No two food stuffs conjure up ideas of Christmas the way these two do - a perfect pairing of spices, cinnamon and succulent fruity flavours. And any food being served hot is always welcome in the winter months.
Last week we put our reading glasses on and studied lots of recipes and old cookery books to come up with what we think is the tastiest combination of fruit, booze and pastry for our mince pies. We did come up with a VERY traditional recipe using pork mince, and which was surprisingly a big crowd pleaser (certain foolish people had written these off as a christmas car crash) but we will share that one with you another day as it maybe isn’t to everyones tastes.
The mulled wine however we didn’t need to think about as Gourmet Spice Co have catered for all our wintery drink needs with their Mulled Wine Spice Kit, only £2.75 and one of those hassle free items that’s always great to have in the house this time of year.
You simply need to choose your tipple of choice, juice for the kids, red wine for the adults or we’ve heard cider is also very good, add in the spice mix and gently warm in a pan. Simple.
Now to the mince pies.
You should ideally make your mixture a couple of weeks before you want to make your pies so it has time to mature and for all the flavours to combine. We packed ours into air tight jars like this and put them in the fridge to make sure they stayed at their best.
We also think they look pretty nice, and would make a lovely present if you tied a luggage tag around them.
Ingredients For Mincemeat
Jar of Drunken Raspberries - separated the whole raspberries from gin
50g Dried Cranberries