I was a bit concerned that Sophie's raised pie didn't meet the specifications as it had no top. I thought it was a bit of a cheat really. And I'm sorry but Mr Hollywood is not always RIGHT! If you use a raised pie mould like Julia you HAVE to raise it on the inside otherwise you can't open the mould. It's one of the few things about Paul I chafe at: he states thing as absolutes.
I love custard tarts, which is what those Portuguese tarts were in essence but I'm not about to go through all that effort. Also, it's NOT the hardest pastry challenge -- remember when they had to make filo dough (phyllo)?? Now, that's an exercise in futility imo. And haven't they also had to make streudel in past seasons?