Leftover Mincemeat Buns

I have a whole jar of mincemeat leftover from Christmas. I meant to make a post about how I made it but that didn’t quite happen. So, this post is about how to use leftover mincemeat from Christmas!

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This was a Christmas present from a very lovely friend who gardens her way to the Good Life in the UK! This is such a gorgeous book to have. It is all about catering for parties and I know I’ll dip into it time and time again. Anyway, the thrifty part of me homed in on the recipe for Mincemeat Buns.

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Here’s my mincemeat. There’s quite  a lot of it so I might be making these buns again and freezing them.

Mincemeat Buns (makes 24 and they are freezable)

150g softened butter
150g Caster Sugar
225g self raising flour
2 eggs
2 tblsp milk
100g currants
100g mincemeat
50g flaked almonds (you might not need this much, I didn’t)

Ah….softened butter. If there are two words that make my heart sink when I want to Whip Up a batch of baking quickly it’s “softened butter”. Butter takes a while to soften you see. I know there are those with microwaves that can soften in an instant but I don’t have a microwave….. However, this book has an Amazing Tip. Weigh out the butter and cut it into cubes. Fill a larger bowl with lukewarm water and sit the butter bowl into the water bowl. By the time you’ve weighed out the other ingredients it will have softened.

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Magic!

Now all you need to do is throw all the ingredients apart from the almonds into a mixer and whizz them together. Fill two bun trays with paper cases (to make 24) and spoon the mixture into the cases.

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Oops! Forgot to sprinkle the almonds on top.

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There you go. Now bake at 180c for 10-15 mins. As always, I place my bun trays on baking sheets and cover with parchment paper to prevent burning. I also checked them at 10 minutes and removed the paper to brown them off.

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Mmmm…fruity rather than Christmassy so you really could make these whenever you felt like a fruity little bun.

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The almonds on the top make for a nice crunch.

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Hey! Who’s taken one?

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Littlest Figlet gives them the Thumbs Up!

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Perfect for lunchboxes too; just take one out of the freezer and it’ll be defrosted by Morning Tea Time.

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I thought they deserved to be displayed on this gorgeous cake stand. It was given to me by my lovely Crochet Guru Friend. There’s a clue there as to what I am tinkering with at the moment. I have forced my cack-handed self to try crochet again. I managed to pain-stakingly make a pair of crochet wrist warmers two winters ago. It was a struggle but I did it. I now want to make a blanket….. Watch This Space!

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7 thoughts on “Leftover Mincemeat Buns

  1. I have lots of mincemeat leftover so these look like a great, delicious idea to me. Also very grateful for the tip for softening butter, thank you.

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