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You can’t go wrong with mince pies at Christmas so let’s start on a high and get baking! For these festive treats, I’ve used a Mary Berry recipe as inspiration but made a few changes. I didn’t make any mince pies last year and my first mince pie was Christmas Day so this year I’m making up for it! This is such a great one to make ahead and then warm up when you have guests coming around!
Recipe (makes 12)
400g mixed dried fruit
½ cooking apple, peeled, cored and finely chopped
62g unsalted butter, cubed
112g muscovado sugar
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp mixed spice
grated rind of ½ lemon
juice of ½ lemon
275g plain flour, plus extra for rolling
50g caster sugar
125g unsalted butter, cubed
½ tsp vanilla essence
1 egg yolk
1tbsp. cold water
12-hole muffin tray
- First make the mincemeat. This can be made up to six months ahead of time as the sugar and alcohol preserve the ingredients! I didn’t wait that long though!
- Heat all the ingredients of the mincemeat over a low heat (except the sherry). When the butter has melted, simmer gently for 10 minutes. Take off the hob and leave to cool. Add the Sherry and store in a sterilised jar until ready to use.
- To make the pastry, put the flour, sugar, and butter in a large bowl. Rub the mix with your fingertips until you get a breadcrumb consistency.
- Add the vanilla, egg yolk and water and knead to form a dough. You may need to add more water as you mix. Wrap the dough in cling film and leave in the fridge to chill for 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 2000C when you are ready to roll out the pastry.
- For the pastry cases, roll out the pastry on a floured surface until the pastry is about 3mm thick. Cut 12 circles using 8-9cm pastry cutters (or a small bowl if you don’t have cutters). Cut 12 star shapes using a star cutter. You can use any shapes you like for the decoration part!
- Line each muffin tin hole with a pastry circle, topped ¾ of the way with your mincemeat. Add a pastry star on top of each one.
- Bake the pies for 15-20 mins.
- Leave to cool for a few minutes and then take the pies out of their tin. Finish cooling the pies on a wired cooling rack.
- When ready to eat, eat them as they are or warm them and serve with cream! Mmmmm…..
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