Easy Festive Treats

I have been feeling especially festive this year and have been baking up quick and easy  treats over the season to give out to people as gifts (and to nibble on, because, it’s Christmas ❤ ). As they turned out so well I thought I would share them with you, so you can do some baking and pass on some seasonal cheer with friends, family, workmates and strangers. Here are my guidelines for my cheats Mini Christmas Mince Pies and my recipe for my infamous Vanilla Fudge.

Mini Christmas Mince Pies

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You’ll need:
+ Sweet shortcrust pastry (good quality store bought & ready rolled)
+ Fruit mincemeat (good quality store bought)
+ A 12 hole mini tart tray
+ Butter or oil for greasing
+ A small fluted biscuit cutter and a tiny star cutter
+ Icing sugar to dust

What to do:
+ Preheat your oven to 180degs, grab a pastry sheet from the freezer, grease your tin.
+ Once your pastry is pliable (about 5 minutes defrosted), cut out 12 rounds and place into the holes of the tin, pressing gently in place.
+ Fill each tart with about a teaspoon of fruit mince or until just filled.
+ Cut 12 stars and place gently on top of each tart.
+ Bake in the oven for 10 – 12 minutes, cool on a wire rack and dust with icing sugar. Enjoy with a big mug of tea.

Vanilla Fudge (a Jo Seagar recipe)

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You’ll need:
+ 100g butter
+ 1 cup white sugar
+ 4 tablespoons golden syrup
+ 400g tin sweetened condensed milk
+ 2 tsp vanilla extract
+ A 20cm cake tin or slice tray lined with baking paper

What to do:
+ Place everything but the vanilla in a large glass bowl and microwave on high for 1 minute
+ Stir the mixture, microwave for 2 minutes, stir again.
+ Repeat this process for 10 to 12 minutes until your mixture is a caramel colour and it has reached a soft ball stage.
{To test for soft ball stage: drip a little of the mixture in a glass of cold water. When ready it will form small soft balls in the water}
+ Remove from microwave, add vanilla and beat with an electric whisk or wooden spoon for four minutes or until the mixture is quite set and no longer shiny.
+ Pour into the prepared tin and allow to set before cutting into squares.
+ Eat greedily or share with friends!

Hope you enjoy making some festive treats this Christmas season. Happy holidays!

XO

 

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