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Re: Best Mince Pies 2017??

Postby pete9012S » 21 Oct 2017, 19:38

My local petrol station is also a M&S Food Shop Eddie.
I will investigate on Monday when I refuel.Thank you. :D
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Re: Best Mince Pies 2017??

Postby Eddie Muir » 21 Oct 2017, 19:44

Great, Pete! Let me know your verdict once you have sampled their Christmas cake. :wink:
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Re: Best Mince Pies 2017??

Postby Rob Houghton » 21 Oct 2017, 19:58

They're not exactly cheap though Pete, lol! It will be an expensive sample test!! :lol:
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Re: Best Mince Pies 2017??

Postby sixret » 21 Oct 2017, 23:09

Rob Houghton wrote:They can be eaten any time, but most often around Christmas. There's a superstition that you should eat one mince pie on each of the twelve days of Christmas - starting Christmas Day, to bring luck during the following year!

I like all of them - Christmas pudding, Christmas cake, mince pies and stollen - but I'm just greedy! :lol:


Thank you, Rob. I don’t blame you if you are greedy because they seem delicious. :D
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Re: Best Mince Pies 2017??

Postby pete9012S » 22 Oct 2017, 09:50

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Yes Rob - I didn't realise they were so expensive. I will have to put £5 of diesel in the car and spend £25 on the cake!

Maybe I could start a gofundme for the cake tasting!

How many here will make or buy a Christmas cake this year?

The best Christmas cakes: Angela Hartnett judges budget vs luxury


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/food-and-dri ... us-luxury/
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Re: Best Mince Pies 2017??

Postby Eddie Muir » 22 Oct 2017, 17:31

Thanks for the link, Pete. Most interesting. :D
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Re: Best Mince Pies 2017??

Postby floragord » 29 Oct 2017, 13:01

We make sausage rolls and mince pies to offer when people drop in for coffee or tea - or sherry - sadly never did take to either myself.... We've made Christmas cakes for more years than I care to remember, from Delia Smith's Christmas, the household Bible throughout the festive season, there's a good choice of cakes from one you can whip up on 24/12 to the more elaborate that get "fed" with brandy from October onwards. This year's is the classic fruit cake, wrapped in brown paper and foil. They're all fun to do and I should think probably quite a lot cheaper than supermarket varieties, likewise xmas puddings?
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Re: Best Mince Pies 2017??

Postby Dinah Cunningham » 29 Oct 2017, 13:16

I have a small question: Does anyone know a good recipie for mincemeat (so that I can make Mince Pies) if possible without suet?
I can't buy mincemeat in Switzerland so I intend to some myself. Thanks for your help. I hope my question is in the right thread, if not, but it to the right one or just answer with a pm. Thanks a lot!!
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Re: Best Mince Pies 2017??

Postby Moonraker » 29 Oct 2017, 13:46

Here's my recipe:

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Re: Best Mince Pies 2017??

Postby Tony Summerfield » 29 Oct 2017, 14:08

Looking at this thread it has just occurred to me that I will be without a homemade Christmas cake this year. Every year for the last thirty years my neighbour across the road made me a wonderful Christmas cake, but sadly she died a few weeks ago. I will also miss the super Christmas Meals that she sent across to me on Christmas Day. :cry:
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Re: Best Mince Pies 2017??

Postby pete9012S » 29 Oct 2017, 14:21

My wife manages a care home and always has to work on Christmas Day and over New Year too so I do sympathise Tony.

We have a proper meal together after Christmas and New Year,but often on Christmas day I have to fend for myself. Luckily,there are products available that take some of the stress of cooking away from me:

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http://groceries.iceland.co.uk/iceland- ... 0g/p/50699
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Re: Best Mince Pies 2017??

Postby Rob Houghton » 29 Oct 2017, 17:58

I always cook a Christmas dinner for me and my dad. Christmas isn't as special as it used to be when my mom was alive, and we would have parties and guests round. We rarely do that now. 8)
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Re: Best Mince Pies 2017??

Postby Poppy » 29 Oct 2017, 18:41

I've been trusted to bake the family's Christmas cake this year, a task which I am very honoured to have been given! Usually we rely on the baking expertise of my Nana, but I've been baking a lot more this year and she's suggested that I do my own. It's daunting because everyone in my family absolutely loves Christmas cake so if it goes wrong, they're all going to be quite annoyed with me!! :lol: My baking usually goes one of two ways: either in the bin or, sometimes I surprise myself and I concoct something delicious!!
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Re: Best Mince Pies 2017??

Postby Eddie Muir » 29 Oct 2017, 19:52

Good luck with your baking, Poppy. I hope you manage to concoct something delicious. Do let us know how you get on. :D
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Re: Best Mince Pies 2017??

Postby Anita Bensoussane » 29 Oct 2017, 20:00

I hope your Christmas cake turns out well, Poppy. I'm sure you'll have great fun decorating it!
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