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Easy Mince Pies (Mince Pie Turn-Overs) January 3, 2017

Filed under: Mincemeat,Ready made pastry,Uncategorized — dogsmum @ 4:39 pm
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Ok these will be the easiest mince pies you’ll get to make yourself.

First off grease a 12 hole patty tin.

Unroll a sheet of ready to use pastry and place it over the patty tin, I had to roll mine out a bit to make it wider, but that’s fine if you have to do that. Then using a knife cut through the pastry, as below.


Press gently on each piece to make a dip in the pastry and put in a teaspoon full of mincemeat.


Using some egg-wash to hold them together, turn up each corner of the pastry. Then use the egg-wash to brush the tops before placing in the oven 200C/gas 6 for 20 minutes.


I made 2 batches of these, one with short crust pastry the other with puff pastry & both were really good.


If liked you could sprinkle some icing sugar over them before serving.


Raspberry Mousse June 27, 2016

Raspberry Mousse


This lovely sweet raspberry mousse is light and full of a tangy berry flavour. Made with fresh raspberries, this tasty mousse serves 6-8 people and is perfect for parties. It takes 15 mins to make and a little time to set – and is well worth the wait. Top with fresh whipping cream and handfuls of berries for an even naughtier treat.




135g raspberry flavour jelly

600g frozen raspberries

2 Tbsp icing sugar

170g evaporated milk



Dissolve the jelly in 300ml boiling water. Pour the hot mixture over the raspberries and whizz in a blender until well mixed and the fruit is squashed. Tip into a sieve and push the mixture through to get rid of the pips. Stir in the sugar.

Whisk the evaporated milk in another bowl to a thick foam and then mix well into the setting raspberry jelly. Pour the raspberry mousse into a serving bowl and leave to set. Top with more raspberries for serving.





Healthy Coconut Macaroons May 20, 2015

Coconut Macaroons 1


This is a nice easy recipe, not sure why I haven’t made them before..


Mix equal weights of Carnation Light (low fat) condensed milk and coconut. Roll into small balls, flatten slightly for the bottom and bake at 175C/gas 4 for 10 – 12 minutes. You can be decadent and coat the bottoms with chocolate or add choc chips (or raisins) to the mix but plain ones are great too.




KitKat & M&M Birthday Cake November 2, 2014

Filed under: Buttercream,KitKats,Victoria Sponge Cake — dogsmum @ 5:09 pm
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KitKat & M&M

This is one of the easier birthday cakes I’ve made. This one was for Elsie’s birthday last weekend.


You’ll first need to make a Victoria Sponge Cake, which you can find here..

Then make a batch of Buttercream, which you can get here..

Sandwich the cake together with some of the buttercream then spread the rest over the top and around the sides of the cake.

Press the KitKat’s gently into the buttercream all around the sides, I used about 20, 2 finger KitKat’s.

Then fill the top with M&M’s.


Animal Cupcakes September 13, 2012


Simple yet fun. A big thank you to my lovely 3 year old Granddaughter for lending me her Play Doh cutters to make these xx

If you do borrow you child’s/Grandchild’s cutters please do make sure you wash them before using 😉


Ingredients for the cupcakes


175g/6oz softened butter

175g/6oz sugar

3 beaten eggs

4Tbsp golden syrup

225g/8oz self raising flour

2tsp ground ginger

1 pinch of ground cloves

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 1/2 Tbsp ground almonds

1 – 2 Tbsp milk




Preheat the oven to 180C/gas mark 4. Place 12 paper cases in a muffin tin. Beat the butter and sugar together until soft and creamy. Gradually beat in the eggs and syrup.

Sift in the flour and spices and gently stir until combined. Stir in the ground almonds and milk until smooth.

Spoon the mixture into the cases and bake for 20 minutes until golden and springy to the touch. Leave to cool in the tin for 5 minutes before placing onto a wire rack to cool completely.


For the animal cupcakes I made up some icing, as follows:

Sift 6oz icing sugar into a bowl and add 1 1/2 Tbsp of lemon juice plus 1 Tbsp of water. Mix well until smooth, then pour over 6 of the cupcakes. I had an amount of Fondant, so just coloured small amounts with different colours before rolling out and using the cutters, then place them on the iced cupcakes before the icing goes too hard.


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