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Hmm, I don't really feel festive yet, despite having gone Christmas shopping on Saturday.  Usually, buying wrapping paper does the trick, and I did pick up some lovely paper from the card shop, but maybe it's still a bit too early?  I expect I shall feel festive at last when I write the labels to go on the presents. :-)

Anyway, today I decided to do something totally festive, something I've never done before (at least, not on my own and not since I was a child) - I made mince pies! :-)

I didn't make the mincemeat (a jar of Tesco's Finest had to suffice) but I did make the pastry.  I can't remember the last time I made pastry - and pastry-making has had this little cloud hanging over it (in my mind, that is!) for years.  "It's too tricky, it'll turn out leaden and inedible, arghh, no, don't do it..." >_<

Well, that's just silly, really, and with plenty of time on my hands I decided to have a go at last.

Here they are, my experimental creations...  I think I put a bit too much mincemeat in them, and the oven temperature and cooking time in the recipe I sort-of used turned out to be rather... excessive, so there were a few leaks here and there! ^_^   Some of them weren't too easy to get out of the tin... >_<

...I had to eat the most collapsed one, of course! :-D

All in all I think they weren't bad for a first attempt - I have a feeling I could have used less liquid in the pastry, and although the recipe said 'roll out the pastry as thinly as possible', I could maybe have got away with a bit less rolling.  The pastry isn't hard, but it's not as short as my Mum's. :-)  Oh well, practice makes perfect, so I guess I'll have to make an apple pie or something in the not-too-distant future...

Ok, now back to the pressing matter of deciding what to make for dinner tonight...


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Dec. 6th, 2010 09:45 pm (UTC)
Your pastry looks very good. Was the recipe hard?
Dec. 8th, 2010 08:59 am (UTC)
Thanks! :-) No, it was easy - 6 oz plain flour, 3 oz butter, 2 oz icing sugar, plus some beaten egg and a little milk to bring the dough together. This was kind of a combination of a couple of different recipes, though, and I'd probably tweak it next time - only 1 oz icing sugar maybe as it's quite sweet, and I'd be more careful about the amount of liquid.

They taste nice, though, and I'm encouraged to keep having a go! ^_^
Dec. 12th, 2010 08:39 pm (UTC)
The old half half :) I had a pastry adventure last week because I needed to make a pie crust for some meat stew I had made the night before and we were all out of the store bought stuff. After I made it, I said "I'm not paying $6 for short crust pastry ever again" :) Too easy!
Dec. 7th, 2010 07:58 pm (UTC)
They look great!
Dec. 8th, 2010 08:59 am (UTC)
Thank you! :-D
Dec. 8th, 2010 01:20 am (UTC)
I'm not a fan of mince pies but they look well-made to me!

I never feel festive until I'm actually in the act of wrapping presents...which is usually in the early hours of Christmas Day morning :) procrastination is evidently a way of life!
Dec. 8th, 2010 09:03 am (UTC)
Thanks! :-) I used to really hate them at one point but as long as I don't eat loads I quite like them now.

Haha, yes, present wrapping is the most festive thing. Unfortunately I'm usually annoyingly organised about that and have to stop myself doing it too early! I love it in old movies when people go out on Christmas Eve to buy all their presents and this is *normal*. You've probably got the right idea - hopefully it staves off "festivity fatigue"! XD
Dec. 8th, 2010 03:36 pm (UTC)
I'm going to try to emulate your baking prowess and attempt this myself.
Dec. 8th, 2010 07:30 pm (UTC)
I hope they turn out well! :-)
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