Posts Tagged ‘christmas’

Christmas thumbprint cookies

Christmas thumprint cookies

Christmas huh. How did that happen? If you, like me, have found it’s suddenly the latter half of December and you haven’t done a thing…read on friend. I’m here to help.

Over the next week I’m throwing together baking with love some gifts for friends and family. Um, if you think you are one of those friends or family who will be getting these gifts maybe you should stop reading. Otherwise, here are some easy, cheap and super tasty gifts. (more…)

Why making fruit mince pies will be the death of you – part 2 (the pastry)

One perfect fruit mince pie

Update Nov 2014: Looking back I did have a mini breakdown at my first try of ever making pastry. I think trying to photograph, blog and present various options while doing it for the first time ever added to the time and effort – so you’ll be fine! Take heart.

Some readers also left other recipe options in the notes. This year, I’m also going to try one of these pie maker machines, I’ll let you know how it goes. Now, back to your usual programming…

—-

I must write this quickly, before the endorphins from the sugar kick in and I forget how hard the past seven hours were.

You see, someone needs to tell the truth. Someone needs to stop fooling people about recipes and ‘whipping up’ something simple and start talking real talk.

So here it is.

Making fruit mince pies from scratch is *probably* not worth the effort.

There. I said it.

And I can say it because between me and a friend today we made over 40 fruit mince pies. (more…)

Fruit mince pies – part 1 (the fruit mince)

Fruit mince in a jar

Right. Let’s mince.

This is a two part series on making fruit mince pies. Firstly, you need to get your mince soaking. Preferably for at least one week, up to a month (OK OK, AT LEAST over night, all right?).

Then, once that’s done skip across and check out ‘Why making fruit mince pies will be the death of you – part 2 (the pastry)‘.

I do love eating fruit mince pies. Here’s what we’re aiming for: (more…)