Monday, 17 December 2012

Advent Challenge, Day 14; Simple Mince Pies

December 14th
Remember the mincemeat from the beginning of the month? Well today, now that the flavor had time to improve, we're going to us it in our mince pies. These mince pies are very simple to make as I know pastry can be a real nightmare, so this pastry is almost like a shortbread dough. Very tasty, have fun.

225g of Cold Butter
350g of Plain Flour
100g of Caster Sugar
280g of Mincemeat
1 small egg

1.Preheat the oven to 200C/gas 6/fan 180C.
2. To make the pastry, rub 225g cold, diced butter into 350g plain flour, then mix in 100g golden caster sugar and a pinch of salt. Combine the pastry into a ball - don't add liquid - and knead it briefly. The dough will be fairly firm, like shortbread dough. You can use the dough immediately, or chill for later.
3. In a muffin tin, take some walnut sized balls of the dough and press into the holes.
4. Spoon 280g mincemeat into the pies.
5. Take slightly smaller balls of pastry than before and pat them out between your hands to make round lids, big enough to cover the pies. Top the pies with their lids, pressing the edges gently together to seal.
6. Beat 1 small egg and brush the tops of the pies. Bake for 20 minutes until golden. Leave to cool in the tin for 5 minutes, then remove to a wire rack. To serve, lightly dust with icing sugar. They will keep for 3 to 4 days in an airtight container.

Hope you enjoyed this post. Check back for the next one but until next time bros, carry on cooking.

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