Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Christmas Mince Pies recipe

One of my favourite parts about Christmas time is cooking and baking all the yummy food. This is our recipe for yummy mince pies.
 
Serves: 12 
Ingredients:
  • 1 cup (250ml) brandy
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 125g softened diced butter
  • 250g brown sugar
  • 250g currants
  • 250g peeled and finely chopped granny smith apples
  • 250g raisins
  • 250g sultanas
  • 65g mixed peel
  • grated rind of 1/2 lemon
  • grated rind of 1/2 orange
  • pinch each of nutmeg and allspice
  • sifted icing sugar to dust

For the Pastry
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 125g butter
  • 125g plain flour
  • 125g self raising flour
  • 2 tablespoons icing sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cold water
 
Directions
Step 1: Make sure all ingredients are finely chopped to around the same sized pieces. In a large bowl, mix all the fruit, chopped apples, butter, rind and spices together till well combined. Dissolve the sugar in the brandy and pour it over the mixture. Cover and let stand overnight.

Step 2: To make the pastry sift the flours and then either rub in the butter or combine in a food processor. Add the sifted icing sugar and then stir in the egg yolk and water and mix it all to dough.

Step 3: Combine the pastry into a ball and knead it briefly. The dough will be fairly firm, like shortbread dough. You can use the dough immediately, or chill for later. Wrap in plastic wrap, then put in the fridge for an hour.

Step 4: Preheat oven to 180 degrees C and grease a 12 muffin or pie tin.
Step 5: To assemble: roll out the dough on a floured surface till about 2mm thick. Cut out shapes to fit the muffin holes, fill each tart with a generous teaspoon of mince. Cove the top of each tart with another circle of pastry, pressing the edges gently together to seal. You can even use biscuit cutters to add different shapes to the top.

Step 6: Bake for 15 minutes. Leave to cool in the tin for 5 minutes, then remove to a wire rack. To serve, lightly dust with icing sugar. They will keep for 3 to 4 days in an airtight container.
Here I am reheating them the day after I baked them for a Christmas party.
Once they are warmed for 5 minutes, sift icing sugar onto the top.
 Lady Creativity

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