English Christmas recipes

Upravené: streda, 27. apríl 2011

Mince Pies ...

Brandy Snaps ...

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• Servings: Makes 20 

• Level of difficulty: Easy 

• Preparation Time: 45 minutes

• Cooking Time: 20 minutes 


• 55g Butter, melted
• 85g sultanas
• 85g raisins 
• 85g currants 
• 45g mixed peel, chopped 
• 45g chopped almonds 
• grated rind of 1 large lemon 
• 1 tsp Mixed spice 
• 1 tbsp Brandy 
• 85g brown sugar 
• 1 Bananas, chopped 

For the rich shortcrust pastry:
• 340g plain flour
• a pinch of Salt
• 200g Butter
• 2 egg yolks
• 4 tbsp cold water, to mix
• milk or beaten egg, to glaze
• icing sugar, to serve

1. First make the pastry. Sift the flour into a large bowl, Rub in the flour until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
2. Mix the egg yolks with the water and add to the flour mixture. Mix to a firm dough, at first with a knife and finally with one hand. It may be necessary to add more water, but the pastry should not be too damp.
3. Wrap in cling film and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
4. Meanwhile, make the mincemeat. First, grate the apple, skin and all
5. In a large mixing bowl mix together the grated apple, melted butter, sultanas, raisins, currants, mixed peel, chopped almonds, lemon rind, mixed spice, brandy, brown sugar and banana, mixing well. Set aside. Please bear in mind that this mincemeat does not keep well so is best freshly made.
6. Preheat the oven to 190°C/gas 5.
7. Divide the pastry in half and roll one half out thinly and use it to line tartlet tins.
8. Fill each tartlet case with enough mincemeat to come about three-quarters of the way up the pastry.
9. Roll out the remaining pastry and either stamp into shapes, such as stars, dampen lightly with water and press firmly but gently on top of the mincemeat or cut into circles to fit the tarts as lids. Dampen the pastry edges and press the tops down lightly, sealing the edges carefully.
10. Brush your chosen glaze on the lids. The milk will give a matt finish, and the beaten egg a shiny finish.
11. Snip the lids with a pair of scissors or sharp knife to make a small slit for the steam to escape, leaving the shapes untouched.
12. Bake for 20 minutes until light golden brown.
13. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly on a wire rack.
14. Serve warm sprinkled with icing sugar. Once completely cold mince pies can be frozen in an airtight container.



• Servings: Makes 16 

• Preparation Time: 20 minutes 

• Cooking Time: 15 minutes

For the brandy snaps
• 50g Butter
• 50g caster Sugar
• 2 tbsp golden syrup
• 50g plain flour
• 1 tsp Brandy
• ½ tsp ground Ginger
• ground Cinnamon
• finely grated zest of 1 lemon
For the filling
• 150ml whipping Cream
• 2 tsp Brandy


1. For the brandy snaps: preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper and oil the handle of a wooden spoon.
2. Melt together the butter, sugar and golden syrup and leave to cool a little. Stir in the flour, brandy and spices; grate in the lemon zest.
3. Drop small spoonfuls of the mixture onto a baking tray, spaced well apart, as they will spread in the oven. It is best to cook the snaps in two batches.
4. Bake for 6-8 minutes. They're ready when the mixture has spread out to lacy, golden discs. Remove from the oven and leave to cool for a minute before shaping.
5. Use the oiled wooden spoon handle to shape the brandy snaps into cylinders and leave on a rack to cool. If they become too brittle, return to the oven for a minute to soften. Repeat with the remaining mixture.
6. For the filling: whisk the cream and brandy to soft billowing peaks. Spoon into a sandwich bag and snip off one corner to make a piping bag. Pipe the cream into the brandy snaps just before serving.