Saturday, 20 December 2014

Recipe: Christmas Mince Pies

I found this recipe on the Mail Online website, I thought it was a really good idea to have a crumble topping to the mince pies instead of the pastry, they look really pretty and are less filling than normal, so you can eat more, (there is method in my madness). Also the house smelt wonderful of orange and cinnamon as they were cooking, with BBC Radio 2 playing in the background I almost thought I was in the UK, until I looked outside, not a drop of snow in sight.

Ingredients - makes 12

375g short crust pastry
250g mincemeat
50g plain flour
4 tbsps brown sugar
40g butter
grated zest of 1/2 orange
1 tsp ground cinnamon

Method -

Roll out your pastry and cut out 12 rounds and put into your baking tin.

Spoon a couple of teaspoons of mincemeat into each pastry round.

In a bowl add the flour, brown sugar, butter, orange zest and cinnamon.

Rub the contents together to create a chunky crumble mixture.

Sprinkle each mince pie with some of the crumble mix.

Bake in a preheated oven at 200c for 12 to 15 mins.

Allow to cool slightly, then sprinkle with icing sugar and then serves warm or cold.

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