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S H A R E T H E LOV E

Mince pies were
originally filled
with meat, such as
lamb, rather than
a dried fruit mix as
they are today.

MINCE PIES
Makes at least 24
You will need
For the mincemeat...
* 325g cooking apples, peeled, cored
and chopped
* 115g shredded suet
* 150g raisins
* 115g sultanas and currants
* 115g mixed candied peel
* 150g soft dark brown sugar
* Zest and juice of 1 lemon and orange
* 30g nibbed almonds
* 2tsp mixed spice
* 1tsp cinnamon
* Large pinch fresh grated nutmeg
* ½g ground ginger
* ½g salt
* 4tbsp brandy
For the pastry...
* 370g all-purpose flour
* 1½g salt
* 140g butter
* 110g caster or powdered sugar
* 2 egg yolks
* 1 whole egg
* A few drops of vanilla essence
Mincemeat
1. Mix all the ingredients, except the
brandy, in a bowl and leave in a cool
place for 12 hours to marinade.
2. Place in a baking dish, cover with
tin foil and bake for 2½ to 3 hours at
140°C/225°F. Leave to cool, stirring
occasionally, then stir in the brandy.
3. Spoon the cooled mixture into
storage jars, cover with waxed discs
and seal. This is now ready - however
it's best to leave it a month to mature.
Pastry
1. Sieve the flour and salt. Put into
a stand mixer and place on a low to
medium speed, then add the butter
and mix until crumb like. Add sugar
then eggs and yolks. Slowly it will
come together. Refrigerate for 1 hour.

The true
taste of
Christmas

2. Roll the dough out between two
sheets of parchment to ½cm thick.
Let it rest for 10 minutes. Cut out
48 pieces with a round cutter (tops
should be medium, bottoms large).

3. Lightly grease moulds/cases then
flour. Line with the pastry then add
the mince pie mix. Place on the lid,
crimp the edges and bake at 180°C
/375°F for about 10-15 minutes.
Dust with icing sugar.
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