Had a lovely post c25k time and a great run this morning. Nothing earth-shattering, just a steady early morning trot about the countryside feeling at peace with the world. Then, still at peace and one-ness I thought this is the morning to tackle mince pies. Never made 'em before, but as a c25k-er I am now an invincible achiever. If Jamie, Delia, Nigella, Tom (Kerridge), Mary and Paul can manage, then so can I. Today is the day for Mince Pies.
Here is how NOT to do them:
1. Make own mincemeat with combo of Delia, Nigel Slater and some random ingredients which match the general colour scheme. This bit was ok. Has anyone tasted raw veg or non-veg suet? Don't. Bit like that stuff the dish-washer collects around the filter after a few weeks.
2. Buy nice new non-stick bun tin because nothing in the enormous stock of inherited and ancient tinnery has individual holes.
3. Unwrap bought pastry. Roll in sugar instead of flour cos you think it will make boring pastry into glamorous pate sucre. It won't. It turns boring pastry into stuff which will weld itself, aided by 4 & 5 below, to new non-stick tin with an enthusiasm not foreseen by Tefal.
4. Don't listen to the '1 teaspoon of mincemeat' advice. Looks far too stingy so put 2 extra dollops in.
5. Make lids slightly too small then try to stretch them to fit. Glue them down securely with egg. Oh, and forget to poke holes in the top otherwise you won't get that exploded pressure cooker effect, helped by the overfill alluded to in 4, which helps with the welding to pan mentioned in 3.
6. Follow Delia's instructions for oven and all will be well. Apart from, of course, exploding lids which leak most of the mincemeat over the edges to combine with the faux-sugar pastry to make edible supa-glue for those who don't care about dentistry costs.
7. Ferret around in cutlery drawer for the right tool to persuade pies to leave tin without damaging new tin. Give that up and go for sharpest possible object for mince pie mining.
8. Place the bits, lid-side down cos that is the only bit left really, on plate and present to husband as mini mince biscuit flans with crumble type topping.
9. Watch husband's face carefully and defiantly for signs of constitutional weakness.
Did Laura ever do a tute on mince pies?