Cakes, Bakes, and Me

Mincemeat….to buy or to make?

For the last few years, when I’ve baked my Christmas cakes (around September) I’ve also made my own mincemeat. For home and for the Christmas fair at Church. This year I didn’t. I don’t really know why…. I just didn’t! But I’ve just come across a tweet by Whitworths with a recipe, and I’ve got the urge! There’s something gratifying and satisfying (yes, I’m a poet too) about homemade, and although I’m usually all about trying unbranded foodstuffs whenever possible, there’s something special about Whitworths super juicy fruits that I can’t resist 😊 That’s right, I’m fruitist lol πŸ˜‹

The only thing I would change about the recipe and this is just my personal taste, is I would add cranberries (or substitute some of the other fruits) I love cranberries! And even though fresh cranberries are in the supermarket now, I still prefer to use the dried ones. Now I say dried, but they’re really not! They’re plump and gorgeous 😘 I use them in my cakes (and their soft apricots) mincemeat, and even stuffing since I found a recipe for chestnut and cranberry stuffing a few years ago. (I really don’t like the taste of sage!)

I think I’m going to have to put my money where my mouth is and whip up a batch after all! I’m practically salivating at the thought of a freshly baked mince pie now 😝

Right, that’s decided then, tomorrow’s task! Ooh, and I’ll tell you all about what I did with a rather large pumpkin tomorrow too! (Behave!)

Right, I’m off to bed to dream of Christmas goodies….if I can stop my tummy rumbling!

Sleep well, and stay safe and healthy

Debbie ❀

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