Noel noel – Christmas recipes

December 18, 2007 at 11:49 pm Leave a comment

Christmas Mince Pies and Mulled Wine, for me these two things are the very essence of Christmassy-ness.

After a bit of trial and error, these two recipes seem to work very well, and my darling husband enjoys them as well.

mulled wine

1 bottle red wine

½  cup strong earl grey tea

4 Tbsp dark rum, brandy or grand marnier 

1 orange, quartered, each quarter stuck with a clove

2 cinnamon sticks

2 Tbsp brown sugar ( more to taste)

Put all ingredients  in a large saucepan, bring almost to the boil then turn down to the lowest possible heat before serving in glasses.

cranberry and apple mince

2 x 770 g cans sliced apples

1kg sultanas

400g currants

400g dried cranberries

200g blanched sliced almonds

2 oranges – juice and finely grated rind

2 tsp ground cloves

4 Tbsp cinnamon

1 tsp ground nutmeg

1 cup brandy

800g sweet short pastry (approx) 

Preheat oven to 180C fanbake.  Soak the cranberries, 500g sultanas and 200g currants in the brandy for 1-2 hours.In food processor finely chop apples, almonds, along with the remaining sultanas and currants. Place all ingredients In stockpot and simmer for one hour. Line the bottom of mini muffin tins with thinly rolled pastry Top with mince mixture and bake 10-12 minutes.

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