Mince Pies are a British Christmas staple. These sweet and boozy mini fruit pies are the perfect recipe to add to your Holiday cookie platter!
Massey University students take part in a pie-eating contest.
Hot mince pastries were devoured as hungry students took part in a pie-eating competition at Massey University.
Nine people entered the competition on Wednesday and second-year journalism student James Pocock, 19, was able to stuff his face the fastest.
The contestants were given three minutes to eat as many Goodtime mince pies as possible.
Pocock and two others had gobbled their first pie inside the first minute, but the others couldn’t keep up with a hungry Pocock, who had finished finished 3½ pies when time ran out.
Festive foods are out on display even though Britain is only just cooling down from the August heatwave.
Starry mince pie tart – an attractive twist on traditional mince pies. Shortcrust pastry filled with vegan friendly mincemeat and topped with cinnamon shortbread stars. Perfect as a festive centrepiece!
I absolutely adore mince pies and I dread to think how many of them I get through each Christmas! Shop bought ones are all well and good but you can’t beat a tasty homemade one; preferably with homemade mincemeat too.
This starry mince pie tart is a different way to serve mince pies – as one large tart which can be sliced up to serve. It looks very pretty with it’s starry topping and it would make a great dessert centrepiece served with some vanilla cream/custard or ice cream.
It consists of a crisp shortcrust pastry base filled with homemade (or shop-bought – your choice!) mincemeat and is topped with pretty cinnamon shortcrust star biscuits.
I used dairy free margarine in the pastry, mincemeat and shortbread to make this starry mince pie tart suitable for vegans. I think that coconut oil would also work if you prefer, though it may make the pastry a little more difficult to work with.
If you don’t want to make your own mincemeat (though it is very easy to do!), a lot of shop bought ones are vegan friendly as they use vegetable suet. Do make sure that you check the label though, as mincemeat is traditionally made with beef suet and some varieties use butter.
If you do decide to buy the mincemeat then you will need two 411g jars.
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Andrew Marshall, 36, serves a poultry leg, battered sprouts, carrots, pigs-in-blankets and stuffing – all battered.
There’s also a gravy bomb and a mince pie to finish it off – which are also fried.
The festive takeaway totals an artery-clogging 1,100 calories but is relatively light on the wallet at just £9.95.
There’s still be four months to go until Santa pops down the chimney but supermarkets are already stocking up on seasonal snacks, including the classic mince pie.
Shoppers were left surprised after discovering packs of mince pies have already hit the shelves at Asda.
The supermarket’s bosses say they are a “firm favourite” among customers .
And, while there are plenty of people who are genuinely looking forward to the Yuletide season, some shoppers think it’s far too early.
Sainsbury’s is selling freshly baked mince pies in its bakery section.
A picture of the pies was posted on a popular money-saving Facebook group , and it is dividing opinions.
Some people are genuinely looking forward to eating their first mince pie of the year.
“Sainsbury’s mince pies are the best!,” one customer gleefully commented.
Whilst another posted: “I know they are early but they are the nicest mince pie.”
Christmas has come very early this year.
Just days after revealing hot cross buns are being sold all year round, Coles has announced another festive classic is hitting the shelves full time.
This time it’s the classic fruit mince pie — usually enjoyed in December — that is being offered up early.
But instead of curbing mince-pie-cravings, the decision has created a furious debate.
Many Christmas lovers are branding the decision “gross”, saying the Australian retail giant has “destroyed the true meaning” of the tradition.