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‘Tis the season for sweet ‘n’ spicy. But why not do something a little different this year, and turn gingerbread man into gingerbread jam? This delicious cupboard filler can be a chutney for cheese boards or a topping for sweet breakfasts and desserts. How will you serve yours? Even better you can start getting prepped for Christmas and make yours now. 

Gingerbread Man-Jam Recipe:

Makes 1kg (just over 3 x jam jars)

Time: 45 mins

Ingredients:


4 apples peeled, cored and diced into 1cm chunks (sweet and tart variety such as Gala)

120ml lemon juice

130ml apple juice

1 cinnamon stick

1.5 inches of fresh ginger, finely chopped

100g granulated white sugar

30g gingerbread man, blitzed into fine breadcrumbs

1tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

120ml black treacle


Method:


1. In a large, deep saucepan add the apples, lemon juice, apple juice, cinnamon stick and fresh ginger and gently simmer for 10-15 mins until soft.

2. Add the remaining ingredients and simmer for a further 15 mins ensuring to stir and then boil for 5 mins until sticky and thickened - the mixture should be around 100 degrees (you can adjust the acidity and sugar levels by adding more sugar or lemon at this point, so remember to taste)

3. Test the jam is ready by spooning a little onto a chilled plate. Leave to cool for 2 mins and then gently push with your finger. If it wrinkles and does not spill back on itself it is ready. If it is still loose boil for a further 5 mins.

4. Cool for 10 mins, stir and then pour into jars, seal and label.


Once opened, refrigerate and use within 4 weeks.


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Orange Mince Pie Puffs Recipe


Orange Mince Pie Puffs Recipe

Serves 12 | Time: 35 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 x 320g puff pastry sheets
  • 300g mincemeat
  • 150g orange marmalade
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • Butter for greasing
  • Plain flour for dusting
  • Caster sugar to sprinkle on top of pies

Method

  1. Heat oven to gas 6, 200°C, fan 180°C . Liberally rub a 12 hole muffin tray with butter and then dust with flour.
  2. Unroll 1 x puff pastry sheet and roll with a rolling pin a little. Use a round cutter that is a few cm bigger than each muffin hole and cut out 12 disks.
  3. Gently push each disk into each muffin hole to form the bottom and sides of your mince pie.
  4. Spoon in 1 heaped tbsp of mincemeat followed by a 1 tsp of marmalade into each case. Brush the rim of each with beaten egg.
  5. Unroll the other puff pastry sheet and use a round cutter that is a similar size to the circumference of your mince pies and cut out 12 disks.
  6. Pop a disk on top of each mince pie and use your finger to pinch and seal together.
  7. Brush with egg and dust with sugar and pop in the oven for 20 mins.
  8. Carefully remove from the tins and enjoy warm.