Like most things at Christmas, the rules go out of the window when it comes to scoffing mince pies. Whether you’re running out the door in the morning or snuggling down at night, there is always time to sneak in a cheeky mince pie.
They’re great little treats to accompany a nice cup of afternoon tea with a friend or if you want to be really popular, try bringing in a homemade batch for your co-workers (just try not to get caught under the stampede!). One of the great things about mince pies is that they are so versatile. You can add your own twist, make up a big batch, and store them in an airtight container ready for dipping in anytime throughout the festive season.
Here’s eve’s favourite recipe from https://www.homemadebyyou.co.uk. A wonderfully Christmassy concoction with enough cranberries, chocolate chips and shortcrust pastry to make Santa’s exit through the chimney a tighter squeeze than usual. But what the hey… it’s Christmas right?
Ready in: 35 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Prep time: 20 mins
Makes: 12 mince pies
British plain flour, for dusting
375g ready rolled shortcrust pastry
75g White chocolate chips
75g dried cranberries
25g cut mixed peel, finely chopped
1 medium British free-range egg, yolk only, beaten
10g Fairtrade demerara unrefined cane sugar
Icing sugar for dusting
You’ll also need:
10cm diameter snowflake pastry cutter
6cm diameter (tip to tip) star pastry cutter
12-hole fairy cake tin
- Preheat the oven to 200°C, fan 180°C, gas 6. Lightly dust the work surface with flour and lay the pastry flat, then roll it out to about the thickness of a 20p piece. Use the snowflake pastry cutter to stamp out 12 shapes. Push gently into the moulds of a fairy-cake tin, then place in the fridge for 10 minutes.
- With the remaining pastry, which you may need to re-roll, cut out 12 stars with the other cutter.
- In a bowl, mix together the mincemeat, white chocolate chips, cranberries and mixed peel. Spoon the mincemeat into the pastry cases, then top with a pastry star.
- Brush the pastry with the egg yolk, sprinkle with the demerara sugar and bake in the oven for 15 minutes. Leave to cool for a little, then serve lightly dusted with the icing sugar.
More delicious Christmas recipes can be found at https://www.homemadebyyou.co.uk.