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Mince Pies

MINCE PIES
 
INGREDIENTS
 
250g plain flour
150g unsalted butter
75g caster sugar
25g ground almonds
Zest ½ lemon
1 egg yolk
3 tablespoons milk
½ jar mince meat
Milk for glazing
 
METHOD
 

  1. In a food processor, mix flour, butter, almonds, lemon zest and sugar. Pulse until it forms “breadcrumbs”.
  2. Add the egg yolk and milk to form a soft dough. Wrap in cling film and chill for at least 30 minutes before rolling it out.
  3. Roll out the pastry, on a lightly floured surface,  to the thickness of a 50p piece. Use a pastry cutter to cut 12 circles for the bases and 12 for the lids.
  4. Place the larger circles into your mince pie tray. Fill with a spoonful of mincemeat then top with the smaller circles of pastry. (Lightly brush the edges of the pastry with a little water to help them to stick to the other pastry edges).
  5. Brush the lids lightly with milk and make a “steam hole” in the top.
  6. Place in the oven at 200C for approximately 20-30 minutes, until the mince pies are golden brown.
  7. Place on a wire rack to cool and dust with a little icing sugar before eating.
 
Optional Extras:
Add the zest of a clementine to the pastry mix
Add some dried cranberries to the mincemeat