Mince Pies and Bailey’s Choc Chip Cheesecake !

Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas !… well at least it is in my house…

I’ve put up all our decorations and I decorated my tree this morning, the children just have their tree in the kitchen to decorate and we are all set.

Today I baked the first batch of mince pies for the holiday season.

Here is the recipe with some photos

Coconut Mince Pies

Ingredients
Pastry

  • 325g Plain Flour
  • 175g Butter
  • 1/4 pt Cold Water

Filling

  • Jar of Mincemeat, either shop or homemade, whichever you have

Topping

  • 50g Plain Flour
  • 125g Caster Sugar
  • 125g Butter (room temperature)
  • 2 Eggs beaten
  • 75g Desiccated Coconut, plus some for sprinkling

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5. Lightly grease two 12 hole bun trays.
  • Place the flour in a mixing bowl and coarsely rub in the butter. Add sufficient water to mix to a soft dough.
  • Leave to chill in the fridge for 20 mins.
  • Turn onto a floured board and roll out. Cut 24 discs and place in the prepared tins.
  • Using the all in one method, beat together the flour, sugar, butter, eggs and coconut until the mixture is creamy.
  • Put a spoonful of mincemeat into each of the pies and then top with a spoonful of coconut mixture. Sprinkle with a little more coconut on top and bake for 18 – 20 minutes until golden brown. 
  • Cool and enjoy !
Ruairi came to help and wanted to roll out the pastry lol !

Pastry lined trays

Mincemeat

Topped with coconut mixture

Ruairi enjoying the spoils of helping…. yum !!

Some of the end product !! even more yum

At the weekend you’ll also recall me mentioning I made a Bailey’s and Choc Chip Cheesecake.

This here is the recipe for that for you.

Bailey’s and Chocolate Chip Cheesecake
Ingredients
Base

  • 300g Chocolate Digestive Biscuits crushed
  • 125g Butter

Topping

  • 450g Philadelphia Cream Cheese
  • 200ml Fresh Cream
  • 125g Icing Sugar
  • 1 packet Choc Chips
  • 1 measure of Bailey’s Irish Cream

Method

  • Melt the butter and add to the crushed biscuits and while warm press into the base of a 9inch springform or loose bottomed tin.
  • Leave in the fridge for about an hour or until set
  • Whip the cream until if forms soft peaks. In a separate bowl, beat the cream cheese until it is soft. Beat in the icing sugar and the Bailey’s.
  • Fold in the cream and the chocolate chips until the mixture is smooth, spread evenly over the biscuit base.
  • Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or preferably overnight.
  • Decorate with a crushed flake bar or however takes your fancy !
Biscuit Base
All set for refrigeration

The finished slice…

Hope you enjoyed the recipes and do let me know if you make them and how they went for you.

As a quick guide the recipes and methods are under the tab at the top of the blog labelled Baking Delights.

Happy Baking
Ruth

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5 Responses to Mince Pies and Bailey’s Choc Chip Cheesecake !

  1. Faith says:

    Now there's a sight! Both look very scrummy, my hubby loves anything coconut so will definitely be whipping up a batch of those…..and the cheesecake sounds gorgeous. Your little man looks like he's enjoying helping….I think sometimes cake mixture tastes better than the cake! I've been making meringues for a friend this afternoon, but I kept the squished ones for us….I may have had something to do with some of the squished ones!

  2. Well done Ruth and Ruairi! I am sure your delights were enjoyed by all.

  3. Thats my handsome baby boy gettin his bake on…All looks tres yummy. Well done Sissy… XXX

  4. Akila says:

    Looks absolutely yummy. Thanks for the recipe.

  5. Meari says:

    Everything looks yummy! Ruairi is adorable.

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