I am planning on doing a leftover series. This is the first one on how to use up mincemeat.
Leftover mincemeat? Why not make a cake!
225g self raising wholemeal flour ( or add 2 tsp baking powder to plain wholemeal flour)
75g margarine (I used vitalite)
75g fruit sugar
1 tbsp arrowroot mixed with 1 tbsp water (this makes the cake rise, I also make it without when I am trying to make a flatter cake)
4 tbsp soya milk or water
crushed sugar cubes or sugar snowflakes to decorate
Switch oven on to 200C/400F/Gas 6
Get a round sandwich tin ready and grease if its not a silicon one. (The larger you use the thinner it will be. I like to use a thin one without arrowroot and make mincemeat wedges.)
Put the margarine and flour in a bowl and rub in with your fingertips/back of a spoon until it resembles breadcrumbs.
Stir in the sugar, arrowroot mixture and mincemeat. Add enough soya milk to mix to a soft dough. Spread evenly in a prepared tin and sprinkle with crushed sugar or sugar snowflakes.
Bake for about 20 minces until firm and golden. Cool in the tin and then cut into 12 wedges to serve.
If you are buying mincemeat to make this cake why not use the leftovers to make mincemeat popcorn as featured on Kirsty's Christmas Crafts December 2013 and available on 4OD
She took about 1/3 cup popcorn kernels and popped them in a pan with a little oil, this make a large bowlful. You could also use microwave popcorn. She then added a couple of large dollops of mincemeat. I used more, just wanted to use the jar up. Add in a handful of flaked almonds, mix and then bake at 190 degrees for about 10 mins. I also plan to use this method to make fruit spread and almond flavoured popcorn.
Forgot to take a picture of the completed popcorn!!