Having been asked on several occasions what “mincemeat” is I thought the following recipe may be useful.
These amounts will make 2 puddings serving approximately 6 people each.
113 g (4 oz)plain flour
Sift flour, spice and nutmeg into large bowl. Add breadcrumbs, suet, sugar, raisins, sultanas, peel, finely chopped walnuts or almonds and grated orange peel.
Toss well together.
Combine with beaten egg, brandy or sherry, almond essence and milk. Mix well.
Leave overnight in a cool place.
Divide between two buttered 2-pint basins.
Cover securely with buttered greaseproof paper or aluminium foil.
Steam steadily for 6 hours replenishing water as it boils away. This can be steamed by placing in a steamer over boiling water or by placing bowl in boiling water ensuring the water does not reach top of the basin. It is most important to keep a close eye on the water levels during cooking.
Cool for 15 minutes in basins, turn out and leave until completely cold. Wrap in aluminium foil and store in cold dry cupboard until needed. Puddings may be stored in the basins in which they were cooked if preferred.
To serve, unwrap pudding return to buttered basin, cover and steam for a further two hours. Turn out on to a warm dish and serve with sweet sauce, brandy/whisky butter or cream.
2.5 ml (1/2 tsp)mixed spice1.25 ml (1/4 tsp)grated nutmeg227 g (8 oz)fresh white breadcrumbs284 g (10 oz)finely shredded suet (beef preferably)227 g (8 oz)soft brown sugar340 g (12 oz)seedless raisins340 g (12 oz)seedless sultanas57 g (2 oz)mixed chopped peel57 g (2 oz)shelled walnut halves or blanched almonds finely chopped peel of 1 small orange – finely grated4large eggs – beaten1/2 wine glassbrandy or dry sherry2.5 ml (1/2 tsp.)almond essence142 ml (1/4 pint)milk
|What is a Christmas Pudding without Spiced Brandy Butter?|
Spiced Brandy Butter
|227 g (8 oz)||unsalted butter|
|227 g (8 oz)||caster sugar|
|5 ml. (1 tsp.)||ground cinnamon|
|45-60 ml (3-4 tbls.)||brandy|
from Camilla at www.biscuit-recipes.co.uk
60g cold butter, cut into small pieces
85g brown sugar
2 tablespoons sugar cane syrup, or golden syrup
2 tablespoons milk
1 egg yolk
1/5 teaspoon powdered ginger
Â½ teaspoon cinnamon
Â½ teaspoon mixed spice
oven to 350Â°F (180Â°C).
Mix flour, ginger, cinnamon and spices together in a large bowl.
Add the butter and rub in thoroughly with fingers until mixture has consistency of breadcrumbs. Add brown sugar.
In another bowl, mix syrup, milk and egg yolk and add to mixture. Stir until you have a smooth paste.
On a floured work surface, knead pastry for a few minutes, then roll out to a thickness of 5mm and cut into shapes with a Christmas biscuit-cutter.
Place on a baking tray and chill for 10 minutes.
Bake at a medium heat for 12 minutes or until biscuits are golden.
Leave to cool and place briefly under grill.
Add the icing sugar little by little to the egg white, in a small bowl, add food colouring.
Ice biscuits with a piping bag.
There are many more pages on site with a Christmas theme such as –
Christmas tree decorations from across the world
How to make economical presents and gifts to give them that personal touch.
Tips on how to hang holiday / Christmas lights
Christmas decorations to make and buy