Christmas Day Baking

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It’s that time of year again, mad rushes, dashes to the supermarket and wrapping presents like crazy ready for the big day, Christmas. Why does everyone panic?

I thought I’d share some quick and easy steps of how to bake some goodies to get you into that festive spirit.

Every year it’s a tradition that the family household and myself bake mince pies, lemon curds and jam tarts so I thought I’d share our delicious homemade recipes.

For mince pies you will need:

1 1/4 lb (560g) of mincemeat

12 0z (350g) of plain flour

3 0z (75g) of lard

3 oz (75g) of butter

pinch of salt

icing sugar

Pre heat the oven to 200oc

You will also need one (or two) baking trays, along with a rolling pin, pastry cutter and star shaped pastry cutter.

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To make the pastry you will need to sift the salt and flour into a reasonable sized mixing bowl. Then rub the fats into the mixture until it resembles tiny fine crumbs. After, add just enough cold water to the mix to perfect the dough leaving the bowl clean.

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When you think the pastry is complete, rest in a polythene bag in the fridge for 20-30 minutes, then roll half of the mixture out as thin as possible to cut into rounds. Do this for the other half of the pastry as well, this time using the star cutter.

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Now onto the baking tins, grease them lightly with lard and line with the round pastry base. After fill these with mincemeat, just a teaspoon full to the level of the edges of the pastry then cover with the star shapes sealing the edges.

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Once this is done, bake near the top of the oven for 25-30 minutes until golden brown. When cool sprinkle with icing sugar.

For lemon curds and jam tarts you will need:

8 oz (250g) of plain flour

Pinch of salt

4 oz (100g) of butter/equal mix of lard

2-3 tbsp of cold water

Strawberry or any fruit jam

Lemon curd

Pre heat the oven to (200oc)

You will also need one (or two) baking trays, along with a rolling pin and pastry cutter.

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Placing the first three ingredients from the list above, rub the butter and flour into your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs (like the mince pies). Add water to the mixture until the dough is binded together and you have a clean bowl.

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Wrap the dough in polythene and chill for up to 30 minutes, the dough then can be unwrapped onto a lightly floured surface and rolled as thin as possible. Using the base cutter cut circles into the pastry and place onto the baking tray when greased by gently pressing the circles into each hole.

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Place no less than a heaped teaspoon of jam or lemon curd into the pastry. Bake in a preheated oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

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Here are the completed recipes to find out more on them visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes

Hope you enjoy this post, please comment if you used these recipes for your Christmas day.

Sharney x