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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.

    Tips:  

    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

    Method:

    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

  3.  

    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

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     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

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    The cost for four savoury items and two sweet items

    Chosen from the above menu suggestions is £11.50 per head

    (Minimum 12 guests) 

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    www.alatarte.co.uk

     

     

     

     

  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.

    cheese cak2cheese wedding cake