Christmas Fruit Mince Pies

Christmas Fruit Mince Pies
Yields 24
Very rich tasty Christmas snacks
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Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
35 min
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
35 min
Fruit mince ingredients
  1. 1 lemon, juice and skin cut into small pieces
  2. about 1 cup mixed dried fruit - raisins, sultanas, figs
  3. 1 apple chopped into small pieces
  4. about 100ml fruit juice
  5. allspice
  6. cinnamon
  7. ginger
  8. 1 T brown sugar
  9. 1 T white sugar
Pastry ingredients
  1. 2.5 cup flour
  2. 2.5 T sugar
  3. 1 T vanilla essence
  4. pinch salt
  5. 1 egg
  6. 2 T vegetable oil
  7. 1 T baking powder
  8. Milk
Fruit Mince
  1. Stir while bringing to boil and then cook on low heat for about 20 minutes.
  2. Refrigerate for 24 hours or more if possible.
Pastry
  1. Sift flour and baking powder, add sugar, vanilla, salt, egg, and oil. Mix and form a dough slowly adding milk while the dough has a firm consistency.
  2. Chill the pastry dough in the refrigerator if possible.
Pies
  1. Roll pastry into a thin sheet. Cut our circles large enough to fit the muffin pan. Fill with fruit mince (about 1 dessert spoon). Cut out star shapes from the pastry for tops.
  2. Bake at 180ºC for 15 minutes.
  3. Dust tops with icing sugar.
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Three Citrus Christmas Fruit Cake

Three Citrus Christmas Fruit Cake

I made this delicious, tangy, spicy fruit cake for Christmas this year.

Three Citrus Christmas Fruit Cake
A rich fruity tangy traditional Christmas fruit cake.
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Prep Time
45 min
Cook Time
2 hr
Prep Time
45 min
Cook Time
2 hr
Ingredients
  1. Juice of 1 lemon
  2. Juice of 1 orange
  3. Juice of 1 grapefruit
  4. Peel of half a lemon, diced
  5. Peel of half an orange, diced
  6. Peel of half a grapefruit, diced
  7. 500g mixed dried fruit (currants, sultanas, raisins, figs, apricots)
  8. 200g sultanas
  9. 75ml fruit juice
  10. 75ml red wine
  11. 250g margarine
  12. 200g brown sugar
  13. 100g ground almonds
  14. 2 tsp cinnamon
  15. 2 tsp ginger
  16. 2 tsp allspice
  17. 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  18. 175g plain flour
  19. 1 tsp vanilla
  20. 1 tsp baking powder
  21. 4 large eggs
Icing
  1. 2x 250g packets white fondant
  2. 1 vial of almond essence
Instructions
  1. Mix the fruits, peels, juices, sugar, margarine and spices in a large pot. Bring it to boil and simmer for 10 minutes so all the peel is soft and the fruit is well mixed. Pour the fruit mixture into a large bowl and allow it to cool. Preheat the oven to 150ºC.
  2. Slowly add the flour, baking powder, vanilla and eggs, with constant mixing.
  3. Pour the batter into a baking tin lined with a double layer of baking paper. Bake for two hours. Remove from the oven. Poke several holes with a skewer throughout the cake and splash extra wine (about 1 tablespoon) around the holes. Repeat this every few days until a week before the cake will be served.
Icing
  1. Add the almond essence to one packet of fondant and thoroughly knead it. Roll each layer of fondant thin enough so that the sheet covers the whole cake. Decorate with cake decorating coloring and glazes.
Notes
  1. This made a 20cm square cake. The cake does not rise much when cooking, so bake it in a smaller, deeper tin for a taller cake.
Adapted from James Martin, BBC goodfood
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Three Citrus Christmas Fruit Cake

Three Citrus Christmas Fruit Cake

Snowman (icing)

Snowman detail

Cheater’s Hot Cross Buns

You cannot buy hot cross buns from our local bakery in Turkey (even in the Easter season), but you can buy the dough that they use for baking normal bread. You can also buy amazing dried fruit here. Mixed together with a little sugar and spice, these ingredients make very tasty hot cross buns.

