Mince Pies

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Makes 16 Mince pies
Prep Time 30 mins
Cooking Time 20 mins

Ingredients

  • 250g Plain (all purpose flour)
  • 125g Low fat butter spread (I used "I can’t Believe it’s not Butter") cut into small pieces
  • 50g Caster Sugar
  • Zest of one orange
  • Juice of one orange
  • 170g Mincemeat (any brand will do)
  • 50g Glace cherries, finely chopped
  • 25g Cranberries, finely chopped (shop bought in packet)
  • 1 Apple, peeled, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 15g Flaked almonds
  • Milk or beaten egg for glazing

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Method

  • Mix the cherries, cranberries, apple and flaked almonds into the mincemeat, cover with cling film and refrigerate for 30 minutes
  • Meanwhile make the pastry
  • Sieve the flour into a large bowl
  • Add the sugar and low fat spread
  • Lightly rub the spread into the flour and sugar until it resembles breadcrumbs
  • Add the orange zest and finally the orange juice a little at a time to bind it all together in to a ball
  • Place in a bowl and cover with cling film, refrigerate for about 30 minutes to rest
  • Lightly grease a 16 hole bun tin
  • After 30 minutes the pastry is ready to roll out
  • Sieve a little flour onto a clean work surface
  • Cut one third of the pastry off and set aside
  • Form the remaining two thirds back into a ball and roll out fairly thinly
  • Cut 16 bases out and lay in the bun tins, pressing gently into place
  • Roll out the last third of pastry and using a slightly smaller pastry cutter, cut out the 16 tops
  • Spoon a teaspoonful of mincemeat into each pastry case
  • Brush a little water around the edges and press the lids on top
  • Brush the pies with milk or beaten egg
  • Make one or two slits in the top to allow the steam to escape
  • Sprinkle a little cater sugar over the top
  • Bake in a pre heated oven 190°C/375°F/Gas mark 5 for 15 to 20 minutes

Topping

  • When pies are cool, sprinkle a little icing sugar over the top

Cook's tips

  • Check the pies at 15 minutes, if not golden bake for another 5 minutes

Equipment

  • Large mixing bowl
  • 16 hole bun tin

Shopping List

  • 250g Plain (all purpose flour)
  • 125g Low fat butter spread
  • 50g Caster Sugar
  • One orange
  • 170g Mincemeat
  • 50g Glace cherries
  • 25g Cranberries
  • 1 Apple
  • 15g Flaked almonds
  • Milk or egg
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