I think it is an accurate title. I am totally done in by December. And so looking forward to a few days of friends family and not much else. So, with the very few 'Dunnit does December' posts in mind, telling of my journey through the month, I thought you may like to see the results of FRIDAY afternoon. Three dozen mince pies, 1 dozen were flaky pastry, for that way lies Mr Dunnit's heart, see.
I wouldn't normally bother to show you such stuff; in our house, baking these is a given in December. But here's the thing; after a friendly exchange on Facebook, I've discovered that some of my international friends think that we're eating little pies made of minced beef. Oh ah. Argh. No. Mincemeat is very different from minced meat. It's dried fruits - sultanas, currants, glace cherries, spices like cinnamon and nutmeg and some suet if you aren't using the vege recipes. Combined, soaked with something alcoholic..this family favours a teeny splash of brandy and then 'thickened' with some ground almonds. Some add apple. Loads of us make it up as we go along, and still more of us buy jars of it ready to spoon into pastry...no harm, no foul. Just yummy. Which is why, today, MONDAY..I had to make another three dozen. It would seem that making them an-easy-to-handle size also makes them almost too easy-to-eat!
As I type, I'm enjoying a mug of fine English Breakfast tea from my lovely Christmas china. I'd like to say that the mince pies were warmed, put on a plate and lightly dusted with icing sugar prior to being delivered to my desk with the tea. In reality, I scoffed two while waiting for the kettle to boil......no plate, no ceremony. Ah well, no manners when alone - go on, you would have done the same!
And finally with reference to my previous post - thanks for asking - this is a jelly roll. Strips of co-ordinating fabrics..each strip about a metre long and 10cm wide....and you get loads, but I don't know how many! Nor do I know why they are called jelly rolls. I got mine from New Threads, my local b&m and online quilting store. It's a fabric wonderland. Helped by the fact that some of the fabrics are from scrapbook paper designers...love that overlap.
So, if you've got time on this countdown to the big Ho Ho Ho, tell me how your preparations are. And don't panic..it's going to happen anyway. And oh - so is the ridiculous WOYWW. Why? Well, we've kept each other company all year haven't we? No pressure, just as long as you promise to enjoy the day!