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Our rich, and delicious mince pie recipe

Our rich, and delicious mince pie recipe

Our rich and delicious mince pie recipe

It’s snowing outside, your Christmas tree lights are twinkling, and the fire is roaring… you’re just missing one thing to complete that cosy night – mince pies! It only means one thing… it’s time to tackle your very own mince pies. Here’s a little helping hand, we hope you love the recipe.

 

For the mincemeat: 

150g brambley apples, finely chopped

125g black seedless grapes, finely chopped

125g currants, chopped

150g sultanas, chopped

 

40g mixed peel, chopped

30g dried cranberries

60g nibbed almonds

Zest and juice of 1 orange, and 1 grapefruit

250g muscovado sugar

10g Chinese five-spice powder

5g powdered cardamom 

½ cinnamon stick, powdered

100 ml dark rum

 

For the sweet shortcrust pastry:

250g unsalted butter

125g icing sugar

2 egg yolks 

500g plain flour

 

To finish:

1 egg beaten

Icing sugar

 

Preparing the mincemeat:

Mix all the ingredients together, stir well and refrigerate until needed

 

Making the pastry: 

Mix together the butter and icing sugar until they are completely blended, then add the egg yolks and finally the flour. Knead until you have a smooth dough, and leave the rest for at least one hour before using. 

 

Making the mince pies: 

Preheat the oven to 190 degrees / Gas mark 5

Roll the pastry out to a little less than 5mm thick. Cut out 30 rounds just a little larger than your tartelette moulds, and 30 rounds with the pastry cutter two sizes down (or, for fun, as we have done, some star shapes). Line the tartelette moulds (or muffin tins) with the large rounds of puff pastry. Fill them with mincemeat to level with the sides. Now brush a little beaten egg around the edges of the smaller rounds (or the stars) and stick them on top of the mince pies. Brush with a little more beaten egg, and then bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes until golden brown. 

Transfer from the moulds to a wire rack and leave to cool. Sprinkle generously with icing sugar.

 

The only thing left to do is delve into your warming mince pies, put your feet up, and enjoy a glass of wine.

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