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Christmas mince pies

Recipe from: 12/1/2002 12:00:00 AM
Preparation time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Cooking time: 15 mins
 
Have a merry Christmas while indulging in a traditional mince pie.
 
 
 

Ingredients

 
  • 350
    g
    cake or all-purpose flour
  • a pinch of salt
  • 125
    g
    castor sugar
  • 175
    g
    butter, cut into cubes
  • 6
    egg yolks, beaten
  • 250
    ml
    good-quality fruit mincemeat
  • 1
    apple, peeled and grated
  • 1
    each orange and lemon, grated rind
  • splash of brandy or rum
Servings: Change Serving
 
 

Method

 
Place the flour, salt and sugar in a bowl.
Add the butter and work it in, using your fingertips.
Mix in the egg yolks briefly, just until the dough holds together.
Knead into a ball and leave to rest for 30 minutes.
Roll out the pastry on a floured surface.
Cut out rounds, using a 5 cm diameter cookie cutter, and stamp out small star shapes from the leftover pastry.
Press the pastry rounds into the hollows of tartlet tins.
Mix mincemeat, apple, rind and brandy or rum.
Drop 5 ml filling into each pastry case and top with a star shape.
Bake at 190 °C for about 15 minutes, or until the pastry is golden.
Cool on wire racks.
Tips
Serve warm, with a dollop of brandy butter or a dusting of icing sugar.
Make the pies in advance and freeze them.
When grating citrus peel or ginger, cover the side of the grater with cling film and grate over it. It's easier to lift off and you'll have a clean grater.
 

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