Thursday, 10 November 2011

Future Mince Pies....!!!

I do believe one of my favourites nibbles during the Chistmas period has to be a real good mince pie, warm, not cold with some vanilla flavored whipped cream on the side..................who i am kidding, lots of cream all over the pie :D
Yesterday I made up my Christmas mince, oh the smells of fruit & spices & brandy all mixed into one Yummmmmmm!!!!!!
Here's a peek at the whole operation

I make it around this time every year & try desperately hard not to dig in before the whole mince pie eating season begins, not an easy task I'll have you know, requires a lot of fortitude from the entire family!!

But we scrape by, somehow!!!  The recipe i use is from good ol Delia Smith, always a winner with Christmas recipes. I'm sure it could be found online, fortunately for me one of my sweet daughters bought this book for me two years ago & it is def a treasure.
Also did a bit of scone baking, to complement some plum jelly i threw together last week, actually i'm a bit afraid to step on my scales at the moment as its been quite an inactive time for me, Tae bo beckons in the not too distant future!!!!!!
Back to the scones, they sure was goooooooood heh heh!!!

Washed down of course with multiple coffees.
I absolutely have to give you the recipe for these scones. It is the simplest scone recipe ever & quite possibly one of the nicest i've tried, its from an old Womans Weekly mag.....

375g self raising flour
1 tablespoon caster sugar
1/4 teasp salt
30g butter
300ml low fat milk
1.  Preheat oven to 240/220 fan assisted, Grease deep square cake tin.
2. Sift flour, sugar & salt into a large bowl, rub in butter with fingertips.
3. Make weel in centre of flour mixture, add milk & mix to a sticky soft dough.
4. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface, knead quickly & lightly until smooth ( don't overdo the kneading, a v light one is all thats required )
5. roll out to 2cm tickness & cut out rounds
6. Place rounds side by side, just touching, in prepared tin, brush tops with a little milk.
7. Bake in oven for approx 15 mins ( i find 12 is enough in my oven as it tends to be a wee bit hotter)

And thats it, enjoy with real butter, jam, cream whatever you fancy

 Before I sign off for today, i want to show you this treasure i found in our church thrift shop last week. As you know i want to open an etsy shop, real soon, haven't really had the energy to do much sewing yet, but today i will be making my first bag with some of these....

Beautiful pieces of tweed fabrics, not a lot of yardage but certainly enough to do some real winter style patch work designs......coming sooooooooon!!!!!!
Aren't they delicious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hope to do one today, will post it this week with a bit of luck.

Well my crochet hooks are beckoning, ripple is growing up fast, where does the time go eh!!!
wasn't so long ago it was just a chain of stitches.
Love you guys & thanks for all your sweet comments
Karen Xx 


  1. Hi Karen, I'll give your scone recipe a try, thanks for posting! I love scones, but for some reason never seem to get round to making them.
    And I'm with you on the fantastic smell of mincemeat when you're mixing it up - it'd be worth making it just for the smell, even if it didn't taste so good!
    Jane x

  2. Thinking about mince pies and looking at all those baking pictures is making my mouth water....!x

  3. Hi Karen. :o)
    You minced pie sounds heavenly. :o)
    And I can hardly wait to see what you create with your recent finds. :o)
    Have a lovely day.
    hugs. Trish

  4. The mince pie filling looks super delicious and love those blankets, what a find!

    Have a super day!

    Vanessa xxxxxxx

  5. Hi Karen! Your thrift finds are awesome and I can't wait to see what you make with them. Thoughts of mince pies (we call them mincemeat pies in our family) make me think of Thanksgiving! Glad you are feeling better!

  6. Oh wow, Scones, Mince and Fabric! It doesn't get much better than that!

  7. Oh my favourites in one post! Love scones and mince pies but I am determined to resist buying them till at least - hmmm... 1st December! x

  8. What a fantastic pile of tweed fabric! Looks like heart skipping fun to work with. Happy sewing. Can't wait to see the result. And good for you wanting to open Etsy. I thought about it for quite some time and then one day I just though " Okay just do it!" so I did. Nos ales yet but I haven't really had time to advertise myself yet. It is just fun. Join the Etsy train soon. Just do it! Oh and thank you for the links to your fabric shops. Great places! (Hold on tight to my purse as I am starting to become a serious online shopoholic soon...). Found another as well through self sewn. It is called Fabric Rehab. Check it out! ♥♥♥ Annette