You haven’t eaten a mince pie until you’ve tried one that’s hand baked and fresh out of the oven.
Sadly, not all of us live within strolling distance of a boutique bakery.
This year however, one of Cork’s most popular shrines to confectionery, Diva Bakes in Ballinspittle, has come up with an ingenious solution.
The cafés crusty breads and decadent cakes are made fresh daily in small batches but now you can buy a Mince Pie Kit that will produce 10-12 hot-from-the-oven mince pies in your very own kitchen.
They make, you bake, and you take all the credit!
The kit contains a 250ml jar of mincemeat and enough flaky pie dough for a plate of Christmassy goodness.
Your tasty mince pie filling will arrive in a chilled box with Diva’s divine flaky buttery pastry. All you need is a rolling pin (or a wine bottle – if you’re classy), some flour and an oven. There’s even a more in-depth how-to for people who like pictures on their blog.
You can order the Diva Bakes Mince Pie Kit here (they ship nationwide and the kit is a very reasonable €15).
If you’re more domestic god-help-us than domestic goddess however, you can also order 12 of their gorgeous mince pies boxed and ready to serve to your guests or gift to a friend.