Star-Topped Mince Pies
there's only four more sleeps 'til Christmas, but I'm not counting... The smell of pine and wood fires, the feeling of cosy knitted socks and the sound of sprightly festive tunes played on many a repetition can only mean one thing: Christmas is here. And Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without the taste of warming mulled wine, sparkling prosecco and a copious amount of mince pies. I kid you not when I say you can't just eat one of these. And Santa might want a little more left at the bottom of the chimney this year; after all, he's travelled all this way.
This is by far, my absolute favourite recipe. Though I'm intrigued to try new and unusual variations on the classic mince pie (frangipane is my next adventure), Nigella's recipe wins hands down. Less is definitely more and when you have the most crumbly, mouth-watering, Christmassy bitesize mouthful to devour, there needn't be a thickly clad coat of pastry and a bubbling dam-bursting overflow of sweet mincemeat inside. Go gently and you'll be rewarded.
With the last minute panic of Christmas shopping and food planning galore, decorations and a flurry of cards through the letterbox, it can be overwhelming to even consider home-baking mince pies. However, there's certainly no excuse for not having mince pies over the festive season (don't you dare buy store-bought varieties, it is a crime against Christmas!!) and this recipe will not only put you in jubilant spirit, but it can be done in a matter of minutes (ok, maybe a little longer) if you purchase some good-quality mincemeat as opposed to making your own. It's by far the best thing to indulge in over the holidays.