‘Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.’
Something to make – mince pies!
To make the pastry – (if doing this with young children warn them that the pastry needs to go in the fridge for a bit. My children found it easier to cope with the wait if they knew it was going to happen)
- 8oz plain flour (add a pinch of salt)
- 2oz lard
- 2oz marg/butter
- cold water
- extra flour for rolling out
- shallow bun tin
- round cookie cutters
Measure out the flour and add the salt. Add the lard and marg and rub in to the flour with fingertips till it looks like breadcrumbs. Children can do this – just try to make sure their hands don’t get too warm – pastry loves cold hands!
Then add just enough cold water to make a dough. Add a little at a time. I mix this in with a knife (like the one you use with a fork – no sharp edges!) . Then chill the dough for about half an hour wrapped in cling film.
Roll out 12 larger circles to fit in the bun tin and 12 tops. These need to be smaller and can be different shapes.
Grease the bun tin. Put in the bottoms and add a spoon of good quality mincemeat. Add the tops. Brush with a little milk. Put a small cut in each lid.
Bake in a hot oven (200c) for about 15 minutes. When baked the mincemeat will be very hot so leave to cool a bit before enjoying.