Cheater's Hot Cross Buns
Yields 16
Super easy way to make hot cross buns
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 600g dough
  2. 300g fruit mix (currants, orange peel, dried apricot, dried fig, raisins)
  3. 50g sugar
  4. 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  5. 1/2 teaspoon allspice
Instructions
  1. Get fresh dough from the bakery. Knead in the mixed fruit, sugar and spices. Form into balls. Cut crosses into the buns. Bake for 20 minutes at 180 C. Glaze with melted butter.
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Iranian soup

Iranian soup
An amazing soup
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. Chicken
  2. Carrot
  3. Butter
  4. Parsley
  5. Bitter Orange
  6. Bechamel Sauce
Instructions
  1. Fry the cooked shredded chicken and grated carrot in butter. Add juice of bitter orange (Seville orange, sour orange, bigarade orange, or marmalade orange) or alternatively use lemon juice. Add finely chopped parsley and water to make a stock. Mix the Bechamel Sauce packet with 3 cups water and 1 cup milk. Add the stock to the Bechamel Sauce and bring to the boil. Simmer.
Notes
  1. Translated from Turkish. Original proportions unknown.
Adapted from Iranian friends
Adapted from Iranian friends
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Slater tatters

A super easy recipe

Slater tatters
Super easy potatoes
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. Potatoes
  2. Garlic salt
  3. Butter
Instructions
  1. Clean potatoes. Slice potatoes in half lengthwise. Cut slits about two-thirds deep across the width of the potato. Baste with garlic salt and butter. Bake in the oven at 200ºC for 20 minutes
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Tuna and Corn Fritters

Tuna and Corn Fritters
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 Onion
  2. 1 tin of Tuna
  3. 1 tin of sweetcorn
  4. flour
  5. 2 eggs
  6. milk
  7. oil
Instructions
  1. Chop onion. Add tuna and corn in a bowl. Cover with flour and mix. Add eggs and milk to make a batter. Fry in oil.
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Happy ∏ day

This year to celebrate ∏ day (3.14.16) I made a mince and cheese pie.

Mince and Cheese Pie
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 onion
  2. 250g mince
  3. 250g mixed vegetables
  4. 5 mushrooms
  5. puff pastry
  6. 200g grated cheese
  7. 1 cube beef stock
  8. 1 Tbsp flour
  9. 1 cup water
  10. Ketchup
Instructions
  1. Fry onion, mince, mushrooms and mixed vegetables. Add flour, stock and water to make a gravy. Line pie dish with pastry. Fill with cooked meat and vegetables. Cover with grated cheese and top with pastry. Cook at 180º C until pastry is golden brown.
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Last year I baked a lemon meringue pie.

Cinnamon Pear Pie

Some inglorious pears needed using so I invented this recipe:

Cinnamon Pear Pie
Yields 12
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 12 puff pastry squares
  2. Almost 5 pears
  3. 3 Tbsp Brown Sugar
  4. 1 Lemon
  5. 1/4 cup Sultanas
  6. Cinnamon
  7. 3 Tbsp Water
  8. 1 Tbsp Corn flour
Filling
  1. Cut pears into pieces. Add brown sugar, sultanas, cinnamon, lemon zest and juice and 2 Tbsp water. Microwave on high for 3 minutes. Mix cornflour with 1 Tbsp water.
  2. Grease and line a muffin tray with sheets of pastry. Fill with pear and cinnamon filling. Bake at 200 ºC until pastry is golden brown.
Notes
  1. Serving suggestion: Top with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.
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Leek & Chickpea Salsa

Another recipe to use chickpeas.

Leek & Chickpea Salsa
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 Onion
  2. 2 mushrooms
  3. 1 leek
  4. 1 capsicum
  5. 1 cup cooked firm chickpeas
  6. 1 tsp ground coriander
  7. Parsley
  8. Thyme
  9. 1/2 cup tomato puree
  10. 1 cup water
Instructions
  1. Finely chop onion. Stir fry with chickpeas and chopped mushroom. Add leek, cut into long strips. Add capsicum, also cut in long strips. Add herbs and spice. Add tomato puree and water. Cook 2-3 minutes.
Notes
  1. Serving suggestion: on pasta with meatballs.
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Chickpea and chicken salad

I had some cooked chickpeas left after making falafels earlier in the week so I created this recipe to use some of them.

Chickpea & Chicken Salad
Serves 5
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 onion
  2. 1 chicken breast
  3. cumin
  4. 2 mushrooms
  5. 50ml water
  6. 1 eggplant
  7. fresh parsley
  8. 3 cups of firm cooked chickpeas
Instructions
  1. FInely chop and stir fry onion in a small amount of vegetable oil. Cut the chicken into small cubes and stir fry. Sprinkle with about 1 tsp of cumin. Finely chop the mushrooms and add to the chicken. Add 50ml hot water. Add the eggplant cut into cubes. When the water has evapourated add chickpeas and continue stir frying for 5 minutes. Top with the coarsely chopped parsley.
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