While we can only dream about the usual traveling with planes, we can easily travel in the kitchen with the best treats from all over the world. Every year, in the pre-Christmas period, people have a tradition of visiting one country and empathizing with its Christmas mood and festive traditions. England is one of the most idyllic Christmas places, so we invite you to enjoy an English treat and give yourself a very little Christmas with every bite.
English Christmas Cakes
In England, these cakes are called Mince Pies and they are traditional Christmas pastries. Their filling can be prepared in advance, even a month before the day you are going to bake them for Christmas and stored in the fridge until it is going to be needed. This filling is particularly rich in flavors and aromas, based on a variety of dried fruits and berries, chopped nuts, fragrant gingerbread spices with cinnamon and aromatic rum or brandy. The smell of this filling is just magical! The dough is usually made from butter, but you can use the frozen puff pastry if you have no time or patient to prepare your own. This easy-to-make and delicious recipe is based on the recipe of Mary Berry who is called the queen of English pastries.
To prepare a ripe dried fruit filling you will need: 200 g of light raisins; 200 g of dark raisins; 100 g of large jumbo raisins; 200 g dried cranberries; 100 g citrus peel candies; 2 small peeled and sliced apples; 50 g chopped almonds; 125 g butter; 200 g of brown sugar; 1 teaspoon cinnamon; 1 teaspoon ginger spices; 1 finely grated lemon peel and juice; 200 ml of rum or brandy. If you want to make butter dough by yourself, then you will need: 175 g of flour; 75 g butter; 25 g sugar; 1 egg; 1 orange grated peel.
Prepare the filling. Put the butter and sugar in a pot, put all the remaining ingredients, except alcohol, on them and cook, stirring constantly, until boiling, and cook after boiling for another 10 minutes. Then pour in the alcohol, stir, and leave to cool completely. Put the filling in a sterilized container and keep it cold. Prepare the dough. Chop the cold butter with flour and sugar into greasy crumbs. Grate the orange peel and beat the egg, knead the dough. Put in the refrigerator for an hour to set.
Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces. Prepare a cupcake baking sheet. Roll out each piece of dough and squeeze a circle twice the size of the cupcake mold cavity. Place the dough circles nicely in the baking-shaped cavities so that not only the bottom but also the sides are covered with the dough. Put a few teaspoons of the prepared filling. Roll out the dough and squeeze the stars with cookie molds and place them on top of each cake. Bake in a preheated oven at 160 ° C for 10 minutes. Leave the baked cakes in the baking sheet to cool before removing them with a knife. The cakes are quite brittle, so remove them carefully. Enjoy!