I love Christmas and everything about it, decorating the tree, wrapping the presents, making mince pies & icing the cake. I had my annual traditional Christmas dinner with college girls two weeks ago and we had the works, this year each made a dish so I was on the Mince Pies and also make chocolate oreo balls! Yes I know sound bit funny but they are yummy.
I have attached pics of the Christmas table below, I wrapped the cutlery in ribbon & tied on Christmas decoration. The name tags are gift tags which I downloaded from www.eatdrinkchic.com and instead used them as place names. I also used the jumbo gift tag for my Christmas Menu.
Festive Mince Pies (makes approx 24 with star lids on top)
8oz / 225g Plain Flour
2oz / 50g icing sugar
5oz / 150g butter at room temp.
1 small egg yolk, 1 tsp cold water & 1/2 tsp lemon juice – beaten together
Filling: 12oz/ 350g mincemeat
Preheat oven to 200C
To make pastry: Sieve Flour and icing sugar together, place half the flour /icing sugar mixture in a mixing bowl, together with margarine and beaten egg mixture. Cream with a fork until well mixed. Add the remaining flour and mix to a firm dough. Knead lightly until smooth, placed in a plastic bag or cling film and leave in fridge for 1 hour.
To make mince pies: Grease the bun tins, roll out two thirds of the pastry thinly on lightly floured table. cut into rounds with a fluted cutter a little larger than the tins. Line the tins with these rounds sealing to the tins with the fingers. Place one heaped teaspoon of mincemeat in each.
For mince pie lids: Roll out remaining pastry and cut out star shapes enough to cover mince pie bases. Dampen around the edges of the pies & put on stars. Brush each with egg white. Bake for approx 30mins or until golden. Sprinkle with icing sugar before serving.
A friend of mine from New Zealand has a family tradition of making meringue mince pies, they make the pastry base as per above & fill with a tsp of mincemeat then put a spoon of meringue on top and cook accordingly. These are a yummy alternative to the traditional mince pies!
Happy Christmas & happy eating, drinking & dancing! xx
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