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Dust off your apron, pick up your baking essentials and grab your ace accessories. It’s that time of year to showcase your inner baker with our easy festive recipes.
Before you begin, make sure you have some non-stick trays and tins – you don’t want your mince pies getting stuck. And with easy to grab edges too, there'll be no burnt fingers this year.
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Mince pie recipe
A festive twist on the traditional mince pie. Sainsbury’s have spiced up their recipe with this tipple treat. Whether you choose to add some extra flavour or not, these mince pies are easy to bake…and eat.
Prep time: 20 mins, plus 30 mins for chilling
Cooking time: 20 mins
What you'll need:
300g plain flour
50g icing sugar
150g butter, diced
1 egg yolk
411g jar mincemeat
Zest of 1 orange
1 tbsp whisky (optional)
- Whizz the flour, icing sugar and butter together in a food processor until they form small crumbs.
- Add the egg yolk and 1 tablespoon of cold water to the mix, whizz together briefly to bring the pastry together.
- Wrap and chill your pastry in the fridge for 30 minutes.
- Once chilled, roll your pastry out on a floured surface. Use a pastry cutter to cut out 16 rounds (about 9cm each), to make the bottom of your mince pies.
- Press the rounds into a lightly greased cupcake tray, and prick the bases with a fork.
- Mix the mincemeat with the orange zest and optional whisky, and spoon into your pastry cases.
- Re-roll your remaining pastry out and cut lids or other shaped tops for your mince pies. Pop them on top of your mince pie cases.
- Preheat your oven to 190C (fan) or 170C (gas 5).
- Brush the lids of your mince pies with milk and sprinkle with a little sugar. Pop them in the oven for 20 mins or until they're golden.
Christmas cake recipe
Sainsbury’s couldn’t make baking any easier, than with this 5 ingredient Christmas cake. Perfect for a first-time tryer, busy hostess or traditional fruit cake fans.
Prep time: 15 mins
Cooking time: 3 hours 45 mins
What you'll need:
200g unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
200g dark brown soft sugar
4 eggs, lightly beated
225g plain flour, sifted
1kg pre-soaked mixed fruit
- Preheat your oven to 150C/fan, 130C/ gas mark 2
- Grease a 19cm round cake tin and line the bottom and sides with baking parchment.
- Place the butter and sugar into a bowl and cream together with a mixer.
- Gradually whisk in the eggs, fold in the flour and then add the mixed fruit. Spoon the mixture into the tin and smooth the top.
- Bake for 3 hours 45 mins, or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Cover with greaseproof paper if it's getting too brown.
- Leave in the tin to cool for 15 mins before turning out onto a wire rack to cool fully.
- Decorate to your choosing.
- Before you start, make sure you have all the equipment and ingredients you'll need.
- Weigh your ingredients carefully. If you’re even the slightest bit out, it can affect your bake.
- Be mindful of how much baking powder you use. Too much could result in your bake rising and falling too quickly, drying it out.
- Keep eggs and dairy products at room temperature, it’ll help give a more even and fuller result.
- To check if your cake is cooked, stick a sharp knife in the middle. If it comes out clean, it’s ready.
- Take your time, put on some Christmas music and have fun!