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Friday, 27 December 2013

Christmas Mince Pies

I hope you have had a wonderful Christmas.  Our family certainly did.
A reader of this blog has asked for our recipe of Christmas Mince Pies. We use a recipe for the pastry and a different for the mincemeat so I have collated them into something more readable here.

Christmas Mince Pies

Make the mincemeat well in advance and leave it in a jar in the fridge until you wish to use it.
3 cups mixed dried fruit
425g can crushed pineapple
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon mixed spice
2/3 cup cherries
Grated rind of 1 lemon
1 cooking apple -grated
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon cornflour
1/4 cup Brandy (variation- replace this with orange juice)

Combine all ingredients except cornflour and brandy in a saucepan.  Place over low heat, stir well and simmer for 3 minutes.  Mix cornflour with brandy and stir into fruit mixture.  Boil for 1 minute stirring constantly.

Sweet Shortcrust Pastry:
1 cup plain baking flour
75 g butter
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon water

Sift flour.  Cut in butter until it resembles fine breadcrumbs.  Stir in sugar.  Add egg yolk and water.  Mix to a stiff dough.  Chill for 30 minutes before using.

Once you have made the pastry and mincemeat, roll the pastry out and cut into rounds using a cookie cutter.  Place in muffin tins and fill each with a spoon-full of  mincemeat.  Cut out shapes of pastry using small cookie cutters, for example, stars or angles.  Top the pies with these and then cook in a preheated oven at 195 degrees Celsius until golden.  Enjoy!

"She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” -Matthew 1:21