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Mincemeat Parfait

Category : Food

Ingredients

375g Chopped Mincemeat
100ml water
130g Sugar
6 Egg Yolks
20g Sugar
300g Double Cream
2 Egg whites
80g Sugar
A squeeze of Lemon Juice

Method

To make the syrup add the 100ml water and 130g sugar and take to 115˚c.

Whisk the 6 egg yolks and 20g sugar to a white ribbon in a with an electric whisk. Add the syrup slowly and whisk until cold, stiff and white. (this is called a pate de bombe)

Whisk 300g double cream to a soft peak.

Make a firm meringue with the egg whites and the last 80g of sugar.

Fold the double cream into the pate de bombe

And fold the mincemeat into the meringue.

Then fold the 2 mixes together and put into a Swiss roll tray.

Put into the freezer and set overnight.

To serve remove from the freezer and cut into portion size blocks.

Serve with a glass of brandy or mulled wine and some roasted chestnuts or walnuts. Also you could grated some dark chocolate over to give a snow effect.

Happy Cooking!

Baked Apple Stuffed with Mincemeat

Category : Food

Ingredients
1 Kg Grated Apple
250g Currants
250g Muscavado Sugar
125g Sultanas
125g Raisins
100g Blanched Chopped Hazelnuts
75g Glace Cherries
4 table spoons Brandy
1 tablespoons Ground Mixed Spice
½ tablespoon Ground Cinnamon
1 Orange Zest and Juice

Method
Heat all the ingredients together (with the exception of the brandy) in a large heavy bottom pan until the sugar has dissolved to a syrup.  Once dissolved simmer for 30 minutes, skimming if necessary. Finally add the Brandy and allow to cool.
Leave in kilner jars in your fridge and use when required, the longer you leave them the better they are!

To stuff Apples

6 Braeburn Apples
250g Soft unsalted Butter
200g Demerara Sugar

Method
Pre Heat your oven to 200ºc.
Peel and core your apples, stuff them with plenty of your mincemeat (really pack it in).
Roll them in your soft butter followed by the Sugar and simply bake them in a baking tray for approx 20 minutes.
They should come out with a crispy sweet exterior and a soft succulent seasonal centre.
Your left over mincemeat use for a few mince pies.

Happy Baking.