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Christmas Mince Pies

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Ingredients

1 Pinch Mix Spice
50g Dried Apricots Chopped
75g Dried Cranberries
1 Knob Stem Ginger Chopped
1 Apple Peeled and Chopped
1 Splash Brandy
1 Splash Orange Juice
200g Mincemeat
Egg
Milk to Glaze
Icing Sugar for dusting
Pastry
225g Cold Butter Diced
350g Plain Flour
100g Gloden Caster Sugar
280g Mincemeat
1 Small Egg
Icing Sugar To Dust

Christmas Mince Pies

  • Medium

Ingredients

  • Pastry

Directions

Steps

1
Done

To make the pastry, rub cold, diced butter into plain flour, then mix in golden caster sugar and a pinch of salt.

2
Done

Combine the pastry into a ball – don’t add liquid – and knead it briefly. The dough will be fairly firm, like shortbread dough.

3
Done

Refrigerate for 20 minutes before rolling.

4
Done

Preheat your oven to 180C

5
Done

Grease a shallow cupcake tray with the butter and set aside. Sprinkle a little flour onto a clean surface and your rolling pin. Roll out half the pastry until it's about 3/4mm

6
Done

Carefully cut out 12 circles with a pastry cutter or a clean glass tumbler and lay them in the tart hollows on your baking tray. Put the tray in the fridge to chill for half an hour.

7
Done

Spoon the mincemeat into a mixing bowl and break up with a spoon. Pour in the brandy and orange juice. Add the apple, ginger, dried fruits and mixed spice and mix well.

8
Done

Roll out the rest of your pastry and, using a smaller cutter or tumbler than before, cut out another 12 circles. These will be the lids for your pies.

9
Done

Take the pastry bases out of the fridge and fill them just over half full with mincemeat. Smooth the filling out to the edges. Beat the egg and milk together and brush over the top edge of the pastry. Lay the pastry lids over the top. Crimp the edges with your thumb and forefinger so the lids stick to the bases, and top each pie with a cut-out shape.

10
Done

Brush once more with the egg wash and bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes, or until the pastry is cooked through and golden on top. Dust with icing sugar before serving.

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