complete my family of heart pans. Thanks for your beautiful blog!! In the words of my daughter, “It Rocks!!!”

  92. I love those heart ramekins. I think my mom would love it too. My dad passed away in September after a short battle with cancer and I think one of those would bring a smile to her face!!!

  93. YOU get a prize for making your own puff pastry! One of my latest peeves expressed on is that I have heard many restaurants and individuals use frozen puff pastry. I know it’s a lot of work- I made it in high school with a friend – we constructed napoleons , and it took us 3 days! Thanks so much! ps I LOVE chicken pot pie..hint hint…

  94. That looks downright DIVINE! A recipe worth all the effort for the puff pastry for certain. Thanks for the primer and all the great photos!

  95. I love my mother’s turkey pot pie. Maybe I can get her to make me some in one of those adorable ramekins!

  96. Chicken Pot Pie is a big favorite in our household.
    Got my fingers crossed on a lucky draw for the cute Le Creuset ramekins!

  97. That Le Creuset ramekin is the cutest thing EVER. My husband’s mum loves Le Creuset – this would make the perfect mother’s day gift either for her, or for my own mum with her teeny tiny oven – perfect!

  98. I just got my first Le Creuset cookware and love it. I’ve been telling my mom how amazing it is so being able to give her one for her to use would be fabulous!

  99. Hi! I am a working mom that rarely gets time to cook a good wholesome meal. I found your site today and it’s got me really wanting to spend more time in he kitchen. I do make desserts and simple things with my 9yo daughter. I’m sure she would love making pot pies in the cute heart-shaped creuset with my hubby for me on Mother’s Day. She loves doing little things like that!

  100. I sooo love Le Creuset and my mom would love this piece. She used to have a few Le Creuset pieces but they were destroyed after one particular move. And the heart shape would really be perfect to give to her for Mother’s Day…it would show that deep down in my heart, I’m always her little girl!

  101. Great tutorial on how to make puff pastry! I used to love doing that. It’s a little more challenging when you live in Florida, but I really have to try it.
    Love the le Creuset heart dishes – adorable.

  102. Yum Yum!! Great directions and photos. I may just give this a try when I have a spare Saturday. How cute in that little heart dish.

  103. Those pictures are mouthwatering! Good choice on the Macbook – and the little heart cookware is calling my name…!

  104. I can’t wait to try this. This is exactly what I’m looking for to feed my little ones and yet a perfect stand alone for my wife and I. My little Vivi will absolutely love the bake ware too. Enjoy!

  105. Thank you for the wonderful puff pastry tutorial! I grew up with puff pastry from the freezer- Mom would use it for guests by filling sheets with spiced ground beef or sauteed apples and baking till browned. People would then cut off their own rectangles for serving.

    Now that she lives on her own, I think she would love to make her own little pot pie. Thanks for the giveaway! (even if I don’t win 🙂

  106. i have a couple of Le Creuset pots and pan that are used on a regular basis. This covered dish would have good company. I would use it in honor of my mom who no longer resides with us on earth.

  107. Making puff pastry is my favorite pastry dough! Using good butter, there is no bought version that can touch the well done homemade. Great pot pies. So cute with those pans. Congrats on the new macbook. Todd.

  108. I so am going to make those pot pies!
    My mama is crazy about anything red. The Le Creuset ramekin would make a wonderful mothers day gift for her!

  109. Mmm pot pie. Mrs. Appleyard did 7 turns and claimed 2187 layers, back in the early 60’s. It looks like 6 turns makes 729 layers, for what it’s worth. Never tried to make it myself before, but this beautiful post might make me go out and buy tons of butter to try. Some day.

  110. Oh…so cute…
    I deserve the heart ’cause I’m a new mom of a lovely 6 month old boy and love your site and don’t have ANY le creuset pan !!!! =))

  111. I’d love to make a vegetarian version of this – now I’ve just got to get over this mental block I have about making puff pastry!

