Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Visions of Sugar Plums


I haven't put a single stitch in single project in ages but I have tried to figure out how to use my small air fryer for holiday baking. It took a lot of experimentation.

I really, really wanted a mince pie and couldn't find one in the shops so.....

...I made some mincemeat and gave it a try using a little pie pan that would fit in the fryer. 

I set it on a low temp so it would have a long bake and in no time at all the spicy smell of mincemeat filled the house. 

I couldn't believe it. It was perfect. I did pop it out the the tin and turn it over to crisp up the bottom crust a bit. I had a slice at dinner and it was a good as a mince pie gets. It held its shape beautifully. I was so chuffed that I used the leftovers and made a little mincemeat tart which was equally delicious. 

Then I got to work filling the little cookie tin. After several tries I figured out you also have to turn them over and give the back a bake to get them crisp. The hard part was letting them cool down before you handle them or they just break apart. I ate a lot of rejects. Making 4 cookies at a time in the small fryer was a bit of a slog but with the right holiday music and a mug full of boozy eggnog they were a very nice couple of afternoons indeed. 


  1. I never would have guessed that it would work - or a pie either! Congratulations on figuring it out.

  2. I haven't been able to find mince meat at all this this year. Last year I was only able to get a fancy brand, and it was horrible. I should try making my own, but there's already too much on my list!
    So instead of mince tarts this year, I'm making butter tarts! Close enough... right?

  3. Wonderful. I’m glad you had a successful baking session with the air fryer.

  4. I'm proud at you for making it work---the results look beautiful!