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13/12/2013 at 13:53
I just buy a jar of mince meat and a packet of roll out pastry, yes? Is there anything I can do to make them extra nice? I've got a lot on so don't fancy doing it from scratch but love the smell of freshly baked pies! Oh, and which pastry do I get, shortcrust or something else?
13/12/2013 at 14:00
13/12/2013 at 14:20
AK - I've never made mince pies, do you have to buy sweet short crust pastry, or is short cut pastry just short crust pastry and you don't get one specifically for sweet things.
When I've bought the ready roll stuff before I've made meat pie with it rather than sweet pies.
13/12/2013 at 14:24
13/12/2013 at 14:30
Thanks, I didn't realise you could get two types of ready roll short crust. I'll investigate and then I can add it to my Christmas baking list. Do you blind bake the bases first? or doesn't it matter really?
13/12/2013 at 14:34
13/12/2013 at 15:00
Thanks for the tip. Think i'll have a go at doing my own short crust pastry, just seen the recipe and it looks dead easy.
13/12/2013 at 15:01
13/12/2013 at 15:24
I used to make parcels with my nana with filo pastry - cut into squares and layer diagonally into a star shape, spoon in the 'mince', lift the sides twist bake and dust - et voila!
13/12/2013 at 15:34
AK - I don't let the kids help. They make to much mess. I do most of my baking when the kids are in bed actually. I'm turning into Mary Berry with my Christmas cake/biscuits and next mince pies.
13/12/2013 at 15:38
13/12/2013 at 15:54
No I can't do mess!! E wanted to paint her salt dough Christmas decs. I nearly had a fit, there was paint and water all over the place. I think I've got a bit of OCD when it comes to stuff like that.
13/12/2013 at 16:08
my mum makes amazing mince meat slices
this is her recipe:
mincemeat slice recipe
8oz self raising flour
4oz butter or marge
4oz caster sugar (granulated just as good if no caster)
milk to mix
brown sugar (see above)
Sift flour into bowl and rub in flour (or grate and mixwell with a knife)
Stir in sugar
Mix in milk and add sufficient milk to make a soft dough.
Turn out mixture onto floured board and divide into 2.
Grease a baking sheet.
roll out half dough 6" x 8" and lift half onto baking sheet.
Spread with mincemeat.
Rollout the second piece and lift on top of mincemeat.
Brush top with milk and sprinkle on the brown sugar.
Bake 190c for about 15 mins.
When cool cut into 2" slices.
13/12/2013 at 20:56
I like making mince meat swirls. Puff pastry rolled out flat. Spread on the mm. Roll up then cut into 1cm swirls.
I dust with icing sugar and back.
13/12/2013 at 21:17
I'm planning on making these with the children tomorrow
perhaps without the choc chips as I've forgotten to get some, but as it's a children's recipe I'm counting on it being easy
14/12/2013 at 12:20
thanks for that Carole, if I get time I'd love to do some proper baking! x
14/12/2013 at 20:48
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