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Mince Pies

21 Dec

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4 days to go!! Not only are these the simplest DIY deserts to see you through the winter period, they are the most delicious! Seriously, the mincemeat combined with this sweet shortcrust pastry has turned a few mince pie haters into fiends, so put those hesitations aside and get the rolling pin and flour out!

Ingredients: (makes 24 mini mince pies or 14/16 medium pies)
200g sifted flour
1tbs caster sugar
100g chilled butter
1 medium egg

The sweet shortcrust pastry – What you do:
1) sift the flour into a food processor and add in the sugar
2) cut up the chilled butter into cubes and add to the dry mixture
3) let ingredients pulse
4) once it reaches a crumbly consistency, add in the beaten egg
5) let the crumbs come together, knead together and wrap the dough up in cling film. Leave in the fridge to rest for 30 minutes!

Now it’s time to roll:
1) pre-heat the oven 200•c
2) melt a knob of butter and use a basting brush to coat the 12 hole shallow pie tray.
3) roll out the sweet short crust till it is about 3/4mm thick and cut out round circles using a scalloped edge cutter. The size of the cutter is dependent on the size of the holes in the shallow pie tray.
4) place the sweet shortcrust pastry circles into each hole, carefully pinching at the inner sides to create a bowl like space.
5) grab the mincemeat you made early and place a teaspoon of the mixture into each pie.
6) for the tops you can get creative, I love stars on them so I cut stars and closed the pies with them, others prefer them the traditional way and fully cover them, so this step is entirely your choice!

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7) baste the tops with beaten egg to get a lovely golden colour.
8 ) pop into the pre-heated oven for 10 minutes…
9) Enjoy with fresh cream or vanilla pod custard!

There you have it simply sublime mince pies. Make them your family favourite this Christmas…

Keep it delicious!

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Mincemeat…

5 Dec

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First week of December and there is only one thing on my mind…mince pies! Iddy mouthfuls of heaven with a glass of perfectly spiced mulled wine, in front of the telly with a Christmas film on…my idea of a perfect winter evening!

First and foremost the mincemeat…(you could cheat and buy it from the supermarket, but I prefer making my own!) Here is my recipe but because they are going to be a personal batch for yourself and your family put more of what you love and less of what you hate! My sister-in-law loves cinnamon so I always add a tiny bit extra for her so she can enjoy them to the fullest, brothers are into the orange liquor so a dash extra in their batch, and mum likes the cranberries so chuck a few more of those to keep her happy! With any of these ingredients mix and match to make your perfect filling, but here is how I do it:

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100g raisins

100g sultanas

100g currents

100g cranberries

175g soft light brown sugar (many use dark but I think the light brown give it a lighter flavour so perfect for kids!)

1 table spoon of lemon juice plus zest

1 table spoon of orange juice plus zest

25g ground almonds

2 teaspoons mixed spice

1 teaspoon cinnamon

¼ teaspoon nutmeg

4 tablespoons of good quality orange liquor (Cointreau is always my favourite) – if you are going to make some for kids, just substitute with orange juice.

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Mix them all together and leave to marinate for as long as you like (the longer the better!)….makes gorgeous mince pies, mincemeat pastries and puff pastry packages!

Let me know what you make? And how much did you like it?

Keep it delicious!