Thursday, November 17, 2011

Let's Make Christmas - Cranberry and Port Mincemeat pops

mincemeat pops

Mincemeat is something very traditional during Christmas in England and mainly comes in the form of mince pies - shortcrust pastry cases filled with the sweet, fragrant and sticky mince meat. It is usually made of dried fruit (sultanas and raisins), spices including clove and sometimes spirits.
You can make your own mince meat or you can buy it in a jar.

I admit mincemeat and mince pies are not very popular in our home, but when I saw the ready-made cranberry and port mincemeat it provoked my imagination. Cranberries (unlike dried grapes) are quite appealing in all possible forms. It might me because of the slight tanginess they have (unlike dried grapes) and the balance of sweet and tangy.
And the jar of cranberries and port just got me thinking - how about such mince pies? Then I actually had a better idea. Why not make make pops like cake pops but made of mince pies? And wrapped in chocolate. Oh, yes!

The even I am going to bring these is the Food Blogger's Gift Swap event organised by Vanessa Kimbell to be help on Nov 18, 2011 in Fortnum and Mason's department store, a British iconic symbol located at Piccadilly.

The mince pie pop recipe was designed to mimic a mince pie - but crumbled, covered in chocolate and stuck on a lollipop. Hence I thought I should use shortbread. But for a couple of reasons I could not get shortbread, and instead discovered some rich tea biscuits at home, so I used them.
I would have used less butter in case I used shortbread.

Besides super cute, the pops are so delicious!

Alternatively to inserting a lollipop stick, you can place them in pastry cases as truffles.

cranberry and port mincemeat pops

Mince meat pops!


(makes 20-24 balls)

250 gr mincemeat (I used cranberry and port mince meat from Waitrose)
10-13 rich tea biscuits (alternatively 7-8 shortbread fingers)
50 gr butter
100 gr walnut kernels

150 gr dark chocolate for dipping

for the snowflake toppers:

50 gr chocolate and shallow snowflake moulds

edible pearl powder


Crush the biscuits and walnut kernels using a pestle and mortar until relatively fine, but leave some bigger pieces.
In a bowl mix the mince meat, butter, biscuits and walnuts and mix for a couple of minutes until everything is nice ans sticky. If the mixture is not sticky enough add more biscuits.
Make balls, place on a tray and leave in the fridge for 2 hours.

mincemeat pops with snowflake toppers

Temper the chocolate. Dip the top of a lollipop stick with the chocolate and then insert into the mince meat pops.
Dip the pops into the chocolate, remove excess chocolate and place on a baking paper to dry overnight.

To make the snowflake toppers - melt the white chocolate and pour into the moulds. Place in the fridge to set. To decorate them - remove from the mould and work with a paint brush to apply the pearl powder.

cranberry and port mincemeat pops

to assemble the pops:

Melt a little bit of chocolate. Use a very little amount on top of the pops to "glue" the snowflake toppers.
Place in a polystyrene bock to dry.

To make the boxes I used ordinary plain colour boxes, wrapped in packing paper.
For the box toppers, I used an ordinary Christmas tree ornament snowflake, fastened to the box with a selection of ribbons!

mince pie pops


Regula said...

Beautiful, just beautiful!!!

Sneige said...

Thanks, Regula! x

Anonymous said...

They are so pretty;))

mia xara said...

What a nice idea and a great presentation!!!

Bety said...

Изключително вкусни!Идеята е чудесна и ти много красиво си я изпълнила!Всеки би бил шастлив да получи и похапни такава бонбонка!

Elly McCausland said...

How lovely! Your photos are beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Your pops are absolutely beautiful! I love the way you've presented them in that box... I don't really like mincemeat either but I would be very happy if someone presented me with a box of these!

Laura@howtocookgoodfood said...

I think you are a very worthy winner of "Lets Make Christmas" today. Your mincemeat cake pops are stunning, well done you! X

Ren Behan said...

Such a lovely recipe and you were a very worthy winner of the Rococo's prize! Lovely to see you again so sorry I couldn't talk to you for longer I left early :-((

karin@yumandmore said...

so wonderful and creative Sneige!
congratulations on your prize!!

Sarah, Maison Cupcake said...

Well done on your win! I love the snowflakes on top and they are presented beautifully. Hope to see you again soon! xx

Sneige said...

Thank you very much girls, Dzoli, mia xara, Bery, Elly, thelittleloaf, Laura, Ren, Karin and Sarah!

I couldn't believe it when I saw Dan Lepard holding my mince pie pops when announcing the winner! I was so convinced they are a bit aside from what was expected as Christmas gift I totally forgot about the competition and engaged myself completely in chatting, tea-drinking and mince-pie-munching :)

@thelittleloaf - give a try t the cranberry and port mince meat - it's completely different from the tradiotional one!

@Ren - Thanks! Next time! x

Thank you dear @Karin!x

@Sarah - thank you! Actually I bought the snowflake mould a couple of days before and that was its first use. I was not sure how everything will go, and to be honest, half of the pops did not turn out very presentable :D
Hope to see you soon! x

Janice said...

These are gorgeous. Pop over to my blog, I've tagged you for Food Bloggers unplugged. You can find the details HERE

Choclette said...

How pretty do these look? Well, I guess I'd better answer that - very! Congratulations for winning, though I'm not surprised. Hadn't realised you were there or I would have tried to say hello. Really enjoyed the day though.

Sneige said...

Choclette! I was thinking to come and say hi (Fiona Mclean told me who you are) but first was away, then engaged in conversation and forgot and after they announced I won I completely lost the track of my thoughts, and after the event I didn't see you.
Sorry about that, next time definitely!

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