Sunday, 15 December 2013

Mince Pie Christmas Biscuits

It's being to look a lot like Christmas... everywhere you go. London loves Christmas. Its an excuse to have drinks, go ice skating, sing out loud in public (carols), drink gallons of mulled wine and of course gobble excessively on mince pies.

Shamefully I have been pre-occupied with sitting exams, working and coping with life that I haven't blogged in a few months...but here is the first of many to come. Thinking of New Year's Resolutions and blogging and baking more seems fairly apt.

For those who like the mince but not so much the pie, you should try these... a combination of the Christmas biscuits from last December and mincemeat!

You will need the following:
250g Self Raising Flour
100g Butter
100g Soft Light Brown Sugar 
(or Caster Sugar if that's all you have in your cupboard!)
1 Egg
½tsp Mixed Ground Spices
1¾tsp Cinnamon
 4tbsp Mincemeat

Extra Flour for rolling
Rolling pin
Christmas Cutters

Pre-heat your oven
Cream together the butter and sugar
Add in the egg
Sift in the flour and spices
 Mix until combined into a solid cookie-like dough

 Then flour your work surface and rolling pin
If you prefer you can half your mixture and roll out half at a time
Roll your mixture to the thickness of a £1 coin
'Dollop'  the 4 tablespoons of mincemeat onto the pastry

Take one end of the pastry and fold over a third.
Then repeat and fold over the other end of the pastry so your pastry is in thirds.

Use your cutter to push down and cut out the shapes

Place on a baking tray that has been lined with greaseproof paper 

Place in the oven for 8 minutes, if they look uncooked/raw or slightly wet looking,
put them back in for 2 minutes more.


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