Thursday, 22 November 2012

Puddings and Pies

More Christmas baking ...
I like to get ahead and freeze items ready for Christmas.
Mini Christmas Puddings -
Made using my usual recipe, but this time I made them smaller by filling the tins two thirds full only, as we mostly find eating a whole individual pudding too filling on Christmas Day.  It was a "why didn't I think of that before" moment!  This time the recipe made 10 mini puddings, which are all wrapped up and frozen.  Christmas Eve I will defrost them and reheat in the microwave the next day.
 Mince Pies -
I made my traditional orange pastry and using some more of my homemade mincemeat produced 55 mince pies.  I make them in a mini muffin tin, baked at 180'C for 10 minutes.  This pastry is very rich, so I have to be careful that the top doesn't "catch" when cooking.
These are also frozen ready for Christmas.  They can be defrosted and served at room temperature or slightly heated in a microwave - being careful not to get the filling too hot.
Next I will make an iced Christmas pudding and I have just found a new recipe for a white chocolate cheesecake that can also be popped into the freezer.  A favourite dessert of Fay's is an ice cream cake, so I will make one of those too.  After that I will make some savoury items to freeze and then the rest of the baking will be completed nearer to Christmas.
Sounds like I had better get back into that kitchen! :)


Kezia said...

You have made me really want to make some mince pies - yours look so tasty!

thesnailgarden said...

Thank you Kezia. I think you can't beat homemade mince pies. Happy baking, Pj x

Jooles said...

Oh my goodness, you busy bee.
All sounds delish and is a great idea to get organised, i have made my cake but that is a far as i have got. I think i will take a leaf out of your book .
thank you so much for your very sweet and supportive comment, it meant a lot.
love jooles
P.S happy baking!

Maria said...

Ooh My!! Pj, I am ever so envious of your wonderful baking and have mentioned before I fail miserably on the baking front! hehe...
Every thing looks wonderful here!!
Sending kind thoughts and thanking you always for kind visits..
Love Mariax

thesnailgarden said...

Hi Jooles, thank you for your comment. I hope you are having a better week this week. Best wishes, Pj x

thesnailgarden said...

Hi Maria, thank you for your comment. Don't worry, I too have my fair share of disasters in the kitchen! :). Best wishes, Pj x

Jelly Jam said...

Loving my stockings! Thank you so much. I can't knit so lovely to have something I can only dream of making.Busy day with a fair today so I'm off to bed in a minute ready for opening parcel number 2 in the morning!

thesnailgarden said...

Hope you had a good day at the fair Ellie. So glad that you like the stockings. I'm loving my gifts. Thank you. Best wishes, Pj x