British Baking | My adaptation of the traditional Mince Pie

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My office is holding a month long mince pie competition, rating the offerings from national chains and local establishments. I was quite unimpressed by the dry, uninspired store bought versions. I decided to up the competition by making my own mince pies. I couldn’t find an ideal recipe, so I made that up too!

 

Ingredients – Mince for 30 Mince Pies

  • 5 apples – diced (with skin)
  • 2 cups raisins
  • 1 cup cranberries
  • 1 orange – zest or peel for spicing the mince + juiced in the mince
  • 2 cups fresh apple juice
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 6 star anise stars
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • Small piece of ginger peeled and diced (about 1 Tablespoon)
  • 1 Tablespoon cloves
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Ingredients – Pie Crust

  • I cheated and bought 1 package of ‘jus-rol’ shortcrust

Ingredients – Streusel Topping (I made half my pies with streusel topping)

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

 

Process – Mince

  • Put all ingredients in a pot
  • Bring to a simmer over medium/high heat
  • Cover and maintain a simmer, stirring occasionally for at least an hour.
    • This can be done a day or two ahead of time, and stored in the refrigerator until you make the pies

Process – Pies

  • On a floured working surface, roll out crust quite thin and make circles using a cookie cutter or glass.
  • If desired, cut small Christmas trees, stars or other festive holiday shapes by hand or using a cookie cutter. These will be used for topping the pies.
  • Place mini crusts into a buttered mince pie pan (like a shallow cupcake pan)
  • Fill with mince – when filling the pies, make sure you remove stray cloves, orange peel, star anise and cinnamon sticks
  • Top with streusel topping OR with a festive crust shape
    • If using a pie crust topping, brush with butter, cream or egg and sprinkle with sugar
  • Bake for 20-22 minutes at 190 c / 275 f
  • Let cool for a few minutes before enjoying

 

**In case you were wondering, reviews from my co-workers ranged from “Best ever – 5 stars” to “A healthier alternative to store bought pies – 3.5 stars”.**

 

 

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  1. Kara
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    best ever!

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