Crimble Crafts: Cheatin’ Boozey Chocolate Chip Mince Pies

Mince Pies 17Hello Lovelies,

How’s the Christmas preparations going? Time is whizzing by and it feels there are not enough hours in the day to get everything done. So with that in mind, here’s a cheats guide to super yummy mince pies. I LOVE mince pies, like, REALLY love them. The problem is, it’s hard to find vegan friendly ones in supermarkets, so I usually end up having to make my own. These ones use pre-made pastry for speed and ease. I knocked them up for a little Mince Pies and Mulled Wine party my friend Lillith throws each year (she’s the hostess with the mostest). I found a bag of choc chips in the baking cupboard when I was pulling together the ingredients and I thought, let’s chuck them in the mince and see how they turn out. Well, they turned out GREAT and they didn’t last very long at the party. If you are feeling extra pushed for time or just kind of lazy, you could just use your jar of mince straight up but I like to give mine a little extra oomf. Here’s what you do…

You Will Need:Mince Pies 01

*1 pack of jus-roll short crust pastry (or the pre-rolled one if you are super lazy)

*1 jar of mincemeat (no, not the animal variety, gross! these are meant to be vegan!)

*Zest and juice of 1/2 an orange

*a handful of almond slivers

*50g of dark choc chips

*2 table spoons of whisky

*vegan spread for greasing the pan

*1 table spoon of non-dairy milk for brushing the top of the pies

ALSO HANDY…

A 12 hole muffin tray, off-set spatula, medium mixing bowl, grater or zester, juicer, pastry brush, mixing spoon, rolling pin, flour for rolling, measuring spoons, large round cookie cutter, star shaped cookie cutter.

Pre-heat oven to 200’c (180’c for fan assisted ovens). Grease the muffin pan and set aside.

What You Do:

1) Spoon the jar of mincemeat into a mixing bowl. Add in the chocolate chips, almond slivers, orange zest and juice, and the whisky. Mix until well combined and set aside.Mince Pies 06 Mince Pies 07 Mince Pies 08

2) Roll out the pastry block onto a lightly floured surface to the thickness of about 0.5cm or a little thinner. Using a round cookie cutter big enough to line your muffin wells, cut out 12 discs (I used a mug because I couldn’t find my cookie cutters).Mince Pies 09 Mince Pies 10

3) Gently line each well with a disc of pastry and gently press into place.Mince Pies 12

4) Roll out the remaining pastry again and cut out 12 stars (or hearts, moons, pigs, you get the idea).Mince Pies 13

5) Spoon in about 1 1/2 tea spoons of mince mixture into each prepared muffin well. Gently place a star (or whatever shape you’re using) on top of each pie and brush lightly with a little of the non-dairy milk.Mince Pies 14 Mince Pies 15

6) Bake in the middle shelf of your oven for 15-20 minutes until lightly golden.

7) Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly (but not completely) before transferring to a wire cooling rack. Please don’t eat these straight out of the oven as they will be really bloody hot! You’ve been warned (you’re still going to do though, aren’t you? Thought so).Mince Pies 16

8) Serve! I suggest a bit of custard, ice-cream or vegan brandy butter/cointreau cream. My camera batteries died before I got a photo of these pies all laid out ready to serve. They looked pretty all stacked up on the plate. Never mind!

There you have it. These babies will not last long. Warm gently in the oven before serving and all the chocolate chips will start to melt slightly. The way the flavours all meld is amazing, my mouth is watering just thinking about them. I hope you enjoy making and eating these pies as much as I did. That’s all for today and as always, thank you kindly for reading!

MHB

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Coco Loco* Top 10 Beauty Uses for Coconut Oil

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Hello Lovelies,

Today I want to share a thrifty beauty secret with you. It’s all natural, tasty and it smells amazing, yep, coconut oil. Coconut oil has been used as a beauty product around the world for many years. Most notably as a moisteriser and as a hair conditioner (as well as something you can cook and bake with). Here I my top 10 beauty uses for this wonder oil…

1) Make-up remover: Gently rub the coconut oil all over your face to dissolve even waterproof makeup. Use a warm muslin cloth or soft cotton towelling face cloth to wipe away all traces of makeup. Also, don’t worry if you have oily skin. Oil cleansing is really great for oily skin as like attracts like and the coconut oil molecules attach to the sebum in your face and pull them out! Add some virgin castor oil to the mix if you have oily skin and you’ll be able to feel the ‘plugs’ of dirt from your face after massaging for a few minutes. Gross but also kind of satisfying!

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2) Moisteriser: Massage a small amount into your face after cleansing. Coconut oil sinks into skin leaving it soft and supple.

3) Body scrub: Half a cup of soft brown sugar, half a cup or coconut oil. Mix together and smooth all over in the shower. Smells AMAZING (and is totally edible too). Leaves your tushy smooth as a baby’s!

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4) Lip balm: Decant a small amount into a small tin to carry about with you. Apply when lips are feeling dry (or in preparation for a major make out session).

5) Tinted balm/gloss: Same as above, except, mix in a bit of your favourite lipstick. Make as intense or sheer as you like. Alternatively, apply a small amount over matte lipstick to add a slight sheen.

6) Hair shine pomade: A SMALL amount of this wonder oil rubbed into your palms and smoothed over your hair will add a lovely glossy shine to your finished do.

Shine added with a little coconut oil.

7) Hair conditioner: Rub into your scalp and all the way to the ends of your hair (only on the ends if your hair tends to get greasy). Wrap your head in clingfilm and leave for at least an hour. Rinse with shampoo twice to ensure the oil is removed. You shouldn’t need to use conditioner, just rub a tiny bit of extra coconut oil through the ends of your hair when it’s dry if you have frizzies.

8 ) Cuticle/nail oil: Massage into the cuticles and all over the nail bed (and your hands too if you like), pop on cotton gloves for 20 minutes for extra softening. Wash hands and push back your cuticles with an orange stick.

9) Eyelash and brow tamer: Rub a little coconut oil over a spoolie, old mascara wand or toothbrush then run it through your lashes and brows. This is great for those who don’t like to wear a lot of makeup or for people with thick dark lashes who really don’t need mascara (you lucky devils!).

10) Face mask: There are several different ways you can use coconut oil as a face mask. The most simple one is a quick exfoliating mask. Add half a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda to it and massage into your face GENTLY. Wipe away with a warm cloth and splash your face a few times. Finish with a little more of the oil to moisterise.

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Another way is to smoosh it up with half of a ripe avocado, apply liberally over your face and leave for 30 minutes. Both coconut oil and avocado are super moisterising, so this is great for dry/sensitive skins.

Just a quick note: Make sure that you purchase a cold pressed, raw and organic coconut oil to get the most goodness from the oil. There are a few different versions out there. You can get it with the scent removed (favoured for cooking so that the smell doesn’t over power the other ingredients) but I actually really like it with the scent. It makes me smell like a cookie! You’ll get around 500ml for anywhere between £10-£20 depending on the brand you go for but it will last ages. I’ve had my current jar (Tiana brand, from Holland & Barrett) for 3 months and I’m only a quarter way through it. Obviously, if you make body scrub from it, it’ll get used up more quickly though. Also, coconut oil is solid when it’s cold and liquid when warm, so you will need to warm it in your hands slightly before using as a moisteriser, mask, pomade etc.

I hope you found this interesting. It really is a thrifty, healthy and natural product. That’s all for today. Thank you kindly for reading.

*Bonus points for getting the title reference ;)

MHB

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