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Mince Pies on a chopping board with two cups of hot chocolate

Make Your Own Mince Pies

Monday, December 4, 2017

What’s more festive than a yummy mince pie? Our head chef, Adam Davenport, from Elior UK has shared his favourite mince pie recipe which gives a fruity twist to the traditional classic.

Ingredients

For the filling

1 large jar mincemeat (about 600g)

2 satsumas, segmented

1 apple, finely chopped

zest 1 lemon

20 ml brandy

25 g crushed almonds (optional)

little icing sugar, for dusting

 

For the pastry

 

375g plain flour

260g unsalted butter, softened

125g caster sugar, plus extra for sprinkling

1 large egg, plus 1 beaten egg for glazing

 

Alternatively you could buy readymade pastry

 

Method

 

Place the flour and butter in a bowl and rub together to a crumb consistency. Add the sugar and the egg, and mix together.

 

Tip out onto a lightly floured surface and fold until the pastry comes together, be

careful not to over mix.

 

Wrap the pastry in cling film and chill for 10 minutes.

 

Scoop the mincemeat into a bowl and add the satsumas, almonds, brandy, apple and

zest.

 

Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7.

 

Roll out the pastry to 3mm thick. Using a round cutter (about 10cm), cut out 16 bases and place them into muffin trays.

 

Put 11⁄2 tbsp mincemeat mixture into each. Brush the edge of each pie with a little beaten egg.

 

Re-roll out the pastry to cut 7cm lids and press them on top to seal. Glaze with the rest

of the egg, sprinkle with caster sugar, then make a small cut in the tops.

 

Bake mince pies for 15-20 mins until golden brown.

Leave to cool before releasing them from the muffin trays and dusting with icing

sugar before serving.

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