Christmas baking

I found a recipe for boozy mince pies on Lynda's blog I decided to give them a try as she recommends putting brandy in to the mince fruit mix.!My daughter Linda had made fruit mince last year and I had still one jar left, well matured by now so I added the brandy to it. I also used Lynda's pastry recipe and believe me it is melt in the mouth!
My own Linda had also made cranberry sauce from scratch and it was delicious( she also peels chestnuts for stuffing)! I have tried bought cranberry sauce in the past and thought it was vile,so on seeing cranberries for sale in the supermarket this morning I thought Why Not? Followed the recipe and it turned out OK, phoned Linda and she said put some Christmassy spices in to it. I added nutmeg, cinnamon and as I had the brandy to hand I threw in a lash of that too.A point of information a'lash' of anything is an Irish measurement of indeterminate or indiscriminate proportions!This stuff is seriously finger licking good and may not last as far as the Christmas turkey.
I have made a few batches of the mince pies now and as I am posting this blog I have in a batch with a lash of whiskey added. The kitchen is smelling like a distillery at the moment so I suppose I had better hold off on the mulled wine for a day or two!


Darla said…
Those look yummy! Everyone seems to be heating up the kitchen these days.
Anonymous said…
It all sounds delicious(especially those lashes of brandy) lol..

Peggy, I wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas.
Lynda said…
Peggy, I'm so glad that you tried the mince pies & that you enjoyed them - the pastry is great, isn't it ? I love the sound of the Cranberry Sauce, too - especially the additions ! I just want to wish you & your family a wonderful Christmas & New Year, sorry I haven't been around much lately but I look forward to reading all about what you get up to in the New Year !
Lynda xx
Stewart said…
Merry Christmas Peggy and co. It's about 27 hot and steamy with a possible storm approaching.
I don't suppose you could post the recipes could you. i could not get the link to work. These look really good.
Peggy said…
hi everyone and thanks ofr visiting and leaving comments over the Christmas. I hope you all had a very enjoyable holiday and wish everyone who visits a very happy and peacefull 2009 and I look forward to reading all of your blogs in the new year.
Best Wishes

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