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Apple and Cranberry Mincemeat

There is nothing better around christmas time than a warm mince pie and a glass of mulled wine. So in preparation for christmas it’s always good to make your own mincemeat to fill the mince pies rather than shop bought. It always tastes better ad you now exactly wants gone into it, so you don’t have to eat anything nasty. For me mince pies remind me of christmas eve, sitting by the the tree and playing monopoly with my family.

What You Need:

90ml Brandy, 75g soft light brown sugar, 200g peeled and grated apple, 75g chopped walnuts, 170g dried cranberries, 2 and a half tsp of mixed spice, 75g raisins, 75g sultanas, Juice and zest of one lemon, Juice and zest of one mandarin, 1tsp Almond Essence, 1tsp vanilla extract.

(This recipe should make around 1 jar or 24 mince pies)

First take half of the brandy and the brown sugar and stir on a low heat until dissolved. Then add the grated apple and mix, letting the apple soak in the syrup. Then add in all of the dried fruit, walnuts, fruit juices, zest and mixed spice and stir. Set the mixture on a medium heat, press it firmly down with the back of the spatula and simmer for 30mins. After take off the heat and cool. Once cool add the rest of the brandy, almond and vanilla. Pot into a warm jar or set aside to make mince pies.

A simple Christmas treat.

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Simplicity: Vanilla Cupcakes and Chocolate Frosting

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A nice simple recipe to try out my new cupcake tin! Actually I have never made cupcakes but I was inspired to by other peoples blogs and the marvellous cupcakes of Peyton & Byrne bakery in London.

What you need:

125g Butter, 125g Golden Caster Sugar, tsp of Vanilla Essence, 125g Self Raising Flour, 2 Eggs, 100ml Evaporated Milk.

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Preheat the oven at 180C. Simple blend all ingredients together or like me do the French way by firstly whisking the eggs adding the warm butter and vanilla in and whisking until froth is visible, then add to the rest of ingredients and blend together. Put in the oven for around 15-20mins. Cool and top with chocolate frosting and a dash of cocoa powder.

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From The God’s Kitchen

Hello,

welcome to my cooking and baking blog. Here I will share my recipes, successes and failures, my current obsessions and anything else food related!

Come, salivate and join me!

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