Mince Pies

Mince Pies

Mince pies are a must have during Christmas season; try our mouth-watering, fruity recipe. These deliciously healthy treats are unbelievably easy, quick and fun to make. Perfect to serve your friends and family at Christmas. Recipe by Rose Elliot.
Course Dessert, Snack

Ingredients
  

  • 350 g Cooking Dates
  • 225 g Each of currants, sultanas, chopped stoned raisins
  • 75 g Dried cherries
  • 1 Lemon - grated rind and juice
  • 1 Orange - grated rind and juice
  • 50 g Blanched almonds, chopped
  • 350 g Cooking apples, peeled and grated
  • 350 g Tin of Pineapples in juice, drained and chopped
  • For the Pastry
  • 350 g Spelt Flour
  • 175 g Butter, cubed
  • 3 or 4 tbsp Water or orange juice

Instructions
 

  • To make the Pineapple Mincemeat, - makes about 2kg. Put everything in a large saucepan and mix well.
  • Bring to a simmer for 10 minutes to soften the fruit
  • Cool for 10 minutes.
  • To store spoon into sterilised jars and press a piece of grease-proof paper down on top of the mince meat before putting on the lid. Label and store in the fridge
  • To make the pastry, Rub butter into flour in a large bowl until it resembles breadcrumbs.
  • Add 2-3 tbsp water/juice and ‘cut’ into the mixture with a knife until it form large clumps. Add another tbsp of water if needed.
  • Press together into a large ball ready to roll.
  • To make the Mince Pies, Roll out and cut pastry into circles with a cutter and line a pie tin.
  • Cut out slightly smaller circles for lids or use a star cutter to make star lids.
  • Fill with mincemeat and bake in a hot oven (200°C, gas mark 6) for 20 minutes.
Keyword Christmas, Mince pie