Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Almost there.



I've been very busy over the past few days, so Lady Magnon has been left to her own devices.

She tends to get festive well ahead of me, and she's been dying to start baking.

OK, they may not win a 'neatness' competition, but they are delicious. She even followed Weaver's advice to make her pastry with Orange juice, which was excellent.

Don't forget to have a wish when you eat your first Mince Pie of the season; those wishes always come true. 

Today, I believe, is her cake day.

p.s. I apologise for not having answered your comments recently. 




40 comments:

  1. They look delicious - this is not the season to be on a gluten free diet.

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  2. Mmmm. Those mince tarts look SO GOOD. Who cares about perfect shapes - not me.
    Alphie

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  3. I can't tell you how happy I am that I haven't had my first mince pie of the season yet. Would have clean forgotten to make that wish. And at the moment there is one that needs to come true - urgently. So, thanks for the reminder, and festive greetings to Lady Magnon.

    U

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    1. That first mince pie wish can move mountains. I hope it moves yours! Your greetings will be forwarded. Thank you.

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  4. Oh swoon! I'm seeing these delicious mince pies early in the morning and would love to bite into one. Lady M can certainly bake. Have a great day. Jo PS I never knew you had to wish; thanks - I will do so when I eat my first one!

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    1. I cheat, and make a wish with the second, third, and fourth, etc.

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  5. They look scrummy. How many have you got left?

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    1. As soon as the supply diminishes she's back with her hands in the flour.

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  6. Here comes Xmas. Hope you enjoy the festive season as much as you enjoy these mince pies

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    1. I love everything about Christmas except all the hype that begins just after Easter.

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  7. They look lovely and "neat" to me! Well done Lady M! I have never eaten a Christmas meat pie.
    Greetings Maria x

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    1. Mincemeat, not meat. Originally they had meat in them, but these days it's just a mixture of dried fruits, alcohol, and suet.

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    2. I did go and look up the recipe when I saw the mixture in your post the other day and read about the meat in the original one. I want to try and make it one day if I understand what suet is. I think it could be "strutto"
      X

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    3. Suet is the hard fat that surrounds beef kidneys. Doesn't sound very nice, does it!

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  8. Cro, perhaps you should list the ingredients for Maria's benefit. Are you sharing this recipe or is it a family secret?

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    1. A very good idea. So for Maria, here is James Martin's mincemeat recipe. I think it's much as Lady M's, other than she always adds chopped Prunes.

      http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/13377/traditional-mincemeat

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  9. Like Mria i also have never eaten minced pie,is it fruit with meat? i looked for recipes and wonder, i want to make some.

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    1. See above Yael. No meat these days, just fruits.

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    2. It is a misnomer. No meat. No savory. A mincepie is a sweet thing often warmed and eaten with cream.

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  10. Those look scrumptious ! Are there any left?
    Maria and yael - if you look back to Cro's blog of last Saturday (3rd December) you'll see what goes into traditional mince pies. There is no meat at all - dried fruits are the main ingredients, together with spices and brandy. When you make it, the kitchen smells wonderful !

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    1. Thanks Coppa. The making of Mincemeat is very much Lady M's department, so I'm not totally sure of what goes into it. I've now given a link (above) to a classic recipe.

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  11. They look tempting! (I'll make a note in my calender to surprise Son&DiL with baking some next year).

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  12. They look delicious, and I didn't know about the wishes. I will still make a wish when I eat my 3rd one so far. It might work. What are you busy doing at the moment Cro? are you alright?

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    1. Just been busy Libby.... work is never ending.

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  13. Send a virtual one and I will virtually put it to the virtual test! They do look delicious I must say.

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    1. Thanks to you Weave. The orange certainly makes a difference.

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    2. Where does the orange juice go, in the fruit mince ? I need to catch up with these good hints.

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    3. Instead of water in the pastry.

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    4. HAVE to try that. Sounds so good
      Gill

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  14. The ' not so neat look ' makes me love them even more !!!!! Perhaps Lady M could host the new ' Bake Off ' !!!
    Hope all of your wishes come true . XXXX

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    1. Thanks Jacqueline; I'm sure they will.

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  15. They look delicious! Ah yes, the first mince pie, then the second, then the third....... X

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  16. Baking always makes the baker and the eaters happy. It is about love.

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    1. Her cake is in the oven, the smell throughout the house is wonderful. You're right!

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