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    Available to order now...or make your own & feel proud.

    Orange, Cranberry & Almond Mince Pies. 

     Makes 24.

    200g fridge-cold butter     grated zest 2 Oranges     

     400g plain flour            juice of 1 Orange                           

    100g ground almonds         600g good mincemeat   

    100g caster sugar           100g dried Cranberries 


    Method: Heat oven to 180.Gas 6.                          

    Whizz butter, flour & almonds until fine crumb, pulse in sugar    

    & half orange zest, add juice of 1 orange & pulse to rough dough.

    Chill for 15 mins if you have time, roll out to fit bun tins. Mix

    mincemeat with orange zest & cranberries, spoon into pastry cases.

    Roll out pastry again & cut tops. Bake for 18-20 mins.


    Can be chilled in tins for a couple of days & then baked.

    Can be frozen in tins for 1 month, defrost & bake.

    Sprinkle with flaked almonds instead of pastry topper.

    Stir the zest of an orange into 200ml of creme fraiche to serve.




  2. Take:

    8 - 12 Clementines

    250g sugar

    300ml water

    150ml Brandy

    4 Star Anise

    2 Cinnamon sticks


    Peel the Clementines carefully, removing all the white pith.

    Pack them into two sterilised jars & push in the star anise & cinnamon.

    Dissolve the sugar in the water & bring it to the boil, take off the heat & cool.

    Stir in the brandy.

    Pour the brandy syrup over the Clementines to fill each jar. Seal.

    Label the jars: "Will keep for 1 month in a cool place".

    As well as Kilner jars, I like Weck jars, made in Germany.

    brandy-clementines-6-680x450star anisemade with loveweck-preserving-jars


    Christmas Finger Buffet Menu - some ideas...


           Turkey & home made Cranberry relish on open rolls

     Stilton vegetarian “sausage rolls”

     Chipolatas wrapped in bacon

     My mustard glazed ham on open rolls

    with homemade chutney

     Garland sausage roll, a chunky sausage roll

    With a Quail’s egg in every slice

     Brie, topped with glazed Cranberries, served with

    my home made bread


     Brandy Mince pies, with buttery orange pastry

     Rich fruit cake served with Wensleydale

     Mini Pavlovas topped with Redcurrant sauce and

    Pomegranate seeds

     Lemon & Blueberry cake with a Sloe Gin glaze


    The cost for four savoury items and two sweet items

    Chosen from the above menu suggestions is £11.50 per head

    (Minimum 12 guests) 






  4. The wedding cake for Susie & Neil's wedding party. Why not have a Yorkshire food theme for your party & I will include a fruit cake layer in the Cheese Cake - all true Yorkshire folk like a bit of cheese with their cake. Thinking... Wensleydale, Yorkshire Blue, Bluemin White, Dale End Cheddar.

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