Advent Challenge Day 21- Christmas Baking

Today, I (yet again) decided to change the planned post for today, mainly because I was doing a bit of Christmas baking!  I made mince pies and Weihnachtsplätzchen, which are traditional German Christmas biscuits!  I have put the ingredients, method and pictures on the post 🙂


Mince Pies

image (11)
The finished mince pies


This recipe makes 6.

  • 250g plain flour
  • 125g lard
  • 454g mincemeat
  • warm water to mix
  1. Rub the lard and flour together in a bowl until you get a breadcrumb-like mixture.
  2. Slowly add water to the mixture and mix using a metal knife.  Make sure that you don’t add too much water – just enough to make the mixture stick together to form a dough.

    My brother's mixture before adding water
    My brother’s mixture before adding water
  3. Squeeze the mixture so that it forms a ball of dough.
  4. Do not knead the dough. Roll the dough out, using flour on your surface and rolling pin to make sure that it doesn’t stick.

    Little helper optional!
    Little helper optional!
  5. Cut out circles from the dough – six for the  base and sides, and six for the tops.

    She made a 'nana (banana)
    She made a ‘nana (banana)
  6. Place the larger circles in a greased cupcake tin, and fill with the mincemeat (not actual meat). image (9)
  7. Use milk as a glue and brush it around the edges of the pastry.  Dip the edges of the smaller circles in the milk and place them on top, pinching the two pieces of pastry together.
  8. Brush milk on the top.  I don’t know why, you just have to apparently.                                    image (10)
  9. Bake your pies in the oven at Gas Mark 6 for about 25 minutes, or until done.
  10. Enjoy your finished mince pies!
    image (12)
    We also made a jam tart from the leftover pastry and put the ‘nana on the top 🙂



This recipe makes so many that I couldn’t be bothered to count.

  • 250g butter/ margarine
  • 250g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 500g plain flour
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • Icing sugar and water for icing
  1. Mix the butter, sugar and eggs in a bowl using a mixer.

  2. Gradually add the baking powder and flour and keep mixing.  Don’t worry if the mixture seems really wet – it’s fine!
  3. Roll out the dough with a bit of flour to stop it from sticking to the surface.
  4. Cut out your biscuit shapes, then bake at 200° for 5-8 minutes or until the edges are slightly brown. image (2)
  5. Ice your biscuits and enjoy!

    This isn't even all of them!  Sorry, I don't have a picture of the iced ones
    This isn’t even all of them! Sorry, I don’t have a picture of the iced ones

These biscuits taste a bit like shortbread! 🙂

Well, I hope you enjoyed today’s post, and possibly even have a go at making them yourself! 🙂

xx Elly xx



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