Well I have to say my Grandma used to make the loveliest of mince pies. I remember experimenting with her when I became vegetarian - because she used to use a half butter and half lard recipe.
She was really concerned that by changing things around they wouldn't taste quite right, but they were perfect. Just like always.
Unfortunately we don't have the recipe written down and I cant quite remember what she did to make the pastry so good.
This year I'm braving it and trying out a new recipe. I almost feel like I'm breaking tradition, but last year we didn't have homemade mince pies and so this year I really want to bake them myself.
I've become very attached to my latest cookery book - Jo Wheatley's 'A Passion for Baking'. So here I'm going to test out her recipe for mince pies and let you know how I got on..
On your marks, get set, bake.
Here's me in my new Peggy Porschen Apron : )
It's all go in the kitchen.
Here's the final product. Lovely warm mince pies and mulled wine.
The mince pies are lovely - I bought a rich Mincemeat brimming with Cassis which is quite red in colour which makes them look a different. Unfortunately they don't look perfect as the mincemeat has bubbled out of the cases, but nevermind not too bad for my first solo attempt.
How do they measure up..?
I have to say these mince pies are very tasty but they don't quite reach the standard of my Grandma's famous recipe. I think she must have used sugar in the recipe which made the pastry nice and sweet. However on second taste they are really good, and probably a little better than your shop bought variety!
Well I might just have to try another batch...
Happy Baking x