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!
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.
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 tblsp milk
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.
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.
Oops! Forgot to sprinkle the almonds on top.
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.
Mmmm…fruity rather than Christmassy so you really could make these whenever you felt like a fruity little bun.
The almonds on the top make for a nice crunch.
Hey! Who’s taken one?
Littlest Figlet gives them the Thumbs Up!
Perfect for lunchboxes too; just take one out of the freezer and it’ll be defrosted by Morning Tea Time.
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!