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By mycupoftea press, Nov 11 2017 07:19PM

It's nearly Christmas and it is sensible to get some preparations done early. These will freeze very nicely.

Add a splash of scotch to the mincemeat for that Contraband Cafe 'je ne sais quoi!'

Why not read with Christmas at the Contraband Cafe to get you in the spirit for Christmas. Follow link to download:


1 large jar mincemeat (about 600g)

2 satsumas, segmented

1 apple

, finely chopped

zest 1 lemon

little icing sugar, for dusting

For the pastry

375g plain flour

260g unsalted butter, softened

125g caster sugar, plus extra for sprinkling

1 large egg

, plus 1 beaten egg for glazing


Place the flour and butter in a bowl and rub together to a crumb consistency. Add the sugar and the egg, and mix together. Tip out onto a lightly floured surface and fold until the pastry comes together, be careful not to over mix. Wrap the pastry in cling film and chill for 10 mins.

Scoop the mincemeat into a bowl and add the satsumas, apple and zest.

Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Roll out the pastry to 3mm thick. Using a round cutter (about 10cm), cut out 16 bases and place them into muffin trays. Put 11⁄2 tbsp mincemeat mixture into each. Brush the edge of each pie with a little beaten egg. Re-roll out the pastry to cut 7cm lids and press them on top to seal. Glaze with the rest of the egg, sprinkle with caster sugar, then make a small cut in the tops.

Bake mince pies for 15-20 mins until golden brown. Leave to cool before releasing them from the muffin trays and dusting with icing sugar. Serve.

By mycupoftea press, Nov 5 2017 12:07PM

Get a free ARC of Christmas at the Contraband Cafe. SImply sign up to the website using the CONTACT tab.

This is a great, feel good Christmas story, with a great cast of eccentric locals, set in North Yorkshire.

We hope you enjoy it !

Offer closes by 15/11/17!

By mycupoftea press, Nov 4 2017 11:18AM

A sparkling, lively read to get you in the mood for Christmas!

Chloe Charlesworth is about the land the job of a lifetime when she has to go on a mercy dash to Rum Cove where her aunt runs The Contraband Cafe and Trekking Centre. Her aunt has a broken leg and Chloe thinks she'll be popping in the North Yorkshire village to check on her and make sure her horses and farm are looked after. It is very inconvenient so close to Christmas but she'll be back in London before she knows it. However, fate has other plans in store for her...

With a great cast of locals, a great Christmas read!

Available on Amazon NOW.

By mycupoftea press, Oct 29 2017 06:23PM

My Cup of Tea Press have produced a newsletter to tell you exactly what our authors have been up to. We also include an excerpt from Liberty Bell and Scarlett Brodie's new Christmas novella,'Christmas at the Contraband Cafe.' This is a heartwarming tale set in Rum Cove with a cast of fabulous characters! Use the CONTACT tab and add your email address to receive the newsletter.

We wish you Happy Hallowe'en !

By mycupoftea press, Oct 26 2017 07:44PM

This is a light hearted Chrismas book to get you into the Christmas spirit. Yes,it's nearly that time again! So why not read this charming Christmas story to get you in the mood?

Chloe Charlesworth is about the land the job of life time at Iconic magazine, when she has to visit her aunt who has broken her leg. Aunt Fenella lives out in rural North Yorkshire, in a place called Rum Cove, where she runs the Contraband Cafe and trekking centre. Chloe plans to check on her aunt and her horses, then dash off to spend Christmas with her boyfriend in London. It is an inconvenience so close to Christmas but she can just about manage a weekend. However, once in Rum Cove, she finds that the delightful surroundings and a cast of eccentric locals start to weave their magic. A heartwarming Christmas tale!

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