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Recipe: Mince Pie Bake

Shared by: Caroline Porter

Caroline’s tips:  This really is the world’s easiest recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Jar Mincemeat
  • 12 oz SR flour
  • 4 oz sugar
  • 8oz block of margerine
  • 1 egg

Baking Tray – 11″ x 7″

Directions:

  • Heat oven to 170 C fan
  • Melt butter in pan.
  • Cool a bit, then add egg, sugar and flour.
  • Spread 2/3 of mixture in the bottom of the baking tray
  • Spread the jar of mincemeat on top.
  • Spread the rest of the mixture on top and level.
  • Bake for 20 minutes.
  • Cut and sprinkle with icing sugar to serve.
Caroline's Mince Pie Bake
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Recipe: Cheat's Chocolate Trifle

Shared by: Margot Harbot

Margot’s tips:  A Firm Family Favourite – An Easy Peasy Recipe that never fails to please.  The best bit is that you can buy a multi pack of Cadbury flakes –  which leaves you a few treats to enjoy when the trifle has disappeared (which doesn’t usually take very long!).   START THE DAY BEFORE YOU WANT TO EAT IT!

Preparation Time:  15 Minutes – Honestly!

Ingredients:

  • 100g fresh wholemeal breadcrumbs
  • 3 tablespoons hot chocolate drinking powder
  • 2 tablespoons instant coffee powder (not granules)
  • 100 g demerara sugar
  • 284ml whipping cream
  • 1 Cadbury Flake

Directions:

  • Mix up all the dry ingredients together in a bowl.
  • Whip the cream until thick, but not solid.
  • Put one layer of dry mixture into your trifle bowl.
  • Layer with cream to cover.
  • Add a second layer of dry mixture.
  • Finish with a topping of whipped cream.
  • Break up your flake on the top to serve.
  • Refrigerate overnight.

Recipe: Spinach Feta Puffs

Shared by: Jayne Oliver

Jayne’s tips:  Saved from WI Life Magazine – December 2023.  

Don’t worry about the quantity of spinach – it reduces down very quickly.

Preparation Time:  25 Minutes 

Cook Time:  35 Minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil/vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 300g baby spinach, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon chilli flakes
  • 1 x 320 g sheet ready rolled puff pastry
  • 150g feta cheese, crumbled
  • salt to season (optional)
You will also need: A 12 hole muffin tin

Directions:

  • Sauté the onion until soft.
  • Add the garlic and fry for another minute.
  • Add the spinach, mint and chilli flakes.
  • Stir together, cover and leave to cook for 1-2 minutes until the spinach has just wilted.
  • Cool for 5 – 10 minutes, then stir in the crumbled feta.
  • Preheat the oven to 220C/200C Fan, Gas 7.
  • Grease the muffin tin generously.
  • Slice the pastry sheet into 3 even strips, then cut each strip into 4 even squares, so you have 12 in total.
  • Arrange a square in each hole, pressing it gently against the base and sides to form a cup for the filling.
  • Spoon the filling into the pastry cups – about 1 heaped tablespoon in each.
  • Gently fold the pastry corners in towards the middle without pinching them together.
  • Bake on the top rack for 15 minutes, then reduce the heat to 170C/150C Fan/Gas 3.
  • Cook for another 10 minutes until the pastry is golden.
  • Leave to cool for a few minutes, then remove from the tin with a thin spatula/palette knife.
  • Enjoy warm or cold.