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Rocking Dog Despising Pies!

Sugar Plum Fairy, Rocking Dog

Sugar Plum Fairy

Yes, it’s true i’m truly despising pies, mince pies in particular! Having baked about 23 dozen this festive season I am determinedly hanging up my mince pie making apron!

So.. if you want to make your own pies here are some Rocking Dog pointers…

I make my own pastry (by hand rather than processor) using half the quantity of fat to plain flour (ie.. 400g flour, 200g fat). I use 1/2 butter and 1/2 Cookeen straight from the fridge, grating the fat into the flour before rubbing it in. Use egg and freshly squeezed orange juice to bind. Alternatively use a shop bought pastry– there are some good ones out there.

Handle the dough lightly and roll out carefully.

After rolling out and lining the tartlet tins use mincemeat which has been mixed in a bowl with some luxury dried fruit and a good lug of Brandy (Cointreau,Rum etc..). Top the mincemeat with some cream cheese combined with orange zest and a little caster sugar.

After brushing the open tarts with a little milk or egg, top the tarts with their tops. Use scissors to cut three V shapes into the pastry ( My Mum did this, telling me that the three cuts represented the three wise men). Brush with egg and a sprinkling of caster sugar. Bake at 180 for approx 20-25 minutes until golden brown.

I have just had a horrible thought that I will need to put my apron back on- I need to leave out a mince pie for Santa’!

Who Made All The Pies, Rocking Dog

Who Made All The Pies

Tarts With Tops On, Rocking Dog

Tarts With Tops On

Cooling, Rocking Dog

Cooling

Tinned, Rocking Dog

Tinned

Christmassed!, Rocking Dog

Christmassed!

Spiced Orange, Rocking Dog

Spiced Orange