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Homemade Mince Pies



I couldn't think of any better way to get myself into the festive mood, than to bake a batch of home cooked mince pies. Not only are the finished products scrummy, but the smell that floats through the house while they cook is enough to boost anybodies festive spirit.

This isn't a complicated, in-depth recipe on how to make completely homemade mince pies, but a recipe of how to spice up supermarket ingredients.


Ingredients needed:



375g shortcrust pastry

200g good quality mincemeat (the fruit kind)

3tbsps squuezed orange juice

1/4 brambley apple chopped into very small pieces

4 dried apricots chopped into very small pieces

handful of dried cranberries chopped into very small pieces

a pinch of mixed spice

1 egg

icing sugar to dust




Method:

Pre-heat the over to 180 degrees.



Grease a 12 holed bun tray.



Roll out half the pastry till its about 1/2cm thick. Find a tool to cut out the base of your pies, you could use a crinkled edge cookie cutter, a glass, a tub, anything with a round shape that when cut will fill the bun trays.




Place the rounds in the bottom of the bun trays and pop in the fridge to cool for 30 minutes.




Empty your mincemeat (fruit kind) into a bowl, now your going to mix in all of the other ingredients, apart from the egg. So you add the orange juice, apple, apricots, cranberries & mixed spice, and mix together.








Let the rest of the 30 minutes pass ..............


Roll out the rest of the pastry, and cut out 12 lids for your pies. These can be star shaped, rounded, crinkled edged. Whatever you fancy. I decided to use my cookie cutter and go for the crinkled edge.



Take your bun tray out of the fridge. And half fill each pie with mincemeat.




 Beat the egg and the brush onto the edges of the pastry.



Now place on top, your creative lids.



Brush the rest of the egg over the lids, once placed on top of the pies.



Preparation is complete.



Now pop in the over for 25 minutes or until golden brown.

Enjoy the smells!




25 minutes pass,...

Take the pies out of the oven, and let them chill for 10-15 minutes.



Serve on a fancy plate with a dusting of icing sugar.






Enjoy, on their own, with cream or with custard.

How do you eat yours? 


Roo xx







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