Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Christmas Baking: Disney Mickey Mince Pies

 Not many people close to me know that baking has become a secret passion of mine. Though I find the whole process stressful, i'm immensely proud of myself when I open the oven door, a puff of hot smoke smacking my face, and finally my nose is greeted with the sweet smell of beautifully baked goods. It is at that point you know your hard work and tireless efforts have payed of. The cherry on the cake being able to see your little sugar monster tucking in and enjoying what you've made.

Its even more special at this time of year. Christmas always makes me want to venture into unknown territory. This year I went with the simple but tasty mince pie. I took my recipe from Zoella, and it was a superb batch if I do say so myself. And I will say it was IMMENSELY hard to share afterwards. Her measurements make quite a lot of cakes, so I just halved the recipe to make it suit me. Though Zoe's star design is so rustic and deliciously gorgeous, I wanted to put my own spin on it, in an attempt to make it more interesting for little man. Mickey mouse was the obvious choice, I haven't yet come across a child who doesn't like Mickey Mouse (My life is over when that day comes).

He could not stop smiling when he saw that cartoon face crisp within the pastry, suddenly baking with a toddler became enjoyable, and for both of us! Its a true Christmas miracle!
All we used was a toast cutter given to us inside an Easter box, but thankfully Disney cutters aren't so hard to come by with the help of the internet. Here is one you could use for your mince pies. 

Do you like baking at Christmas? Try and see how imaginative you can get with it. Perhaps Thomas next year, or maybe a much bigger, riskier cake, that Elijah is sure to slop onto the floor. 

Merry Christmas everyone! Have a good one and be proud of your homemade masterpieces x

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