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
- 325g Plain Flour
- 175g Butter
- 1/4 pt Cold Water
- Jar of Mincemeat, either shop or homemade, whichever you have
- 50g Plain Flour
- 125g Caster Sugar
- 125g Butter (room temperature)
- 2 Eggs beaten
- 75g Desiccated Coconut, plus some for sprinkling
- 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|
|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
- 300g Chocolate Digestive Biscuits crushed
- 125g Butter
- 450g Philadelphia Cream Cheese
- 200ml Fresh Cream
- 125g Icing Sugar
- 1 packet Choc Chips
- 1 measure of Bailey’s Irish Cream
- 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 !
|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.