2Dec

It’s that time of year again. Do you know what the best thing about Christmas is for me? Starbucks. I know. That’s pretty sad isn’t it?

You see, at this time of year, Starbucks bring out two things that I absolutely love. One is their Xmas blend coffee beans which are lovely and mild but slightly spicy ( I stock up for the whole year). The other is their mince pies. In my, obviously expert opinion, Starbucks do the best mince pies you can get.

I have a little weekly tradition that I do with my daughter. On a Thursday it is late night shopping in town which means Starbucks is open late. We go into town when I finish work at 5pm and first head to WHSmiths where we buy her a book or two. We then head to Starbucks where she has a hot chocolate with whipped cream on it, a gluten free brownie, a fruit smoothie, and a packet of crisps which she dips into her hot chocolate when she has eaten the cream off the top. This is gross but it makes her so happy that I always smile to watch her!

I love this mother/daughter time. As she gets older I find we can now hang out together and chat rather than me always having to be a mummy and I totally love it.

I usually make sure I don’t buy anything for me that she can’t eat i.e. anything with Gluten in it.

But…

…I can’t resist the mince pies. So a couple of weeks ago when the mince pies first came out I got the usual in and bought a mince pie for myself.

“Can I have that?” she asked.

“No it has wheat in it”

“Will it make me sick?”

“Yes”

“I want a mince pie”

And I sat there eating it while she watched every mouthful go into my mouth with her beautiful big blue eyes.

“We’ll make some just for you” I said.

Last year was the first year I made Gluten Free mince pies and they are pretty good even though the pastry isn’t as light as I would like it to be.

So after I had gathered the ingredients, we set about making the mince pies together.

Here is the recipe in case you are interested.

http://www.themoiderer.com/blog/2011/11/gluten-free-mince-pies.html

They turned out pretty well. She loves them which is what’s important. I need to get the balance right on the Xanthan Gum – it’s still not as crumbly as I would like but there is nothing wrong with the taste.

So now I can have a mince pie in Starbucks without feeling guilty because I know she can come home and get one of her own. The Gluten Free life is turning me into quite a domestic goddess!

  

One Response to I want a mince pie!

  1. These sound yummy – thanks for your post – have missed them!

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