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Mince Pies

Posted by Nigel Brown
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on Wednesday, 28 November 2012
The ultimate Christmas staple, always better when they're homemade!

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350g plain flour
Pinch of salt
225g butter, diced
1 whole egg
1 jar of mincemeat
Dusting icing sugar

  1. Heat the oven to 400°F/205°C/Gas 6
  2. Place the flour, butter and salt into a large bowl.
  3. Rub the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs,
  4. Add the egg to the mixture and using a knife stir, add cold water a teaspoon at a time until the mixture binds together.
  5. Choose a muffin or bun tin for the size of the pie you want.
  6. Dust a work surface lightly with a little flour and roll out two-thirds of the pastry to 1/8"/3mm thick. Cut circles to line the cups of your tin.
  7. Fill the pastry lined tins 2/3 full with mincemeat.
  8. Roll out the remaining pastry to the same thickness and cut smaller circles to fit as lids or cut out star shaped lids to be decorative.
  9. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 mins or until golden brown.
  10. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with the icing sugar.

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

Posted by Young Ladies About Town
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on Friday, 09 November 2012
There are times in life when it is perfectly acceptable to revert to a state childish excitement no matter what age you are. And this week I have spent a large proportion of time being childishly excited about Christmas.

blog1150,000 twinkling lights illuminate Covent Garden

But it's still ages away I hear you cry. Well that may be the case (although 45 days isn't a huge amount) but after attending the switching on of the lights in Covent Garden and the Disney store VIP Christmas party, I hope you will understand why for me, Christmas is very much here.

blog2Snow Cones for the 'adults'

The London Gay Men's Choir filled the air with festive carols and as the sung Mariah Carey's classic All I Want For Christmas, Covent Garden was lit up by more than 150,000 twinkling fairy lights which sparkled as the crowd cheered and sung along.

blog3Mickey and Minnie mouse

As if it couldn't any more delightfully festive than that, we young ladies about town then attended the Disney store VIP Christmas party. With a gospel choir singing carols, mini Christmas pudding, snow cones (for the kids...and adults), cookie decorating and whole shop full of toys it's no wonder that the adults were just as excited as the children that were there.

blog4The Gospel choir kept everyone entertained

On top of that we also got to chance to meet both Mickey and Minnie mouse, thankfully the queue to meet them consisted of four children and many more adults- it would appear I am not the only one the indulges in reverting to a state of childish excitement.

With 45 days to go until the big day and lights brightening city centres all over the UK I think it's fair to say it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

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