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Pork and Cranberry Pies

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As it’s Christmas I wanted to make a special savoury snack for the family.

Cranberries are an ingredient I’ve never used before and I was slightly unsure of what to do with them.

I was looking online for some flavour combinations and saw that Waitrose is making a cranberry topped pork pie┬áso I thought I’d give it a go.

I’ve wanted to try making hand-raised pies since seeing them on Great British Bake Off and this seemed like the perfect time, here’s the recipe:

250ml water

200g lard

750g plain flour

2 tsp salt

First mix the flour and salt together in a food processor and then leave.

Next you need to boil the water and lard together.

Then slowly pour in the water and lard liquid into the flour, mixing as you do.

Once it’s all bound together in a nice dough you can shape it, I used ramekins for the big ones and a greased cake tin for the little ones.

You need to chill the dough once it’s shaped for about 30 minutes.

For the filling you need:

800g pork mince

1 diced onion

A few sprigs of thyme

Salt and pepper

Mix all of the filling ingredients up and season well.

Then you can start filling the pie cases.

Bake in the oven at 180 degrees for 30 minutes, wash pastry with a whisked egg and then bake for a further 20 or 30 minutes.

Finish them off by topping with cranberries which have been cooked on a low heat for just a few minutes with 1 tbsp of sugar. You don’t want the cranberries to be too mushy, they still need a bit of a bite.

I crumbled Stilton cheese on this one and baked for another couple of minutes

Pork and cranberry pies

Pork and cranberry pies

 

 

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Baking for the office – carrot cupcakes

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So, I’ve made carrot cupcakes before and used the same recipe.

I just thought I’d show you the cute little decorations I did when I took some into work.

I made them out of block icing which I coloured and shaped and they went down really well!

Carrot Cupcakes

Carrot Cupcakes