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Wednesday, 12 December 2012

The Quickest and Simplest Mince Pie Recipe for Busy Mamas

I have always been a big believer of cooking from scratch. Not only do I find the whole baking / meal preparation ritual incredibly therapeutic (I even find watching cookery programmes relaxing!) but I also like to know what is going into the meals and treats I am making. 

Since having Evie five weeks ago, I've had next to no time to do any baking. In fact the recipe I'm about to post is the very first time I've baked since her arrival. This is very unlike me, especially at this time of year, when I love to make lots of festive nibbles to offer friends and family when they drop by. I have, however, found the time to watch a fair few cookery programmes (mainly during the night feeds!). 

Those of you that follow me on Twitter will know I'm a massive fan of The Great British Bake Off (I have all three series Sky+ed!) and I am a fan of Ruth Clemens, a contestant from the first series, in particular. She has a fantastic baking blog called The Pink Whisk, that I read regularly (have a read of it yourself here) which is packed full of brilliant recipes. She also has a number of videos on YouTube (her tutorial on how to make Christmas Biscuits, which are divine, can be seen here).

So now I am a proud mama of two I have slowly come to the realisation that if I want to carry on with my baking while my girlies are small, it might be time for me to take a few short cuts.

I'm not talking bashing mince pies from Sainsbury's gently with a rolling pin before passing them off as my own at the school Christmas party a la Kate Reddy in Allison Pearson's book 'I Don't Know How She Does It'. Like I said, I ENJOY baking and when you take pleasure in doing something, you will always find the time to do it.

I just feel the time is right to cut a few corners. At last I am just going to accept it. And so I bring you The Quickest & Simplest Mince Pie Recipe for Busy Mamas, where the ingredient list might include ready made pastry and shop bought mincemeat ~ but the finished product really is homemade!

This recipe makes twelve mince pies.

What You Need.
Muffin/yorkshire pudding tray
Rolling pin.
Pastry cutters.

Mincemeat. I actually made mine myself when I was pregnant and the recipe I used can be found here. However it is perfectly fine to use shop bought stuff - I will be doing this next year! Just make sure its the best quality you can get - you don't need much, a 400g jar is more than enough.
Ready made short crust pastry.
Sugar for dusting (any is fine - most would recommend caster or icing sugar but I prefer the crunchy texture of granulated).
An egg (for eggwash).
Butter (to grease tin).

What To Do. 
Pre-heat your oven to 200degrees.
Grease your yorkshire pudding tin.
Roll out your ready made pastry so that its super thin (2mm ish).
Use a pastry cutter (or the base of a mug like I did!) to cut out the bottoms of your pies and line the tin with them. Prick each base with a fork so the pastry doesn't rise.
Add a heaped teaspoon of mincemeat to each pie.
Use a smaller cutter for the tops. At madam's request we used a bell shaped one. Place the top of the pies on top of the mincemeat. If you are sealing your pies (use milk to do this) then prick the pastry with a fork again. 
Cover with eggwash and dust with sugar.
Put into the oven for 20mins ish (you will know when they are done - they will be golden brown and look and smell AMAZING!)

The downside of cooking is usually the washing up, however I am a bit of a geek and I actually quite enjoy that too! Persil's Warm Spice Washing Up Liquid makes the whole experience even MORE enjoyable as it smells just like mulled wine. We're talking orange and cinnamon and ginger and cloves. So even if you're not mulling wine or baking mince pies, your house can still smell beautiful and Christmassy!

This post has been sponsored by Persil.


1 comment

  1. I can't believe you're baking let alone blogging with a 5 week old - lovely Mince Pies! I think mine had to be over 12 months before I had the strength to pick up a rolling pin! Xx


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