Aldi, Morrisons, Tesco, Asda and Waitrose all have one thing in common this Christmas, their delicious deep filled mince pies, however nothing beats home-made mince pies.
With this easy recipe your kids will be saying “i like these one’s, but i prefer these ones” to your own home made version, but watch as the second they come out of the oven and onto a plate you will need to be quicker than Santa to try and get one!
Makes 315g (enough for 12 mince pies)
- Decent pastry is always the key – Soft 170g of plain flower, a pinch of salt into a cool bowl (if the bowl is warm this can make your pastry greasy), cut 100g of cold unsalted butter into cubes and with your fingers rub until a crumble like mixture has formed.
- Stir in 1 tbsp of caster sugar, then add your 1 large free-range egg yolk to the mixture and stir quick with a knife. A little at a time add in 1-2 tbsp of cold water while mixing together. Once the mixture is drawn together into a dough simply press into a bowl then wrap in cling film to chill for at least 10 minutes.
On to the Mincemeat filling:
If you are running short of time or just prefer to buy the mince meat a good one to try is ASDA Chosen by You Mincemeat at around £1.25 a jar. If you are feeling more adventurous and would like to try your own keep reading below:
- In a bowl, mix together 110g sultanas, 170g each raisins and currants, 170g grated bramley apples, 110g suet, 200g soft brown sugar, 100g finely chopped mixed peel, 65g blanched and chopped almonds, ½ tbsp mixed spice, the zest and juice of 1 orange, and a large splash of brandy – Mince meat, if you can, should be left to soak overnight to give the extra taste.
- Once your mince meat is done and ready (to your own taste) simply cut out your pastry to fill the individual bun tray, scoop your mince meat into the pastry and place a small pastry lid on the top. Why not be a bit more adventurous and use Christmas cutters to top your pies with stars, trees and other wonderful shapes.
This is our easy home-made mince pie recipe, just thinking about this is making us hungry!
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