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26.11.2018

A TASTE OF CHRISTMAS

26.11.2018

Heather Taylor

Deputy food editor

 

A TASTE OF CHRISTMAS

Spicy, sweet and creamy, our new mince-pie liqueur is a festive delight - sip straight or try these treats

That first bite of mince pie always signals Christmas has officially begun. Now you can enjoy this quintessential yuletide creation in liquid form, thanks to our mince-pie cream liqueur, new in store. This indulgent liqueur balances the spiced fruit and buttery pastry flavours of a mince pie with velvety cream from the Ballyrashane Creamery in Coleraine, Northern Ireland. Enjoy it over ice – preferably while curled up in front of a roaring fire – or try in one of our recipes, below. From a pull-out-all-the-stops hot chocolate to an impressive no-bake cheesecake and a deliciously decadent shortcut dessert, these moreish ideas are what sweet seasonal indulgence is all about.
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“Spicy, BUTTERY and sweet, our
mince-pie cream is guaranteed to make
this Christmas your sweetest yet”

Spiced mince-pie cheesecake

Serves 6

Ingredients
30g pecans
30g pumpkin seeds
A pinch of ground cinnamon
3 tbsp butter, melted
12 dark chocolate and orange biscuits, crushed
90ml mince-pie cream liqueur, plus 2 tbsp extra to serve
80g mascarpone
150ml whipping cream, whipped to soft peaks with 2 tbsp icing sugar

To make the crumb, blitz the pecan nuts, pumpkin seeds and cinnamon in a food processor. Set aside.

Mix the melted butter with the crushed biscuits and press down into a 20cm round cake tin.

Stir the mince-pie cream liqueur into the mascarpone and gently fold in the whipped cream. Be careful not to overwork the mixture. Spoon on top of the base and leave to chill.

Just before serving, sprinkle with the crumb and drizzle with a little extra mince-pie cream liqueur.

 

Mince-pie cream affogato

Serves 4

Ingredients
4 ginger biscuits
4 scoops of M&S Irish-cream liqueur ice cream
100ml mince-pie cream liqueur

Place the biscuits on a plate and top each with a spoonful of ice cream. Pour mince-pie cream liqueur over each and serve immediately.

 

Boozy mince-pie cream
hot chocolate

Serves 4

Ingredients
900ml whole milk
300ml double cream
150g dark chocolate, roughly broken
3 shots of mince-pie cream liqueur
Marshmallows, cinnamon sticks, whipped cream and grated chocolate, to serve

Heat the milk and cream in a pan over a medium heat with the chocolate. Whisk well until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth.

Pour into four mugs and add a shot of mince-pie cream liqueur into each. Finish with marshmallows, cinnamon-stick stirrers, whipped cream and grated chocolate.

Editor: Heather Taylor / Photographer: Stuart West / Food stylist: Jack Sargeson
Art Director: Claire Coulthard / Recipes: Laoise Casey

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