Christmas shortbread

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Last weekend I had a bit of a Christmas baking bonanza making this Christmas shortbread and John Whaite’s Vienesse mince pies. The mince pies were a bit of a disaster as although they looked good before they went in the oven they certainly didn’t afterwards! They did taste good though. This shortbread however was much more of a success both in appearance and taste. It was very popular in the staffroom at work, and combines the Christmas flavours of mincemeat and cranberries as well as shortbread. This is a Jo Wheatley recipe that you can find on her blog Jo’s Blue Aga. I used the mincemeat I made on Stir-up Sunday.
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Mincemeat

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Yesterday was ‘Stir-up Sunday’. The last Sunday before Advent where traditionally, families gather together in the kitchen of their homes to mix and steam Christmas pudding. It’s also the day lots of people choose to make their Christmas cake. I’m not a fan of dark, fruit cakes so don’t make one however I have been investigating the possibility of making a ‘White’ Christmas cake this year although this will be nearer to Christmas. We spend Christmas day with our combined families at Mr Birdie’s family home so I’m lucky not to have to worry too much about catering for Christmas day which also means I don’t need to worry about making Christmas pudding. I didn’t want to miss out on ‘Stir-up’ Sunday so decided to have a go at making my own mincemeat. I decided to use Jo Wheatley’s recipe which you can find on her blog here. I used slightly different quantities which I found on another blog.
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