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Friday, 18 December 2009

Comfort food!

Today I felt the need for something warm and comforting so decided to make us a mincemeat and apple round for pudding. This is a recipe from my Mum's old 1970s Good Housekeeping cookbook and as I had half a jar of my home made mincmeat to use up it was ideal.

Rub 3 oz butter into 6 oz self raising flour (those of you with hawk eyes will see I am using plain flour but I add baking powder to make my own SR flour ever since I found thedifferent flours in France so difficult to understand!)

Add 3 oz sugar and an egg and just enough milk to make a fairly stiff dough - I always forget and make mine too wet and the it's difficult to handle! A case of don't do as I do but do as I say!!

Form half the dough into a circle and place on a greased baking sheet. Top with a grated peeled apple and some mincemeat - I don't measure mine but use what looks about right!

Roll out the other half and make a lid to top the first piece and brush with milk and sprinkle with demerara sugar. Bake at 375 degrees (I told you it was an old recipe so the measurements and temperatures are in the old style!)

Serve hot cut into slices

and top with a little hot custard - delicious. The remains can also be served cold as a cake with a cup of tea or heated for another hot pudding.

Makes a change from mincepies if you have any mincemeat left after Christmas or why wait till after Christmas try some now like I did!!


  1. Yum... going to try this definitely!

  2. I will be coming back to this recipe, Jane! I'm exactly the same with the flour, BTW.

  3. Oh, I have to try this one. Yummie, yummie, yummie...

  4. Comfort food is the best!
    Looks so yummy!xxx

  5. I can almost smell it, it looks sooooo delicious!

  6. Ooh that really does sound and look delicious, and today has certainly been the day for comfort food. When I was in Cornwall with my parents last weekend my Mother had made a seriously good fruit loaf from a Good Housekeeping book bought for her in 1974 - perhaps it's the same one as yours. (I did a post on comfort food not so long ago - my ideal is piping hot homemade baked beans although I can see why you go for yours!)

    Enjoy your pudding - if there's any left!!

  7. Jane,
    This looks delicious. I showed the pictures to my husband and he's put an order in for one next week. Sadly, pastry is not one of my talents, but I might give it a try. After all he still hasn't bought my present yet so I need to keep him sweet!

  8. this looks delish as jamie wouuld say!! and not tooo complicated!

  9. Looks wonderful. I'm afraid I'm no good at the pastry either - warm hands!

  10. That looks seriously tasty! I too have the old Good Housekeeping cookery book...............

  11. oh, lovely..looks delicious!I'd love to try and make one!

  12. My darling I wish you and yours all the joy, love, hope, blessings, peace, laughter, miracles, good health and boundless wealth during this holiday season and always.

    Love & Hugs


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