Who doesn’t love to sink their teeth into a hot spicy mince pie at Christmas? Mince Pies are as much Christmas as Santa Claus is, and it just wouldn’t be the same without either of them.
However, they say ‘change is good for you’, so with that in mind why don’t you give these amazingly delicious, alternative, cranberry filled mince pies from English Provender Co a try – you’ll be so glad you did!
This is what you’ll need:
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes
Recipe Ingredients: – you will find these at tesco.com
- 350g dried mixed fruit
240g jar The English Provender Co. Wild Cranberry Sauce
- 2 tablespoons soft brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground mixed spice
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- Finely grated zest and juice 1 orange
- 100ml brandy
- 2 tangerines or mandarins, peeled and chopped
- 500g shortcrust pastry
- 1 egg, beaten
- A little caster sugar
- Icing sugar, for dusting
1. Place the dried mixed fruit, cranberry sauce, sugar, spices, orange zest and juice and brandy in a medium saucepan. Bring to the boil, then cover and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Allow to cool, then stir in the chopped tangerines or mandarins.
2. Preheat the oven to 200˚C, Gas Mark 7. Divide the pastry into 1 larger piece and 1 smaller piece. Roll out the larger piece of pastry to 3mm thick. Using a 10cm round cutter, cut out 12 bases and place them into muffin trays. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of mincemeat mixture into each. Brush the edge of each pie with a little beaten egg.
3. Roll out the remaining pastry and cut out 12 x 7cm lids, brush the edges with a little of the egg and press them on top to seal. Prick the tops with a fork a couple of time, glaze with the rest of the egg, sprinkle with a little caster sugar.
4. Bake the mince pies for 15 minutes until golden brown. Leave to cool slightly before releasing them from the muffin trays and dusting with icing sugar.
Will you surprise the family with these delicious Cranberry filled Mince Pies over the festive season? Get in touch and tell us what they thought of them.