I’ve discovered The Great Blogger Bake Off a few months ago, started by another blogger and I loved it. I couldn’t take part as I didn’t see it in time and with the house move (and renovating), it would have been impossible to bake something every week.
At least I could participate to the Great Blogger Bake Off Christmas Special: mince pies. I intended to make them a few days in advance, just in case something goes wrong and I have enough time to make them again. It was the first time I made mince pies and I’ve already said I was going to make them… the pressure was on.
I’ve made my recipe after a couple of hours of research: Apple and cranberries mince pies.
Well, as last week I’ve been to Ascot from Wednesday to Sunday, I had no time to bake. The last couple of days I was very busy too, so I did nothing in advance. It was annoying to have to wait for the mincemeat to cool. I wanted to bake the pies, but buttery pastry and warm filling is not a good idea. A good part of taking on an challenge is that I can practice things that I’m not good at, like… patience.
Ingredients for mincemeat:
– 200g cranberries
– 200g mix of dried fruits
– 1 orange (only the zest)
– 50g sugar
– 25g muscavado sugar
– 1 Bramley apple
– 60ml red wine (I’ve added another 100ml before using the mincemeat)
– 25g grounded almonds (grounded at home, in bigger bits, as I prefer them that way)
– mix peel
– cinnamon, nutmeg and clover
Ingredients for the pastry:
– 250g plain white flour
– 1 egg
– 50g sugar
– 1 orange
– 100g butter
Finally I could start to make the pies. The dough was better than expected. It’s the first time that I’m using orange zest and I was concerned it can be too wet. But the dough was so easy to work with, had a very nice texture.
Some of them were a little overdone as I made an error, I’ve put 2 trays in the conventional oven instead of using the convection oven.