My hubby loves Christmas treats and particularly loves traditional Christmas bakes.
He knows how I love trying out new bakes and putting my twist on things so we have compromised, I will bake traditional bakes as well as my new ones!
So when he asked me to make some maid of honours I knew I had to do my own style!
No traditional raspberry jam in these!
I have made 3 different filled maids of honour.
I have used homemade plum jam, cranberry sauce and marmalade.
I have not made a traditional sponge either.
I have gone for a festive spiced sponge to make them even more Christmassy!
Here is what I got...
Festive Maids of Honour
165g plain flour
25g ground almonds
120g unsalted butter, chilled and diced
55g caster sugar
1 medium egg
100g baking spread
100g caster sugar
2 eggs at room temperature
100g self raising flour
1tspn mixed spice
1 - Put the flour, ground almonds, sugar and butter into a food processor and blitz until you have breadcrumbs
2 - Add the egg and blitz until it the ingredients come together
3 - Remove and work a little and make into ball, wrap in cling film and chill in the fridge for about 3 hours
4 - When your pastry is chilled roll out and cut out the bases. With this amount of pastry you should get about 24
Pre heat the oven to 180C
5 - To make you spiced sponge cream the butter then add the sugar and continue to mix until light and creamy
6 - Gradually add the eggs along with a little flour to prevent curdling
7 - Sift in the flour and mixed spice and mix until evenly combined
8 - In the pastry case place a teaspoon of the jam, marmalade or cranberry sauce
9 - Place on top of the jam a teaspoon of the cake mixture
10 - Place in the pre heated oven and bake for 20 - 30 minutes
11 - Remove from the pie tray and cool on a cooling rack
Once the Maids of Honor have cooled sprinkle over some icing sugar and decorate how ever you like.
These are delicious little treats and are a great, lighter alternative to mince pies.
My favourite is the cranberry Maid of Honor, I love the light sponge with the sharpness that the cranberry adds. But they are so versatile and you can add what ever fruit filling that you like.
The Christmas Great Bloggers Bake Off is hosted by the lovely Jenny at Mummy Mishaps and Helen at The Crazy Kitchen