• cooking,  food,  lifestyle

    Get your Christmas on!

    We’re preparing for the silly season by making some homemade gifts for loved ones this Christmas.

    I have teamed up with Countdown to use their own-brand products to make share my legendary walnut tarts. We crack these out every year, and they go down a treat!

    They are so easy to make, I’ve used walnuts but you can use any nuts you like walnuts, pecans, cashews oh the options are endless.

    The best thing about these is they aren’t just a crowd favourite, they make a perfect gift. Get creative with cellophane, pop them in a fancy festive dish and if you’re running short of time (which let’s face it who’s not?) you can make ‘em ahead of time and freeze them #xmashack

    This recipe make roughly 24 mini tarts.

    I always double the recipe and make them till I’m out of filling 60+ tarts. A big ol’ bag of walnuts also means you won’t run out!!

    Nut Tarts

    60 gm butter

    1 free range egg

    1 cup brown sugar

    1 tsp vanilla essence

    2 cups of walnuts (or nuts of choice)

    2 packets of sweet shortcrust pastry (you can also use the sheets – I find rolling them out makes them go further!)

     

    Preheat oven to 180 degrees.

    Melt butter in a saucepan.

    Cool slightly and add egg, sugar and vanilla.

    Roll out pastry and cut to the size of your tart pan.

    Lightly grease pan.

    Fill pan with pastry and add a walnut.

    Add filling until ¾ full – don’t overfill.

    Bake for 10-12 mins or until golden.

    Cool on a wire rack and dust with icing sugar.