Countdown to Christmas:
Mincemeat Scones for the Christmas Tea Time Table
Now don’t get me wrong, I DO love a warm mince pie or four, and they are always on my Christmas baking menu every year – in fact, I am already thinking of baking them in November, such is my love or should I say lust for a crumbly, buttery, booze-laden mincer, as we call them “up North”…..but, it’s nice now and then to have a wee change, and thus today’s recipe was created for something new…….call it Avant Garde, but why not have mincemeat in scones?
So, with a jingle of festive bells and a jangle of elfin whistles, I bring to you my latest Churchill China recipe for the season…..Mincemeat Scones! These were an utter triumph when I made them on the First Sunday in Advent, 30th November, and they were polished off in rapid quick time as soon as they hit my pretty Penzance patterned plate. All that was needed to scoff these fruity little numbers was a generous spreading of butter and we were all in scone and mincemeat heaven.
These would make a WONDERFUL alternative to mince pies for those of you who are not big pastry lovers and I have already made another dozen for the freezer. There is one rule for making this recipe, and that is PLEASE use a high quality mincemeat and a fat-free one is also best. I have a fabulous recipe for Traditional Boozy Mincemeat with Apples on Lavender and Lovage that would be perfect for this recipe.
This time last year saw me making puddings with some of my beautiful Penzance china…….namely a fabulously easy to make Quick and Easy Microwave Mincemeat Christmas Pudding Recipe. As Churchill China’s UK Blogger and Ambassador, I am lucky enough to have most of their range, including the rather iconic pudding basin and other baking apparel. So, for this year’s festive recipe, I thought I would feature their gorgeous rolling pin, sugar/flour sifter and butter dish, as well as some of the side plates.
As well as this super pud and today’s mincemeat scones recipes, I also have some other lovely recipes for the season such as Sugar Frosted Orange & Brandy Mince Pies.…..
……as well as some Spiced Mincemeat Meringue Pies too!
But, back to today’s recipe, these scones would be spot on for any Christmas Tea Time Table menu, or why not slip a couple into a lunchbox for school or the office? Mini versions would also be perfect for the canapé buffet table, as well as for a winter picnic. Make them now and freeze them before shopping, school nativity plays, carol concerts and office parties take over your life…….and let me know what you think of you make them! Have a wonderful rest of the week……see you soon with more recipes and a new giveaway, Karen
Disclaimer: I received a Churchill china Penzance dinnerware service for free, in order to share and showcase the china with my readers as part of my sponsored collaboration with Churchill China. With thanks to Churchill China for sending me some further items from the Penzance range to use and review. I was not asked to write a positive review and all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Karen S Burns-Booth