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! :)