Christmas is coming and here is a delicious, easy peasy recipe for a festive bake! Easily doubled as they are very moreish!! Another recipe from the A Taste of Stithians booklet, although I have adapted it slightly. Use your own or a good quality mincemeat - definitely not a runny one.
You will need a [round] baking sheet, well greased and pre heat your fan oven to 190C.
12 oz self raising flour
3 oz lard
2 heaped tablespoonfuls of caster sugar
1 small egg
1 teaspoonful mixed spice
zest of an orange
Buttermilk or whole milk to mix
Good quality mincemeat.
In a medium bowl, rub the fat into the flour, salt and sugar and mix with the beaten egg, buttermilk or whole milk until you have a soft scone like mixture. On a floured surface, roll out into a rectangle about ½ an inch thick. Mine was about 11 inches by 7 inches, Dampen the edges with a little more milk or egg.
Spread with mincemeat [keep the edges clear, it will spread] then roll up like a Swiss roll. Cut into about 8-10 sections and place these on your greased baking tray, nearly touching in a circle. Bake for about 16-18 mins until nicely browned and then cool. Make up a glacé icing, just runny enough to drizzle over generously. Decorate with flaked almonds and some chopped dried cranberries or cherries.
A lovely alternative to mince pies.