Sunday, December 19, 2021

Delicious & Easy Christmas Treats

Delicious & Easy Christmas Treats
Olivia Gibbons, co-owner and chef of the popular Irish Hotel Barge Shannon Princess, shares a delectable mince pie recipe for the holiday season.

Mince Pies
Did you know that the origin of the humble mince pie lies in the Middle East? It eventually made its way west and became part of the Christmas tradition throughout the UK and Ireland.
These little treats are a welcome sight leading up to and during the festive season. Lovely with a cup of tea and if you are feeling indulgent, add a spoonful of brandy cream. 


  • 225g/ 8oz Plain Flour
  • 125g/ 4oz Golden Caster Sugar
  • 100g Ground Almonds
  • 125g/ 4oz Butter or Margarine (room temperature)
  • 1 Egg (beaten)
  • A little water, if necessary
  • 450g/ 1lb Jar Mincemeat
  • Icing sugar 


  1. Preheat oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas 6. Lightly grease patty/bun tins.
  2. Put flour, sugar and ground almonds into a mixing bowl and mix well together.
  3. Rub butter/margarine through the dry ingredients. Add the beaten egg (and water if required) and mix to a soft dough.
  4. Turn onto a lightly floured board and gently knead.
  5. Cover with cling film and keep in fridge until ready to use. The pastry will keep for about three days.
  6. Roll pastry on a floured board and cut rounds or stars with a cutter to fit greased bun/patty tins. Put a teaspoon of mincemeat in each and cut a lid from remaining pastry to put on top. Bake for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  7. Dust with icing sugar.

About The Irish Hotel Barge Shannon Princess

Shannon Princess Barging Cruises In Ireland

Shannon Princess

The Shannon Princess has been thoughtfully designed throughout. The barge's inviting interior makes a charming floating living space – a perfect "Home away from home" for guests to enjoy. The welcoming atmosphere is enhanced by Ruairi and Olivia’s love of antiquities, crafts, pottery and art with many works by established and local Irish artists.  Onboard the barge a friendly & relaxed mood has been created by carefully mixing casual informality with quality service.

The Shannon Princess provides accommodation for up to 10 guests in 5 cabins which can be configured as double or twins, each with ensuite facilities. This barge is owner-operated with a total of five professional crew in attendance.You will be charmed with excellent but friendly service, gorgeous food & wines, and share in a slice of local life and knowledge.
Shannon Princess has been awarded the COVID 19 Safety Charter by Failte Ireland (the Irish Tourism board) which is endorsed by the Government of Ireland. This included ongoing onboard inspections to assess us for compliance, best practice and the successful implementation of the charter. All our crew have completed an approved course that meets the requirements of Failte Ireland's COVID 19 Safety Charter. This course covers procedures relating to COVID 19 prevention within the hospitality industry.
Shannon Princess is completely booked for 2022. There are some openings for 2023 but hurry, they book quickly.

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