The festive season brings out the baker in all of us. It’s the family get-togethers, the warm nostalgia of an annual reunion of far-flung family members, the sharing, the air of positivity, the reflection on the year that was and the promise of the year that will be.
With the festive season comes an influx of mouths to feed. With that in mind, here are three inventive festive season baking ideas that are sure to delight you and yours this Christmas.
Danish pastry mince pies
Fruit mince pies have been a popular Christmas tradition for Australian families for decades. Indeed, mince pies are synonymous with Christmas in much of the English-speaking world and the history of the mince pie dates back to the 13th Century.
To put a modern twist on your fruit mince pies this festive season, try shaping them as Danish pastries with a custard almond base and dusted with icing sugar. Along with our Large Square Pastry Shells, you’ll need:
- 150g of custard
- 50g of ground almonds
- ¼ tsp almond extract
- 160g mince meat
- One egg yolk
- 25g flaked almonds
- icing sugar
This modern take on the traditional mince pie takes less than an hour to make (including cook time) and the full recipe can be found here.
Canadian Christmas butter tarts
Considered one of Canada’s quintessential Christmas treats, the Canadian Christmas butter tart is a sweet pastry delicacy filled with butter, sugar, syrup, and egg. Once baked, the filling is mouth-wateringly semi-solid with a crunchy top.
Exact recipes for the Canadian Christmas butter tart vary across the different regions of Canada, with some of the more progressive variants including everything from raisins, walnuts and pecans to bacon, pumpkin, chili and salted caramel.
Making 18-20 of these Canadian Christmas delights should take you around 50 minutes (including cook time). Starting with Bakers Maison’s Large Square Pastry Shells, the recipe calls for the following ingredients:
- Two large eggs
- 85g brown sugar
- 75g raisins or sultanas
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or essence
- 55g butter, room temperature
- 250ml golden syrup
- A pinch of salt
The full recipe for Canadian Christmas butter tarts can be found here.
Christmas pudding custard pastry braid
Regardless of how many extended family members and friends you invite to your Christmas soiree, it’s all but guaranteed that come Boxing Day and beyond you’ll be left with a fridge and freezer full of left overs. There’s nothing worse than letting good food go to waste, so why not take that leftover Christmas pudding and put it towards a custard pastry braid?
On top of the leftover pudding, leftover custard and our Large Square Pastry Shells, the Christmas pudding custard pastry braid requires little more than:
- 1 tbsp caster sugar
- 1 tbsp water
- 1 tbsp dried cranberries (or other dried fruits)
- 1 tbsp pistachios (or other nuts)
This inventive way to repurpose Christmas leftovers can be ready to eat in around 45 minutes and you’ll find the full recipe here.
Get baking with Bakers Maison
Do these recipes tantalise you? Want to get creative and bake something downright delicious this festive season? You’ll need to start with the star ingredient – the pastry. Our Large Square Pastry Shells are perfect for creating minced pies, tarts and breakfast danishes, to name just a few tasty treats. Find out more and order yours now.
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