This is the time of the year I would like to make all kinds of special things but alas, I don't really have the time and ....lets face it what would be the point, my adorable teenager, Skater would probably not eat any of it . He most certainly would not consider eating this Fruit Mince Crumble Slice!!
I had a lunch to go to the other day....and so I squeezed this in amongst the Canapés and desserts I am making for other people. It's a good one for making ahead or making as gifts.
In the meantime, now that school is finished
. I have been encouraging my school leaver to get himself organised ( for life ...).
During the week he had to post off his acceptance for the course he wants to do at AIM
. I received a phone call that day at work with an important question. At the post office, Skater had managed to buy an envelope and one of those stamps that looks like a piece of paper with writing stamped on it. He had addressed the envelope (another story in itself), but he couldn't work out where to put the stamp or how to stick it on.........................here is the silence that met this question...surely he was joking with me? This is where I also received quite a bit of flak from my work colleges because I told him to go back into the post office and ASK! I know that was cruel , but I am sure this was a valuable life experience for him. It remains to be seen whether anyone of his generation will ever need to post a letter, but at least he knows how to lick a stamp now.....and where it goes.
In other news, he is cooking dinner tonight. A lovely pasta dish incorporating a present he was recently given. Tell me if you have ever seen this shape pasta before?
Well neither HAD I , until now
Fruit Mince Crumble Slice
My Kitchen Stories: Tania Cusack
- 1 cup of sultanas
- 1 cup of golden raisins
- 1 cup of sour cherries
- 1 cup of apricots ( chopped)
- 100 gm red cherries
- 1 cup of seedless muscatels ( or currants)
- 220 gm orange marmalade
- zest and juice of 2 oranges
- zest and juice of 2 lemons
- 90 gm brown sugar (1/2 cup)
- 2 Tablespoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspooon allspice
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon ginger
- a couple of grinds of fresh pepper
- 2 grated apples
- 100 gm butter
- 450 gm flour (3 cups)
- 225 gm softened butter (1 cup)
- 100 gm fine sugar ( ½ cup)
- 2 beaten eggs
- 120 gm brown sugar
- 120 gm butter
- 160 gm flour
- ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
- Put all of the ingredients for the fruit mince, except the apples into a pot and simmer for a few minutes ( 5-8) until well combined and bubbling. Stir in the apple and cool. I like to make this the day before
- Put the softened butter in a mixer and beat till fluffy add the sugar and beat again till pale.
- Add the eggs and mix in well. Pour in the flour and mix till just combined . Tip out the dough and push together. Next push into the lined brownie pan, till evenly spaced and flat. Chill in the fridge ( ½ to 1 hour)
- Put the ingredients for the crumble into a mixer with the flat mixing paddle. Mix till well combined and the mixture is stick and forming lumps. A crumble must be sticky and lumpy or it will be too dry. If it is floury add a little more butter and mix
- Bake the base blind until just golden. Cool slightly
- Spread fruit mince onto the pastry base and cover all over with the crumble mix.
- Bake till the crumble is golden and crispy. ( Approximately ½ an hour)
Here they are packed and ready for Santa