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Mince pies have at all times been one in all my favorite issues about Christmas.
Once I assume again to the Christmas of my childhood, my mum’s home made mince pies characteristic strongly.
From the sticky glaze and her crumbly pastry to the unimaginable aroma that stuffed the kitchen whereas they have been baking it merely wouldn’t have been Christmas with no mince pie. Or twenty.
I’ve by no means discovered a store purchased mince pie to match these home made ones. They may not have appeared good however the style was divine. Nevertheless fancy a shop-bought mince pie, I have a tendency to seek out them over candy and only a tiny bit disappointing.
In the event you’ve by no means made your individual mince pies, now could be the time to begin. You can also make your individual pastry – and even your individual mincemeat – in the event you like, however I’ve used prepared made right here to maintain this recipe actually easy. They nonetheless style means higher than something you should purchase within the outlets – you’ll be able to’t beat a freshly baked, heat mince pie straight from the oven. In the event you don’t imagine me – strive it!
In the event you’d prefer to make your individual mincemeat do this gin mincemeat from Foodie Quine or in the event you’re not an enormous fan of raisins do this cranberry mincemeat from Le Coin de Mel. And for home made shortcrust pastry, this mild olive oil shortcrust from The Petite Cook is an efficient possibility.
By the way, these mince pies are additionally appropriate for vegans – most pre-made pastry is vegan and the mincemeat I purchased was additionally vegan.
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Straightforward mince pie recipe
Substances: (makes 10-12)
- Butter for greasing
- 375g prepared rolled shortcrust pastry
- 400g jar mincemeat
- 2 tbsp milk
- Icing sugar
Pre-heat the oven to 180°C (fan)/200°C/gasoline mark 6.
Flippantly grease a 12-hole bun tin (the identical dimension you’d use to make fairy muffins) with butter and put aside.
Unroll your pastry. You should use it as it’s however ideally it is best to use a rolling pin to roll it out only a tiny bit thinner. You are able to do this on the paper that it got here in. In the event you roll it out it is best to have sufficient pastry to make 12 mince pies.
Utilizing a 9cm cutter, or a big mug or pint glass, lower out circles of pastry. Press them gently into the tin utilizing your fingers.
Add a spoonful of mincemeat into each.
Re-roll the remaining pastry scraps and lower out tops on your mince pies. I used a 6cm diameter star cutter for this.
Place the tops on the mince pies and brush the tops frivolously with somewhat milk. Bake within the pre-heated oven for 20 minutes.
Enable to chill within the tin for a few minutes then take away and funky fully on a wire rack. When cool sift over somewhat icing sugar.
Retailer in an air tight container.
Mandy Mazliah is a vegetarian mum of three whose youngsters don’t eat greens. Examine her efforts to get them to eat their 5 a day at www.sneakyveg.com.
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