Christmas on Becca's Books | 'Festive Feasting' by Heidi Swain

~ 'Festive Feasting' ~

By Heidi Swain

I don’t know about you but when it comes to festive bakes and makes I like to follow the Nigella school of thought – keep it tasty, but keep it simple, very simple! When the calendar flicks over to December in our house I am inundated with requests for the savoury and sweets treats that we save just for the festive season and keeping it easy means I can keep the freezer stocked and keep up with demand! Today I am going to share two of my easy cheats with you… sausage rolls and mince pies. Just don’t tell everyone, ok? I’m trying to maintain an air of domestic goddess…

Sausage rolls
What you need:
A small glass of sherry, mulled wine or similar
A festive apron
Radio tuned to Smooth Christmas or Classic fm depending on personal taste
500g good quality sausage meat
1 block of ready-made puff pastry (sshhh) warmed to room temperature
1 free range egg (beaten)
Mixed herbs, but only if you like them
Salt and pepper

What you do:
Flour a large board, roll out the pastry into a large rectangle and cut in half so you have two long strips
Divide the sausage meat in half and roll out so it is the same length as the pastry
Lay sausage meat along length of each strip of pastry and cover in egg wash so it will stick together
Sprinkle with herbs (if required), salt and pepper
Roll to create two long, fat meat filled pastry sausages and brush more egg wash on top to glaze
Cut the rolls to the size you require, snip the tops with scissors three or four times so they look extra pretty and sprinkle with more herbs (if required)
Arrange on parchment covered baking sheets and bung in oven
Cook at 200 degrees for ten minutes then reduce to 180 degrees for twenty more
Drink sherry, mulled wine or similar while clearing away dancing to radio and feeling delighted with your efforts
Allow to cool, then enjoy!
If you prefer to spice things up a bit you can always add chillies, cranberries or similar to the sausage meat before rolling out
Easy, yes?



Mince pies
What you need:
A small glass of sherry, mulled wine or similar
A festive apron
Radio tuned to Smooth Christmas or Classic fm depending on personal taste
Large jar of good quality mincemeat (sshhh)
1 block of ready-made shortcrust pastry (again, sshhh) warmed to room temperature
1 free range egg (beaten)
Circular and pretty star shaped pastry cutters

What you do:
Flour a large board and roll out the pastry, but make sure it isn’t too thin!
Cut out the size of circles that will best fit your tins
Press down into tins and fill with mincemeat, but don’t overfill (overfill=explosion)
Cut out stars to fit on top (or smaller circles if star cutter is lost in back of oddments drawer)
Brush with egg wash to glaze and ensure tops and bottoms are stuck together
Bung in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes at 200 degrees
As before, drink sherry, mulled wine or similar while clearing away dancing to radio and feeling delighted with your efforts
Allow to cool, then enjoy with perhaps another festive tipple!

 


So there you have it! Two ridiculously easy festive treats that are so simple I am almost embarrassed to share them with you, but not quite. Wishing you all a wonderful Yule!
Heidi x



Although passionate about writing from an early age, Heidi Swain gained a degree in Literature, flirted briefly with a newspaper career, married and had two children before she finally plucked up the courage to join a creative writing class and take her literary ambitions seriously.

A lover of Galaxy bars, vintage paraphernalia and the odd bottle of fizz, she now writes contemporary fiction and enjoys the company of a whole host of feisty female characters. 

Heidi can be found at the keyboard at all hours of the day and night and quite often scribbling longhand in her car during her lunch break. She lives in stunning south Norfolk with her wonderful family and a mischievous cat called Storm.

You can find Heidi Swain on Facebook | Twitter | heidiswain.blogspot.co.uk



  

1 comment :

  1. No good I now want all that food. My hubby does all the cooking although I'm hoping to make mince pies this weekend.

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