Saturday, 18 December 2010

mince pies many ways


... as you know, i had great plans to make my own mincemeat this year but you see life just has a habit of getting in the way... and just as I was feeling guilty... (that's Christmas blog guilt to you and I dear friends).... suddenly two amazing things happened...

... one, I took a trip to Fortnum and Mason in Piccadilly, which quite frankly has to be the MOST Christmassy place in the whole world and is sure to put you in the Christmas spirit even if your heart is the size of a shrivelled sultana covered in ice, and discovered their mini mince pies which have lemon and orange peel in their pastry crust...

...and two, I discovered Marks and Spencer Chocolate Mincemeat... oh yes, you read the right... CHOCOLATE mincemeat... need I say more?!?


... now i've gone a little crazy here because I wanted to make traditional mince pies but also wanted to try my hand at a couple of other ideas i'd seen over the years... one is a mince pie topped with a light coconut macaroon topping... and the other is a rolled 'strudel' style pie, inspired by my mum's regular strudel.


... ive also gone pastry crazy and done two types of sweet shortcrust... one with the grated lemon and orange zest and one chocolate shortcrust, with cocoa powder sprinkled in,  just in case you don't get the full chocolate hit from the mincemeat... you simply make a regular sweet shortcrust pastry and add the extra ingredients before you add the water... simple.

... we also have a carol service at our local church tomorrow and I thought i'd take these with me for some festive pre-singing fun... Christmas has well and truly arrived!

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