The half moon pie lesson is about shapes – we form a circle with our dough and compare it to other circles in the class. We also ask the children to tell us what circle shapes we get in nature, e.g. the sun and moon. We make our pie by putting some nutella or jam in the middle of the pie and folding it over to form a half moon shape. This is a lesson with a lot of activity and is very popular among the children.


250 g self-raising flour
1 pinch of salt
125 g butter (cold)
125 ml cream (cold)
1 egg (whisked)

Filling for half moon pies
Cold nutella or apricot jam

Cool the nutella in your fridge for about 2 hours before using

Method for half moon pies

Pre-heat the oven to 200°C.


Sift flour and salt together.

Rub butter into flour with fingertips until it resembles breadcrumbs. Add cream, and mix until just combined. Roll out dough to approximately ¼ cm thickness. Use empty tuna tins or a drinking glass and cut out circles.

Put about a half teaspoon of nutella in the middle of the circles. Paint water around the edges of the circles and fold over to form a half moon shape.

Press the edges together with your fingertips so that the half moon pies do not open during baking. Paint whisked egg over the pies and bake for approximately 10 minutes.

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