The last post on here was all about our Christmas Recipe plans, which means that today’s post is all about what we actually baked. It’s the only logical way this post could go. It just makes sense!
In the past week we’ve had a Christmas Films night with a group of friends and a Sunday drinks party, both of which (of course) signalled the need for homebaked goodies. So of course we got our bake on and baked the following treats…
- Mince Pies – A Christmas classic!
- Mince Pie Fudge – apparently delicious, although I don’t like mince pies so I can’t actually agree with this claim.
- Sausage Rolls – another Evans family Christmas essential.
- Gingerbread biscuits – It is my opinion that you just can’t go wrong with these. They taste so perfectly chewy and gingerbready, click for the original recipe and 2012’s versions.
- Snowman bread – yes it’s really a thing. Okay it’s not I made it all up! Basically I made some bread dough and then positioned two round balls next to each other in a vague representation of Mr Snowman. It might have looked a tad weird but it tasted delicious and that’s the main thing in my opinion!
- Reindeer cupcakes – as seen here.
Although we’ve made most of these before, I thought I would include the recipes for the sausage rolls and mince pies below. Both are very easy as it’s all about the ready made ingredients, but just incase you need them here they are…
Sausage Rolls –
Frozen puff pastry
One red onion
- Let the pastry thaw out (it takes a couple of hours) and then roll out into a rectangle shape.
- Next cut the rectangle in half lengthways to get two thinner rectangles.
- In a bowl add the sausage meat, about half of the egg and a chopped onion. Mix these together.
- Now place the sausage meat in a line down the middle of each pastry rectangle.
- Brush one edge of the pastry with more egg and then bring the other edge over to join it. Press down the two edges so that they stick together.
- Now you’ve got two long sausage rolls just cut them into normal sized rolls – about 1 inch each.
- Snip two cuts in the top of the sausage rolls and then brush the tops with egg.
- Cook in a preheated oven – 180°C for about 20 minutes. You want the pastry to be a golden colour.
Mince Pies –
Frozen shortcrust pastry
Jar of mincemeat
Two cookie cutters; one circle and one star shape that is about the same in terms of diameter – the circle shape needs to be a little bit bigger than your baking tray
- Again let the pastry thaw for a couple of hours before rolling out. Cut out equal numbers of circles and stars
- Place the circles in the greased cupcake baking tray
- Now add a spoonful of mincemeat mixture
- Top with the star shaped lids
- Brush the top with egg and bake in the oven – 180°C for about 20 minutes
- Once baked, let them cool before removing from the trays. Then sprinkle with icing sugar to serve.