Mince Pie Filling Recipe| Champagne Twist

This is a quick and simple recipe for the festive season. You can use this recipe for mince pies, or as an ingredient for fruit cakes. A useful store cupboard standby.

Mince Pie Filling Recipe | Champagne Twist

 

Ingredients:

  • 100g glace cherry halves
  • 400g jumbo raisin mix
  • 200g dried cranberries
  • 100g mixed citrus peel
  • 100g ginger
  • 1 tbsp of ground allspice
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tbsp ground cloves
  • 1 tbsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of brandy
  • 1 cup of orange liquor

Equipment:

  • 1 large bowl
  • 1 spatula or spoon
  • 1 large sterilised glass jar

Method:

Mix all the fruit and spices together in a bowl and then fill your sterilised glass jar, ensuring that you leave room for the alcohol.

In the same bowl or jug, mix together the vanilla and alcohol, then pour over the fruit mix in the glass jars.

Allow the mixture to steep for at least a week in a cool dark place. The longer you leave it, the better.

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There you go – proper luxury mincemeat. Also serves as a lovely Christmas foodie gift. Just grab a label and some ribbon and you’re done! It’s also a good way to use up all those half empty bottles of alcohol.

Cheat’s Berry Meringue Nests – recipe | Champagne Twist

berry meringue nests

For a quick and simple dessert or afternoon tea treat, here’s a recipe for those moments when you need something decadent, but lack time.

Cheat’s Berry Meringue Nests – recipe

by Champagne Twist

berry meringue nest

Ingredients:

  • Ready made meringues
  • Mixed berries, I used
    • Strawberries
    • Raspberries
    • Blueberries
    • Blackberries
  • Yogurt such as Thick Greek, Greek style, lemon, plain or vanilla
  • Sprig of mint, for decoration (optional)
  • Icing sugar, for decoration (optional)

Method:

  1. Using one meringue person, fill the city of each meringue nest wth 1 tablespoon of your chosen yogurt.
  2. Top off each nest with a mix of berries. You can, for instance, cut 1 large. strawberry into quarters and add 1 piece to each nest.  Add a couple each of the remaining fruit to each nest to finish.
  3. Decorate the nests with a sprig of mint and dust with icing sugar if using.

cheat's berry meringue nests 2

 

With only requiring a few pieces of fruit and a little yogurt, you can create impressive looking and tasting meringue nests, within a relatedly small budget. You can try any combination of fruit and sauces. How about caramel sauce, chocolate sauce and chopped banana.

I hope you like this recipe, if you do, please leave a comment below. If you have any ideas on how to use meringues, again please leave a comment below.

Thanks for reading, see you soon!

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