I hope that you had a very lovely Christmas time.
Here are a few photo's of our Christmas table.
I then spread the pastry with the mashed up French Paté and then on top of that I spread the cooked mushrooms ...
I then lay the beef on to the Paté mixture and wrap the pastry neatly around the beef .....
I then brush it with an egg wash ...one egg with a tablespoon of water ....
I had fun and rolled out the left over pasty and cut out a gingerbread man and 2 christmas trees ...
Then attached them to the top of the pastry parcel and glazed them with the egg wash
Lay in the fridge overnight.
Preheat oven to 410ºf / 210ºc ...Gas 6
For a medium rare ...red centre ...cook for 50 mins ...
You may have to cover the top with foil near the end to prevent the pastry from getting too brown.
Christmas crackers are a traditional Christmas favorite in the UK. They were first made in about 1845-1850 by a London sweet maker called Tom Smith. He had seen the French 'bon bon' sweets (almonds wrapped in pretty paper). He came back to London and tried selling sweets like that in England and also included a small motto or riddle in with the sweet. But they didn't sell very well.
However, one night, while he was sitting in front of his log fire, he became very interested by the sparks and cracks coming from the fire. Suddenly, he thought what a fun idea it would be, if his sweets and toys could be opened with a crack when their fancy wrappers were pulled in half.
Crackers were originally called 'cosaques' and were thought to be named after the 'Cossack' soldiers who had a reputation for riding on their horses and firing guns into the air!
She is perfectly wrapped around the umbrella poll