Mince Pies

Mince Pies

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Welcome to Day 6 of the 12 days of Christmas on Ellie Bakes, where I will be sharing a festive recipe every day until Christmas Eve. I think Christmas is the best time of the year for baking, and I have lots of great recipes to share!

Mince pies are a Christmas essential, and these are really simple to make. They are perfect to make for Christmas gatherings, and are easy for children to get involved with!

You can vary the additions to the mincemeat – I also like using orange zest and chocolate chips, or you can add other dried fruits like cherries and apricots. You can also use different toppings, I like to use a brown sugar meringue, or a simple crumble mixture as an alternative to pastry.

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Mince Pies

For the pastry:

  • 250g plain flour
  • 125g butter, cut into small pieces
  • 50g icing sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten with a splash of water
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger

For the mincemeat:

  • 250g mincemeat
  • 1 apple, grated with the juice squeezed out
  • 50g dried cranberries
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger

To top the mince pies:

  • handful of flaked almonds
  • 25g toasted almonds, roughly chopped

 

 

2 mini cupcake tins or 1 large cupcake tin.

  1. For the pastry put the flour, spices and butter into a food processor and whizz until it resembles breadcrumbs. Whizz in the icing sugar, then add the egg mixture and pulse until it forms a dough.
  2. Tip it out onto a work surface, form into a ball, cover with clingfilm and put into the fridge for half an hour.
  3.  While the pastry is chilling, tip the mincemeat into a bowl, add in the apple, cranberries and spices then stir.
  4. When the pastry has chilled, roll out as thin as possible, then stamp out rounds using a cutter and use to line your tins.
  5. Spoon the mincemeat into the pastry and then either top with almonds, or cut out shapes for the tops, then bake in the oven for 15-18 minutes until golden brown.
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