Saturday, 20 December 2014

Lifestyle | Easy Christmas Baking

I love baking! I love Christmas!
So what makes that better...Christmas Baking!!! So the other weekend I decided I was going to make some super quick and easy mince pies.

I am going to be honest though and say I wasn't impressed with how my mince pies turned out as the pastry was a bit of a fail and they all got a tiny bit burnt. So I've learnt to stick to the cheat puff pastry from now on!


Ingredients
225g cold butter, diced
350g plain flour
100g caster sugar
280g mincemeat
1 small egg
Icing sugar, to dust



Recipe

First up you're going to want to take the 225g of diced cold butter and rub this into the 350g of plain flour. You're going to use hands for this and want the butter and flour to become almost crumb like.


Next up mix in the 100g of caster sugar and a pinch of salt with a wooden spoon.


Once combined you will need to kneed the pastry mix together into a ball. Do not add any liquid to the mix, you will feel like you need to in order for it to stick together but the heat from your hands will do this for you. At this point it's time to get the oven preheated, 200c/gas 6/180c fan.

Now that the pastry is made you're going to want to take small walnut sized balls and press them straight into your cupcake tin to make the bottom of your pies.

Then take a teaspoon of your mincemeat and place this into each of your pies.



 With the remaining pastry your going to want to do the same as before in order to make your lids to the pies. Just place them on top and give the edges a squeeze to close the pie up and seal the mincemeat in.



 They are now all good to go in the oven! As you can see the pastry makes a little of a mess and I'm not the tidiest of cooks either. Pop them into the over for around 15 to 20 minutes until a light golden brown. As you can see I left mine in a little too long and they got a little bit burnt!


But they do still taste just as good! Dollop a little bit of brandy cream with them and mmmm they make a great Sunday night treat.

Let me know if you make the mince pies and how yours turn out. What's your favourite thing to bake at Christmas?
Let me know in the comments.

Until Next Time...
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