An easy recipe for mince pies
250g plain flour
50g ground almonds
50g caster sugar
pinch of salt
1 happy egg
1-2 tsp cold water
280g/10oz good quality mincemeat
For the topping:
75g plain flour
100g caster sugar
1tsp cinnamon powder
Place butter in freezer overnight.
Preheat oven to 180°C.
Put the flour into a mixing bowl. Using a cheese grater, grate the butter into the flour and add caster sugar, almonds, and salt; zest the orange and add, then gently stir with a wooden spoon to combine.
In a food processor, add the mixture, happy egg yolks and 1-2 teaspoons of water. Use a pulse action until it forms a soft dough, then place it in the fridge for 30 minutes, to chill.
Roll out the pastry to a thickness of a pound coin and with a round cookie cutter, cut out about 20 rounds.
In a non-stick tartlet baking tray, press the rounds into the tray and spoon the mincemeat evenly into the pies.
Make a crumble topping by quickly mixing the butter, flour, cinnamon and caster sugar in your food processor until it forms a crumble. Sprinkle the crumble over the pies, grate some nutmeg over the top and bake in the oven for 12 – 15 minutes until golden.
Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.
Originally posted 2013-11-29 13:14:54.