I think I may finally be getting into the spirit of Christmas. The tree is up, most of the presents are wrapped, Miss GF has finished school and I only have 2 days of work to go before some eagerly awaited time off.
With the Christmas CD’s pulled out of the box for their annual sing-along, I have spent the day cooking and baking in preparation for this year’s binge. My feet are killing me from standing up all day, but I can safely start ticking off the ‘to do’ list……..
Stuffed Cashew Nut Roast….. done! Sponge ready for Tiramisu……. baked! Gluten free Sausage Rolls (made from this recipe, but traditional sausage roll shape)…… cooked and in the freezer! Christmas Cake….. maturing nicely! Mini bite-size quiches (next to post)…… ready to munch!
And of course…. Christmas can’t go by without a mince pie (or three). Last Christmas, I made a totally amazing Mincemeat Frangipane Tart with GF Orange Pastry. It was divine. So good that I was very very tempted to make it again. Last year, my tart seemed to be a lone frangipane in the mincemeat hall of fame….. This year they seem to be popping up everywhere. And rightly so…. they are truly delicious!
But this is my other favourite mince pie recipe….. mincemeat crumble tarts. With all the flavours of Christmas crammed into a crisp gluten free cherry-almond pastry they are decadently topped with a crunchy cinnamon crumble and packed to bursting point with wonderfully aromatic Extra Fruity Mincemeat with Pistachio & Calvados. Laced with a good glug of deep, potent apple brandy these pies will leave you with a seasonal warming glow and a smile on your face.
Add a sprinkling of icing sugar and a white fondant snowflake and they are ready to go.
I have blogged mince crumble tarts before, but as it was in my early days of blogging when very few people had found me, I felt it was time for a re-run…..
I am offering my mince pies with the following links :
Tea Time Treats, with Lavender & Lovage (and the Hedgecombers), December’s theme being Sugar & Spice.
Free From Fridays with Emma at the Free From Farmhouse.
The Food Year Link-Up with Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen.
The Pastry Challenge with Jen’s Food (and United Cakedom).
Gluten Free Fridays with Vegetarian Mamma.
Recipe of the Week with A Mummy Too.
Christmas Mince Pies with Cinnamon Crumble Topping (recipe makes about 20 tarts)
Cherry Almond Pastry
Extra Fruity Mincemeat with Pistachio & Calvados
Cinnamon Crumble Topping
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