Mince pies -the stairway to happiness

A Year has many highlights, family gatherings, birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, weddings, holidays, Christmas, footy season. Anyone can fill in the blanks with their own dates to look forward to.

But for me you can add two other highlights – hot cross buns in he run up to Easter and fruit mince pies before Christmas.

The belt buckle goes out two notches at these times as I go in search of the best hot cross bun or mince pie.

And so, as we rush headlong toward Christmas, my quest has well and truly begun. Slowly at first but it will gain momentum as I hear of “must try” mince pies from all over town.

I launched this seasons’ campaign with a light training run with half a dozen of Vili’s finest.

Vili's Mince pie

Vili’s Fruit Mince Pies

I love Vili’s pasties with the “flaky” pastry and the mince pies didn’t disappoint.   Are they a contender for the best of the best? Time will tell.
Many more of the tiny fruity delicacies will pass down the Goodings gullet before the final votes are cast.

Today I headed to the Semaphore Bakehouse – well renowned for its bakery wares, and I must say, their mince pies will take a power (oops) a lot of beating.

Semaphore bakehouse mince pie

Semaphore Bakehouse


Any suggestions will be gratefully received but there are only so many mince pie eating days til Christmas.

A custom from the middle ages says that if you eat a mince pie on every day from Christmas to Twelfth Night (6th January) you will have happiness for the next 12 months!

No guarantees folks but I’m willing to give it a try.


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