Carly's Blog

I really enjoy spending my free time baking so I thought I'd set up a blog dedicated to just that :)

Monday, 27 December 2010

Mince Pies

140g cold butter, diced
225g plain flour
50g ground almonds
50g golden caster sugar
1 orange, zest only
pinch of salt
1 egg yolk
1 - 2 tsp cold water
280g good quality mincemeat
1 egg, beaten
icing sugar, for dusting

Preheat the oven to 220'c/Gas Mark 6.

Rub the butter into the flour and add the almonds, caster sugar, orange rind and salt until the mixture is a bit crumbly.  Add an egg yolk and 1 - 2 tsp of water until it forms a soft dough, then put it into a plastic bag and chill in the fridge for 20 - 30 minutes.

Roll out the pastry to a thickness of 2 - 3mm and cut out about 18 rounds (7.5cm) with a pastry cutter.

Place into a lightly greased 12 hole cake tin and spoon in the mincemeat evenly.  Re roll the left over pastry and cut out lids, these can either be round or a shape that fits on top.

Lightly brush the pastry tops with the beaten egg and bake in the oven for 12 - 15 minutes, until golden brown.

Remove from the oven and leave to cool for a few minutes before removing them from the tins and place on a wire rack.  Once completely cooled dust with icing sugar.


1 comment:

  1. These were very easy to make and very tasty but I bought Morrissons finest mincemeat which was very boozy and a little bit too strong for me.