  112. my mum and i have always wanted a le creuset!! 🙂 thanks for posting the puff pastry! i am actually craving for some right now!! 😛

  113. those heart shaped ramekins are adorable! and your chicken pot pie looks so good. if i didnt live in a dorm id love to make some right now 🙂

  114. Wow! I’m craving everything bread and pastry related lately and this pie fits the bill and the creuset!

    My mum and I will be flipping coins for that ramekin…

  115. Hi Zoe…chicken pot pie is a real favorite of mine….you make the puff pastry look like something I might be able to do…remember if it wasn’t for you I wouldn’t have known how easy bread was to bake…My daughter who is a Mom of a toddler and who loves to cook and who loves LeCrueset would love this heart dish…so If I was picked that’s who would get it!! Thanks for always having wonderful recipes….Sue in Atlanta…

  116. That is the first time I’ve seen puff paste that didn’t look to scary to try! I would love the ramikins! Mom’s gone but I’d love to impress my new mother in law with a dish made in these.

  117. I LOVE those ramekins. Thanks for the primer on puff pastry. I always felt intimidated to make it. I am sure my family will love the chicken pot pie!

  118. You have inspired me to try puff pastry! I usually purchase it, but after looking at your photos, I think I can do it.

  119. That puff pastry looks wonderful! And I’ve always admired those heart dishes in the store… sign me up for the giveaway!

  120. Hi Zoe, I stopped by to see if I could find a cake recipe for my husband or ideas. So amazing looking through your posts. You have such finesse. What I love most is that your passion for baking and creating really comes through!

  121. I’d love to offer one like this to my mother! Unfortunately I am so far away, I live in China and won’t be able to be with her on Mother’s day! I know she is always on your site and might be very very happy to know she was chosen! Congrats! I love your recipes! You have two generations following you!

  122. My mother passed away 2 years ago in May and I miss her.

    She made the best potpies for us in pyrex custard cups. It was great coming in from school smelling the chicken soupy smell and looking forward to the little pies.

    you made me smile…..

  123. That heart shaped dish is ridiculously cute! And I NEED potatoes in my Chicken Pot Pie but I have never tried using parsnips…

  124. I hope I’m not too late. Have always enjoyed pot pies. Now that I am lactose intolerant I have come up with non-dairy substitutes that taste great! I’d love to try out that dish. Thanks for hosting the Give Away.

  125. Hi Zoe,
    I’m writing this on my iTouch while I’m waiting for my son . You’ll love the MacBook. Graphics & photos are great with it.
    I,d love to try the puff pastry although it looks intimidating


  126. I make chicken pot pie all the time. It’s one of the favorites of my kids and the people at work, but I’ve never given homemade puff pastry a try. After your tutorial, I’m going to give it a shot. Thanks for the inspiration.

  127. Great tutorial, thanks! I live in Guatemala where we can`t get pre-made foods for most things, so homemade recipes are awesome. I used your fondant recipe for my son`s pirate cake in December and I`ll definitely be making puff pastry in the near future.

  128. mmmm. potpie is my favorite. We love to make a cheesy ham pot pie as well as chicken. I never thought to make small individual ones.

  129. Hey, Zoe, all looks good! Wonderful recipe for the dough, will be trying that for sure. Beautiful Le Crueset-never seen those before! Looking forward to many more recipes!

  130. Thanks for your yummy posts. I would indeed love to try your home made pot pie recipe!! My mother is my best friend and truly an angel in my life! I would love nothing more than to serve her dinner in one of your beautiful stonewear hearts! It would be totally unexpected, in lieu of the traditional sweets! You are amazing and I love your site. Sometimes I think you ‘hold’ my marriage together! :)BTW, I made the candied grapefruits – FANTASTIC recipe!

  131. Wow! I’ve always been afraid of making my own puff pastry but this gives me hope 🙂 And those heart shaped pots are truly a nice little touch.

  132. those heart-shaped ramekins are awesome! i would love to have one!! and thanks for the step-by-step tutorial on how to make homemade puff pastry! i agree, it does not compare to store-bought.

  133. Love this recipe! The heart dish is beautiful and I could use it to cook a pot pie for my grandchildren on Mothers day!Thank you for the how to photos!

  134. This le creuset pot would bring a tear to my mother’s eye. She loves to cook for me. The recipe sounds so good , I may make her a pot pie.

  135. Perfect!! I was just looking for a recipe for these exact heart ramekins. So cute! Valentine’s Day, here I come!

  136. I have never been on this website before…it wont be my last….I cook at a assisted living for 11 women…They will love the individual pot pies I am going to make them….the heart shape pan would be wonderful to make a pot pie for my hubby…..

  137. I would love the heart shape pan. I have recently become a stay at home mom thanks to my amazing husband and try to make things from scratch as often as possible.

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