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Christmas Cupcakes

I love mince pies at Christmas time so make no mistake about that, I do appreciate that not everyone shares the same mince pie appreciation as I do and it’s because of this that I decided to make these Christmas cupcakes.

Christmas Cupcakes

I wasn’t trying to disguise the fact that these cupcakes contain a little mincemeat I was merely trying to convert those who just don’t like the combination of pastry and mincemeat and offer them a cupcake alternative. I’ve seen a lot of recipes where mincemeat was combined with the cake mixture and turned into a mincemeat flavoured cupcake and that’s great but these Christmas cupcakes are a bit more special than that.

Glitter christmas cupcake

For me the cupcakes are Christmas in a case, the sponge is like delicious gingerbread which is then filled with a dollop of mincemeat and topped with a icing star sprinkled with edible glitter, you don’t get more festive than that do you!

Now I do get that there will be some people out there who just can’t stomach the thought of mincemeat but fear not you can just adapt the recipe to suit your tastes and maybe use some fruit compote or jam in replacement but do give the cupcakes a try and you may be surprised.

This recipe will make 12 artisan cupcakes (muffin cases) or 20 cupcakes (fairy cake cases)

To make the cupcakes you will need:
115g softened unsalted butter
100g dark brown sugar
1 egg
120ml whole milk
2 tablespoon golden syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
167g plain flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
Ready to roll icing cut into star shapes
edible glitter

1.Preheat oven to 180°C and line a cupcake tin with cake liners.
2.In a food mixer beat the butter and sugar together until soft and creamy. Beat in the egg a little at a time until combined, scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. Beat in the milk, syrup, and vanilla extract.
3.slowly pour in the dry ingredients until combined scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.
4.Fill cupcake liners 2/3 of the way full and Bake for 10-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.
5.Allow to cool completely and scoop a piece of cake from the top centre using a teaspoon. Fill the hole with mincemeat and top with an icing star painted with edible glitter.

The cupcakes are delicious as they are but you can serve them as a dessert with cream or custard once they start to get a little stale.

Christmas cupcakes



Festive Buffet Food

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During the festive season I find it easier to cook buffet style meals so that I’m prepared should someone drop by unexpectedly, the option to serve yourself has always gone down well with Mini Gourmand and the following dishes are things that we always eat at this time of year.

buffet menu

You can click the video below to watch the vlog that accompanies this post or if video’s are not your thing you will find the recipes below.

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Chicken Tikka Salad

This Chicken Tikka buffet salad will serve 8-10 alongside other dishes or 4 as a main meal.

You will need:

2 large Chicken Breasts
2 Tablespoons Tikka Curry Paste
200gPlain Yoghurt
1/2 cucumber
6 Radishes
1 Red Onion
2 Sticks Celery
1 Round Lettuce
4 Tomatoes
Coriander
Poppadoms
Mango Chutney
 

Marinade the chicken breasts in 100g of yoghurt and the curry paste, cook in the oven until cooked and allow to cook before slicing.

Arrange the salad into layers, top with the chicken, coriander and crushed poppadoms.  Make a sauce by mixing the yoghurt and mango chutney.

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This Game Pie will serve 8 alongside other dishes or 6 as a main meal.  I created this dish for the slow cooker but I’m sure it will taste just fine cooked in the oven.

You will need:

500g mixed game meat
4 Potatoes cubed
1 Tomato diced
2 Carrots chopped
1 Stick of Celery chopped
300g Chestnut mushrooms chopped
200ml Red Wine
2 Tablespoons flour seasoned with salt and pepper
2 sprigs of thyme
500ml beef stock

Coat the game in seasoned flour and gently brown in a hot pan, add to the slow cooker with all of the other ingredients and cook for 1 hour on high followed by 8 hours on low.  Transfer to an oven proof dish and top with puff pastry.  Cook for 20-30 mins until the pastry is browned and the gravy is thickened.

spring rolls

This recipe will make 10 large spring rolls or 20 small ones. I cook my spring rolls in the oven but you could cook them in a deep fat fryer if you need to and of course you can add meat or seafood.

You will need:

Grated Carrot
Sweetcorn
Beansprouts
Spring Onion
Sweet Chilli Sauce
Pack of Filo Pastry
Olive oil
 

Using a pastry brush paint over a sheet of filo pastry, add a small amount of vegetables and a sprinkle of chilli sauce, fold as shown in the video and bake in the oven until browned.

brie and mango parcels

This recipe will make 10 large parcels or 20 small ones. I cook my parcels in the oven but you could cook them in a deep fat fryer if you need to and of course you can add other sauces like cranberry.

You will need:

I Pack of Brie
Mango Chutney
Pack of Filo Pastry
Olive oil
 

 Using a pastry brush paint over a sheet of filo pastry, add a cube of brie and a teaspoon of mango chutney. Fold as shown in the video and bake in the oven until browned.

chicken curry

You could make this curry with any meat or leave the meat out and just have a vegetable curry.  This curry will serve 6 as a main course or 10 with other foods.  I cooked this curry for 8 hours on low in the slow cooker but it could be cooked on the hob in an hour if needed.

You will need:

2 onions, diced
500g diced potato
4 Chicken breasts, diced
2 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
1/2 head of white cabbage chopped
200g mushrooms
2 teaspoons Cumin
1 teaspoon ground Coriander Seed
2 cloves of garlic
1 teaspoon of grated Ginger
1 teaspoon Turmeric
1 teaspoon hot Paprika
1 red chilli finely chopped 
1 bay leaf.
 

Place everything in the slow cooker pot and cook on low for 8 hours. If you need to add more water add a small amount at a time.

lamb sausage roll

The Lamb Kofta sausage rolls can either be made in pastry or served on their own.

You will need:

500g lamb mince
1 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp ground coriander
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tbsp chopped mint
1 pack of puff pastry