Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Festive Treats

Three easy treats that are quick and simple for this festive season.
(P.S. They are also very tasty)



Gingerbread Men!

Ingredients:
- 110g softened butter 
- 100g muscovado sugar
- 30g brown sugar 
- 1/3 cup golden syrup 
- 180g of plain flour, then 130g of plain flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoon of ginger 
- 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
- icing sugar (for decoration)(optional)
- decorations of your choice (optional)

Method:
1) Heat the oven to 180, followed by greasing a baking tray then putting grease proof paper on top so it is easy to take the 'men' off without them sticking.
2) put the butter and both types of sugar in a mixing bowl and either by using an electric whisk (cheating!) or using a wooden spoon mix the ingredients until it becomes smooth.
3) Then add the golden syrup and mix it in using a wooden spoon.
4) Using 180g of plain flour mix it into to you butter/sugar/golden syrup mixture. I put half the mixture in first simply because i find it easier. Once the first half of the flour has been mixed in, add the second half of the flour.
5) Add the ginger. I prefer only 1 1/2 teaspoons simply because I'm nor are my family massive fans of ginger, however, even by adding a small amount they still taste of ginger. It is up to you how much ginger you add, the more the merrier or as little as you want. Then add the bicarbonate of soda. Once both are added mix the ingredients all together. 
6) Using your hands, form a dough with your hands. Once you have formed a ball, put the dough in the fridge for around 10 minutes.
7) Dust your work surface with flour and your rolling pin. Then get the dough out of the oven and roll it out until the dough is about the thickness of a £1 coin or similar.
8) Begin to cut out what ever shapes you want. For me, I chose stars and gingerbread men, but you could do anything that you fancy. 

9) Put you gingerbread shapes onto the baking tray. Try and leave gaps between them because they do grow!
10) bake for around 10-15 minutes
11) Once they have cooked leave them to cool for around 10-30 minutes.

12) Decorate as you wish.


Enjoy!


Mince Pies!

Ingredients to make 12 pies:
- half a jar of mincemeat (mine was from Morrison's)
- Ready to roll pastry (I chose puff)
- 1 egg
- spice (optional)
- brown sugar

Method:
1) Heat the over to 180 and grease a cupcake tray (trays you would normally put the wrappers in when making cakes). This will stop the pastry from sticking, so when they are cooked they are easy to take out.
2) Roll out your pastry until it is about the thickness of a £1 coin or less. Remember with puff pastry it will increase in size.
3) Cut out 12 big stars and 12 small stars with cutters. I do not know where my cutters are from because  I have had them since I was very young.
4) Put the big stars in each of the holes.
5) Put the mincemeat into a bowl and mix with spice. I chose mild chilli powder to give it a bit of an edge or you can simply leave it as it is. Once you done that, using a teaspoon scope the mixture into the 12 stars in the cake tray.
6) Beat the egg. Once you have beaten the egg glaze the tops of the strars that are sticking out as it will help for the small star to stick on top. I then add some sugar to the mince meat for a little extra.
7) place the small star on top of each pie. Glaze with egg then add a little bit of sugar on each one.
8) cook for around 20 - 30 minutes.


9) Serve them hot with ice cream or cream or leave them to cool.

Enjoy!


Sausage Rolls!*

Ingredients for 17 sausage rolls:
- 1/2 of Morrison's 475g (i think) sausage meat
- puff pastry
-1 egg (I used the left over from the mince pies)
-cheese (optional)
- spice (optional)

1) Heat the oven to 180 and grease a baking tray.
2) Re roll the pastry if you are using the left overs from the mince pies or roll out ready made pastry.
3) In a bowl mix together the sausage meat, cheese and spice.
4) Using the egg, brush it all or half way over the pastry. I say half because it may dry out before you get to putting the sausage meat on that part.
5) Place the sausage meat in long stripes length ways down the pastry.
6) Cut the pastry off around 1 inch either side of the meat and then fold the pastry over the meat mix and press it down with your fingers.
7) Using a fork make holes in the pastry so the meat can cook when in the oven. Then using the rest of the egg to glaze the sausage rolls.
8) Cook for around 25 - 30 minutes.
9) Serve hot or cold.

Mince pies and sausage rolls

Enjoy!


ALL recipes are my own, before I made them I did research but after making each of them for serval years I have adopted the recipes and made them my own. 

* I original wrote this recipe in more detail but then forgot to save it on Word, hence why the recipe is not as detailed or as nice as the others. Sorry, but this is my own recipe that I have used for serval years now. 
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