ethical mince pies

There really isn’t anything as delicious and comforting as a home made mince pie that’s still warm from the oven. It’s totally evocative of Christmas with the smell of all the spices, dried fruit and brandy. These mince pies are totally vegetarian and don’t use beef suet or the unethical palm oil which are in most shop bought mince meat jars and mince pies. They are easy to make, you use shop bought pastry if you can’t, like me, be bothered to make it and because the filling is so good, no one will notice. They are fun to make with kids too as they can decorate the top their way. I use a Christmas tree cookie  cutter, but there are lots of different Christmas themed cookie cutters you could use.

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lemon tarts

These tartlets take about 10 minutes to make and another 2 hours to chill. Buy good quality ready made sweet tartlet shells (available in supermarkets) and after they have set, dust with icing sugar, and possibly a raspberry or decorate your way.

Makes approx. 32.

Sweet tartlet cases
3 whole eggs
3 whole egg yolks
3/4 cup of sugar
1 tablespoon of lemon zest
2/3 cup of fresh lemon juice
2/3 cup of butter
1/2 cup full fat sour cream


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