It has been SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO long since I've blogged. Having 2 little men and working part time has kept me so busy, and not left a lot of time for baking, but I am aiming to rectify that. Today is the 1st of December so that means Christmas baking!!! I am doing my cake later in the week (post to follow) so today was all about mince pies. I decided to try some different toppings on mince pies after reading this recipe:
I made half the amount of pastry to make 12 mince pies, and also added some orange zest for some extra flavour. This pastry came together really well and was really easy to roll out thinly after it was chilled in the fridge, so I will definitely make it again.
I decided to try out the macaroon topping and used a piping bag to get as even as coverage as possible, but it doesn't pipe that evenly and will use a teaspoon next time to dollop it on. I halved the recipe as I was only making 12 rather than 24 but I found it was only enough to cover 6 mince pies!! Next time I will definitely double the amount of almond macaroon mix.
Luckily, I always have some crumble topping on standby in the freezer so I spooned this on top of the others and voila- crisis averted! The crumble ones could have done with a few minutes more in the oven so will make them in separate trays next time, I'm going to make a few trays worth for the freezer over the Christmas season.
Cannot wait to tuck into my first mince pie of the season later on.
Let me know what festive treats you are baking up in your kitchen