Mince Pies

Merry Christmas all! Well, it’s been a very long time since I’ve posted on here, but that’s not to say that I haven’t been baking – I just haven’t been uploading, so apologies for the long delay. For Christmas I decided to make Jamie Oliver’s Mince Pies which include TWO different types of pastry. I have to say I didn’t make the pastry as Christmas is always very busy – so shop bought was my method. But never the less – here is Jamie’s recipe for the most beautiful looking mince pies going – really yummy with a cup of tea and just the right size so you don’t fill up before the Christmas cheese board 🙂

Merry Christmas all – more recipes to come!

Holly xx

Ingredients:

  • 100 g good-quality mincemeat
  • 25 g dried cranberries or blueberries , chopped
  • 2 clementines , zest of
  • 1 splash sherry or brandy
  • flour , to dust
  • 250 g puff pastry
  • 1 pack filo pastry
  • 50 g butter , melted
  • 1 free-range egg , beaten
  • 50 g flaked almonds
  • icing sugar , to dust

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400ºF/gas 6. Scoop the mincemeat into a mixing bowl and mix in the dried berries, the clementine zest and the sherry or brandy.

2. Dust a clean work surface with flour and roll out the puff pastry into a big rectangle about 20cm x 40cm and the thickness of a pound coin. Thinly spread the mincemeat over the pastry, leaving a 1cm gap around the edges. Tightly roll up the pastry, lengthways, like a Swiss roll, place it on a floured tray, and pop in the fridge to firm up.

3. Take two cupcake trays (for 12 cupcakes each) and butter each one lightly with the melted butter. Place one layer of filo pastry over the tray (you may need more than one sheet to cover each tray depending on the size of the sheets) and ease the pastry into each hole. Brush with the melted butter, then cover with a second layer of filo pastry. Brush with butter again.

4. Take the puff pastry roll out of the fridge and, with a sharp knife, cut it into 24 slices. Place each slice, flat-side down, into a filo-lined hole. Brush with the egg and sprinkle a few flaked almonds on top of each little pie, then pop both trays in the oven for about 25 minutes, until cooked and golden brown.

5. Leave to cool, then crack the individual pies out of the trays. Dust with a little icing sugar before serving.

 

Vegetable Bake

Vegetarian Bake

Vegetarian Bake

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is one of my own recipes that I invented to get rid of some of the left over Christmas goodies lying around the kitchen and in the fridge. Its tasty enough as it is but if you wanted you could always add some chicken into the mix to make it a bit more substantial.

Ingredients:

  • Red onion
  • Red pepper
  • Potato
  • Carrot
  • Garlic
  • White wine
  • Thyme
  • Parsley
  • Crackers
  • Cream

Method:

  1. Heat a little olive oil in a ceramic pot and add the chopped onions
  2. When the onions are cooked, add the carrots. pepper and thinly sliced potato
  3. Add the garlic and cook off for a few minutes with a teaspoon of thyme and parsley
  4. Add a splosh of white wine and let this cook for 2 minutes.
  5. Add a large splosh of cream and season
  6. Blitz some left over crackers for cheese in a blender
  7. Put all of the ingredients into a casserole dish and add a sprinkle of the cracker mix on the top.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes and enjoy!

Merry Christmas!

The bird

The bird

Merry Christmas to all! I thought I would do a quick update after we hosted Christmas dinner at our new home. We did a Turkey crown which was gorgeous and could have fed the 5000. My mum also bought me the Britain’s Best Bakeries cook book after we saw it at the Tettenhall Craft and Food Fair a few months ago. We also sampled Baked in Tettenhall’s chocolate scones which were absolutely gorgeous – a must find/try recipe. http://bakedit.co.uk/

So here’s to a few new recipes to be featured in the coming weeks!

xx

The Table

The Table

Tettenhall Fair

Tettenhall Fair

Chocolate Scones

Chocolate Scones