It’s beginning to look a lot like CHRISTMAS!!🎄

Hello everyone! And, finally I’m back… Christmas is in 26 days….OMG! 🎅🏼I can’t even imagine how fast this year went by… very soon i’ll complete a year being away from India… but besides the fact that I’m away from the family, I must say that Christmas in the U.K. is so freaking festive…and it’s coming very soon too. So, I don’t know what defines Christmas (in the U.K.) better than mincepies or mince tarts as they are also famously known…

At first, I found it a little funny how I always knew mincepies as my go to comfort food beef mince pies…but yes, in Britain things have to be different… so made these babies at work the other day…

Work is this amazing cafe cum restaurant called Basilian at the Aspire Leisure Centre, Stanmore. A must visit place. Lovely ambience with amazing staff… always happy to serve…Okay! I’m not saying that because I work there, but if I were a customer I would have mutual thoughts…

Some of the Christmas or winter specials which one must try at Basilian are -the Toasted Marshmallow Hot Chocolate or -the Chilli Hot Chocolate, or some -Sweet Potato and Red Lentils soup or -the leek and potato soup, -a wide range of paninis, toasties, wraps… and definitely the homemade mincepies.

These crumbly, fruity and delicious mincepies of British origin are so easy to make and one cannot just stop at one… I know for a fact that besides making neurios and doce and kormolam like we do in Goa, I will definitely make mincepies too as a tradition henceforth, to serve friends and relatives during the Christmas season.

I love how rustic they look too… Probably, the next time I try them I will definitely cover the top with some Christmas related cutouts just to give them a more festive look.

The pastry has a light sweet taste to it and is made with self raising flour unlike the normal shortcrust pastry which is made with plain flour. The self raising flour makes the pastry softer and all the more crumbly…

The mincemeat can be bought from the store or even made at home by customising it however you want and specially if you want to make it a little boozy you can always add a little rum or brandy to it… Also, to give the mincemeat a little Goan twist I would add some chopped cashew nuts to it…

Another variation to the pastry would be the addition of almond meal and a little orange zest to give it a little something more…

However, one should be very careful while working with this type of pastry. Make sure all your ingredients are cold. Also, another tip to remember would be, if possible, keep the work surface and the equipment to be used, a little cold too…

The fat, used here-unsalted butter, should be rubbed into the flour in such a way that the final product resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Avoid over mixing as you don’t want the butter to melt. Combine the ingredients together and freeze the dough for about 30mins before rolling it out.

Bake these beauties this Christmas and enjoy them with some Hot Chocolate or Cognac…

Advertisements

5 Comments

Go ahead! Say something nice!! 😃

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.