Country Life’s 10 best recipes of 2020, from scotch eggs and banana bread to the ultimate shepherd’s pie

We've gone back through the 2020 archives to see the most-viewed recipes of the past 12 months. If this collection doesn't make you feel hungry, we hope you get your sense of taste back soon.

The Ivy’s shepherd’s pie

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Shepherd’s pie has long been one of the most-requested items on the menu at The Ivy. Flora Watkins shared the recipe.

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Simon Hopkinson’s Roast Chicken

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In one from our archives, Fergus Henderson chose Simon Hopkinson’s roast chicken as one of his greatest recipes ever.

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The Prince of Wales’ pheasant crumble pie

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Two years on from Prince Charles sharing this as he guest-edited Country Life, people are still enjoying pheasant crumble pie.

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Princess Anne’s devilled pheasant

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HRH The Princess Royal guest edited Country Life’s 29 July 2020 issue, which featured her favourite game recipe: devilled pheasant.

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Fortnum & Mason’s fish pie

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‘Now this is a serious fish pie, with smoked haddock, salmon and cod at its heart,’ the chefs of Fortnum & Mason wrote. They weren’t wrong.

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The Imperial War Museum’s Wartime recipes

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The 75th anniversary of D-Day inspired this look at the likes of Lord Woolton’s Pie.

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Doggart & Squash’s scotch eggs

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Back in April, of course, we had no idea that these constituted a substantial meal…

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Royal Ascot’s carrot cake

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Royal Ascot was closed to fans this year, but you could at least have a taste of what racegoers would have enjoyed.

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Rosie Paterson’s banana bread

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Country Life’s Rosie Paterson is famed, and rightly so, for her banana bread. As its popularity swept the nation like never before, she shared her classic recipe.

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Rowse Honey’s carrot and honey cake

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The chefs from the British honey company’s test kitchen gave us this one. We’re very glad that they did.

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