So, we’re onto our fourth tip from –
12 Tips for a gorgeous, no fuss, foodie Christmas
Tip #1 was all about the cake.
Tip #2 was about making a few meals to stash in the freezer for over Christmas.
Tip #3 was the joy of handmade food gifts and now here’s the next one –
Tip #4 – Freeze mince pies uncooked and be ready to have freshly cooked pies on hand at a moment’s notice …
At this time of year, I often think of a story that a friend told me about Christmas baking. My friend and her husband were both working full-time and with three young sons to manage they decided to employ an au pair to lighten the load at home. The young girl was from overseas (I forget exactly where) and as Christmas approached, my friend, a keen cook, thought it would be nice to teach her young helper how to make the classic english festive bakes. They began with Christmas Cake – TICK … moved on to Christmas Pudding – TICK … and ended up with mince pies – TICK … the full holiday baking repertoire. Miss Au Pair loved embracing the spirit of seasonal baking but then made a very reasonable and rarely uttered observation – “But aren’t these bakes really all the same?”. Never has a truer word been spoken! Indeed Christmas cake, pudding and mince pies certainly are all on the same theme with similar ingredients and the resulting comparable flavours but they’re traditional – traditional, indulgent and delicious. And Christmas only comes once a year so it’s not like you’re going to get fed up with them. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking with it.
I love a good mince pie, but what does ‘good’ mean to me?…