Christmas Recipe Day 16…
Prep Time: 20 minutes. Bake Time: 20 minutes. Serves: 12
Mince pies are the go to dessert around Christmas time, everyone sells them- supermarkets, bakeries, cafes and more but we think although they do taste good…it’s even better to make your own! When you make your own you can be creative and add a little twist to make it your perfect mince pie! This is exactly what we have perfected over the years! We’ve learnt that mince pies don’t have to be too complicated to make and when you make them your own way you’ll find that they’re even better than shop bought ones! This is our version that we love the most but feel fee to get creative and add your own flare if you wish…
-375g plain flour
-125g golden caster sugar
-250g softened butter
-Zest of 1 large orange
For the filling:
-750g mincemeat filling
-25ml brandy (you can double this if you want it to be stronger in taste) You can also use whisky or sherry if you wish!
-The juice of half an orange.
1. Start off by putting the flour and butter into a bowl and rubbing it until you have a breadcrumb mixture.
2. Then add in the egg and sugar and work with your hands. About half way through add in the orange zest and continue until you have a dough. Once your dough has formed, wrap in clingfilm and place in the fridge to set for approximately 30 minutes.
3. While your dough is in the fridge, you can make the filling. To make the filling place the mincemeat in a bowl and in the orange juice and alcohol of your choice. Make sure you mix everything well.
4. Then take the dough out of the fridge and roll out on a clean lightly floured surface until about 1/2cm thick and preheat the oven to gas mark 5/ 375F/ 190C.
5. Next cut out circles, using a pastry cutter big enough to fill the base of your mince pie and big enough to fit your cupcake baking tin.
6. Now spoon in the mincemeat filling about 2/3 of the way high and repeat this for all 12. Then with the left over dough, cut out circles that are slightly bigger than the base to make sure they cover the whole mince pie. Press down the sides making sure they’re aren’t any gaps.
7. Bake in the oven for approximately 20 minutes or until nicely golden brown!
Enjoy these orange infused mince pies with your favourite festive holiday drink!
Keep your eyes on the mince pies 😉