Do you struggle for ideas for presents at Christmas. Sometimes a box of home made…
I am on a mission to tidy my kitchen cupboards. When I opened one of the cupboard doors at the weekend I got attacked by paprika. I realised my cupboards were so full they were in danger of falling off the walls. Actually that is a slight exaggeration but I realised I needed to start using things up before I buy more. I mean why do I need three pots of paprika and two tubs of bicarbonate of soda. I am now going to use up the contents of my cupboards before I have to throw everything out. Spices do not keep forever.
While I was sorting out I found a packet of chopped walnuts and a jar of mincemeat lurking in the back of the cupboard. When I say lurking I mean they were sitting there looking smug, almost as if they had been hiding. I bought the mincemeat to make pies at Christmas but never got round to it. I thought it was a bit early for mince pies so I thought I would try something else. I decided to try and create a biscuit that used the mincemeat as one of the ingredients.
I was very pleased with the result, they are not as sweet as mince pies but still have the festive flavour. The walnuts added a pleasing crunch to the biscuit as well. The mixture made loads of biscuits, I needed to use three baking trays to get them all in the oven. I ended up cooking them in batches. My son was really pleased though to have lots of biscuits to nibble on over the weekend. These are a lovely Autumn biscuit and perfect with a cup of tea. Home made biscuits always taste much nicer, there is something tantalising about the smell of them baking wafting though the house.
Mincemeat Biscuit Recipe
- 200g (7oz) butter
- 300g (11oz) caster sugar
- 3 eggs
- 400g (14oz) plain flour
- 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 125g (4½oz) chopped walnuts
- 400g (100 oz) mincemeat (1 small jar)
- Preheat the oven to 180C, 350F, Gas Mark 4
- Grease some baking trays with butter or margarine.
- Cream together the butter and sugar. When fluffy add the eggs.
- Sift the flour and mix into the butter mixture and mix together. Add the bicarbonate of soda
- Mix in the mincemeat and walnuts and stir until it is all blended though.
- Use a spoon to drop biscuit sized shapes onto the baking tray, keeping them roughly even.
- Bake in the oven for 10 – 15 minutes until golden.