Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Blogmas Day 9 - Mince Pie Recipe

Mince pies are the ultimate Christmas treat and the smell of them baking is just delicious and I love making my own (now I've learnt how!) The recipe I use is so easy to follow and at the end, you have some delicious pies to eat - and share of your feeling nice!

  • 375g plain flour
  • 260g unsalted butter, softened
  • 125g caster sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 1 large egg, plus 1 beaten egg for glazing
  • 1 large jar mincemeat (about 600g)
  • little orange juice (or brandy if you prefer)
  • little icing sugar, for dusting

    - Pre-heat the oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7 and grease your tray
    - In a large bowl, ad the flour and butter and rub together in your fingertips until it resembles bread crumbs. Add the sugar and egg and mix together.
    - Tip the mixture out onto a floured surface and fold until the pastry comes together. Cover with cling film and place in the fridge for 10-20 mins to firm up.
    - Empty the mincemeat into a bowl and add a little orange juice - enough to give flavour but not so it's swimming in it! Mix together until the mince meat is broken up.
    - Remove the pastry from the fridge and place on a flour covered surface and roll out until it is around 3mm thick. Use a cutter (or a glass) which is slightly bigger than the cake tray holders and place the circles of pastry in the bottom.
    - Place 1 table spoon of mince meat in each and brush the edge of each pie with a little beaten egg. Place the lids on top and squeeze around the edge to make sure they stick.
    - Glaze each pie with the rest of the beaten egg and sprinkle with caster sugar.
    - Bake the mince pies for 15-20 mins until golden brown. Leave to cool in the trey before removing and then dust with a little icing sugar.
    - Enjoy!
    Do you make mince pies each year and do you add any extras?
    Love Laura x

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