Back to normal (well almost)

My first attempt at mince piesAfter everything that happened yesterday, today was a lot more normal. I came to life at around a normal time, I did everything everyone else does in the mornings normally and my brain was much more up for life in general.

Once I’d been down the shops stocking up on the fresher essentials one needs I decided that I would finally tackle some cooking. Nothing major but I’d had the ingredients in for making mince pies for nearly a week and I’d been putting of the day when I made them. Today turned out to be the day!

I love cooking but I hate making pastry, I just can’t seem to roll it out nice and neatly like they do on the TV. I end up covered in flour with bits of pastry stuck to everything no matter how hard I try, no matter how much flour I spread around, the kitchen ends up like a bomb site, I’m covered in flour and there’s pastry everywhere it shouldn’t be.

Still I got there and eventually ended up with twelve rather scrumptious mince pies (see photo, they are the ones I made). They all soon disappeared so they couldn’t have been that bad but the mess took a while to clear up once I’d finished cooking them.

Here is the recipe I used:
225g of plain flour
pinch of salt
3 tbsp of caster sugar plus extra for dusting
115g of butter, diced
1 egg lightly beaten
around 350g of mincemeat

1) Sift flour and salt into a bowl, stir in sugar. Rub in butter until you have breadcumbs, stir in egg and gather into a smooth dough.
2) Chill dough in fridge for 30 minutes, meanwhile pre heat oven to 220C/425f and grease a 12 cup bun tin.
3) Roll out dough to about 3mm thick, cut 12 rounds with a 75mm cutter. Press iunto prepared bun tin and fill with mincemeat. Gather remains of dough, roll out to about 3mm and with a slightly smaller cutter, cut 12 lids. Slightly moisten lids around the edge and place on top of those already in the bun tin.
4) Bake for around 15-20 minutes until golden brown, remove and cool on rack, dust with extra caster sugar. Serve with pot of fresh tea 😉


BTW, we had more snow today and it looks as if we will get snow showers overnight, I’m so excited (not).

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