3rd Day of Advent – The Secret Seven by Enid Blyton

TheSecretSevenTitle: The Secret Seven

Author: Enid Blyton

Published: 1949

Is anyone due any snow, yet? I know America has had plenty already, and certain other places. And now a very chilly frost has set in, so it feels a lot more wintery, doesn’t it? I was thrilled to see that we are forecasted some snow, next week, which will be great (if it happens!) Anyway, this book is full of ‘fun in the snow’ and meetings the the children’s warm, cosy shed – so this is the one to read if you do get anyone snow. You might just find yourself inspired to dress up as a snowman and go searching for a mysterious group of horse kidnappers! This book is a fantastic winter tale and follows the Secret Seven’s thrilling journey on their first adventure, to discover the criminals behind a very unique and exciting case of kidnapping! An excellent story.

Christmas-Based Entertainment: Mince Pies

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This is my Nana’s recipe: and honestly – if you get it right, you wont ever taste a better mince pie! They are delicious and very fast, and easy to make.

Ingredients:

  • 225g of diced, cold butter
  • 350g of Plain flour
  • 120g of Golden Caster Sugar
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Jar of Mincemeat

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 200C/ Gas Mark 6. Now, rub together the flour and the diced butter until it looks like breadcrumbs.

Step 2: When the mixture looks like breadcrumbs, add the Golden Caster Sugar and salt and roll the mixture into a ball and knead it (just briefly).

Step 3: Next, line a cupcake tray with the dough. And then, (without overfilling) put a tablespoon of mincemeat in every pie.

Step 4: With the remaining pastry, cut out circles which will be the lids of your pies. Press the lids onto the sides of the pies.

Step 5: Brush with milk. Put in the Oven for 20mins/ until golden brown. Enjoy!

Christmas Fact: 

The Mince Pie dates back to the Medieval times and originally contained ingredients such as minced rabbit or lamb and game meat. Yuck!

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