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More-ish Mini Mince Pies

Ali Bilton • Dec 18, 2019


Half my mum's recipe, half my own. The pastry is my Viennese Recipes. This recipe will make 60 mini pies, I use a mini muffin tray. If you don't have a tray like that, don't worry, it will make a similar amount of regular sized pies.





Ingredients

For the Viennese Pastry

270g Plain Flour

180g Butter (Unsalted)

90g Icing Sugar

30g Ground Almonds

1 Egg

For the Mincemeat

2 x 440g Jar of good quality mincemeat

(For Ali's home-made recipe, please see the last blog post)

Method

1. Sieve the flour into a food processor, add the sugar and the ground almonds.*

2. Combine the butter, until it becomes a crumb like consistency

3. Add the egg and whizz again, until it forms a dough.

4. Turn out onto a floured work surface, shape into a round.

5. Wrap the dough in cling film, and flatten out into the biggest disc you can.

6. Leave to chill in the fridge, for at least half an hour.**

Pre-heat the oven to 180'c.

7. Roll the pastry out as thin as possible.

8. Cut 36 discs, using a 6cm round cutter.

9. Cut 36 stars using a small star cutter. (You may have to re-roll to do this.)

10. Carefully put a disc into each mini-muffin mould, pressing to the bottom.

11. Add a tsp of mincemeat into each pastry-filled muffin mould.

12. Top each with a star.

13. Bake in a pre-heated oven for 10mins.

14. Check to see if they're ready (golden brown and bubbling), if not bake for another 2mins.

15. Leave to cool in the tray for a few minutes.

16. Remove from the tray, carefully, using a round-edge knife, and cool on a cooling rack.

Always serve warm, preferably with a good dollop of brandy butter!

They'll freeze well in an airtight container for up to a month.

*If you don't have a food processor, just get your hands in there to combine the ingredients.

**The dough can be chilled for longer, overnight if you'd like.


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