I’ve found it really difficult to get in the festive mood so far this year; the big relocation hasn’t helped, nor have a few other factors, so this week – with it being the start of December – I decided that I would throw myself into the festive mindset, and what better way to do so than to bake mince pies?
Busby and I have never baked together before. Our house in Lewes had a very tiny kitchen that could really only fit one adult in – so as you can imagine, workspace was not easy to come by. Nick’s parents house, however, has a wonderful kitchen with plenty of space to stretch out and roll pastry, so we started our baking relationship earlier in the week – and what fun we had!
I wouldn’t recommend baking with a toddler if you’re in a hurry to whack out a dozen mince pies for impending guests, but if you’re looking for a fun, hilarious activity on a cold December afternoon (and don’t mind copious amounts of flour ending up on the floor… and the odd egg or two rolling off the side and finding its end on a tile) then I would whole-heartedly recommend it!
I was going to make mincemeat from scratch (using my friend Katie’s recipe) but it seemed like a rather expensive way to do things, so I bought Sainbury’s own mincemeat and we added our own dried cranberries – which made the mixture extra yummy! I used this recipe for the pastry.
I’ve ordered some different sized stars and a sausage dog cutter for our next baking endeavour – preparation for her second birthday… which is only a couple of weeks away now! Eek!