Fabulous Mince Pies

I have perfected my mince pie recipe and you must give it a go! For the pastry I made a sweet shortcrust and added the zest of an orange to it which makes the most delicious pastry. I add cranberries soaked in orange juice and zest to the bought mincemeat and it results in delicious mince pies, you will never buy another one in a shop again!

For the sweet shortcrust pastry:

150g plain flour
50g cornflour
100g chilled and cubed butter
2tbsps icing sugar
1 medium egg

Plus:

Zest and juice of an orange
1/2 jar mincemeat of your choice
30g dried cranberries

Combine pastry ingredients in a food processor until it comes together adding a small amount of water if needed.

Wrap in cling film and chill in fridge for at least an hour to allow the pastry to relax. Soak the cranberries in the orange juice for this time and then add to the mincemeat with some more orange zest.

Roll out the pastry and cut out the bottoms and stars for the tops, fill with mincemeat and bake at 200 degrees for 15-20 mins until nicely browned. When cool, sprinkle with icing sugar. Stores for a good 5-6 days in an airtight container if they last that long!!

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Christmas presents

My eldest daughter and her lovely family
Jack with his new keyboard – following in Dad’s footsteps!

My beautiful girls, Katie and Laura

Katie and Ryan

Liam with his Cars Aquadraw mat – he loves Cars!!
A few pics of the kids with their presents. We had a lovely Christmas and we are all spending New Year’s Eve together for the first time so we are really looking forward to it.
Happy New Year to everyone, hope 2011 brings all you wish for.

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Very Productive day today!

Due to being snowed in I have had a very productive day!! I finished Katie’s Princess chipboard album at long last using the gorgeous Imaginesce papers and bits and bobs and made my grandsons’ christmas card using Peppers Christmas chipboard shapes. I made them an easel card and used the FF papers to make an insert.

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