Monday, 21 December 2015

Building the tiny gingerbread town

Last year my husband bought me this awesome tiny gingerbread house cookie cutter (off Amazon) unfortunately it didn't arrive in the mail until after Christmas. That means I have basically been waiting a whole year to use it!

Their construction was actually not as difficult as it might look. We just follow the recipe and instructions on the back of the cookie cutter. My pro tip is that you need to make sure your royal icing nice and thick! This stuff is like your cement for building them, if it's too thin it won't hold them together and you'll be waiting for ages before you can put the next piece on.
We had so much of fun decorating these cute little houses instead of making one big one this year. They were pretty fiddly and time consuming but they are also so cute that I think it was worth it :)
We decided to put silvered almonds on for roof tiles, as well as coconut and cranberries- yum! We also piped on some glitter icing for a few of them and then decorated them. Each one was a little bit  different just like a real neighborhood of houses.
MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! xx

Thursday, 3 December 2015

My quick and easy Christmas mince tarts

Christmas mince tarts are one of my favourite Christmas foods. I've made them from scratch lots of times in the past but it's a pretty time consuming process and sometimes you just want a quick version that tastes really good.

This is my quick and easy mince tart recipe, the whole thing takes about an hour including cooking time. I really love the addition of chocolate chips and coconut but you can leave those out if you'd prefer.

Ingredients:

1/2 a standard pot of fruit mince mix (I used this one by the brand Tasti)
1/4 cup of coconut
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1 packet of red glace cherries
Pre made frozen shortcrust pastry (thawed out)



Combine all of the ingredients except the pastry in a large bowl. Mix until combined.

Preheat your oven tow 190 degrees Celsius. Roll out your shortcrust pastry to about 1 cm thick and cut out 8 circles using a large cookie cutter or a wine glass works well. Place them into pre greased muffin tins. After this you should about a quarter of your dough left over. Roll this left over dough out and cut 8 snowflakes or any other shape of your choosing. Divide your fruit mince mixture into even amounts for your 8 pies. Place your snowflake or shape on top of each pie and bake for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown and baked through. Dust with icing sugar.


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