Mince pies
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Mince pies

I can't remember where I found this recipe - I think it may be a Jamie Oliver. My Dad only invites me for Christmas if I promise to make these!

Rebekah Coveney

Ingredients

  1. 140 g cold butter
  2. 225 g plain flour
  3. 50 g ground almonds
  4. 50 g golden caster sugar
  5. Zest of 1 orange
  6. Pinch salt
  7. 1 egg yolk
  8. 1-2 tsp cold water
  9. Jar good quality mincemeat
  10. 1 egg
  11. Icing sugar (for dusting - optional)

Method

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    Rub butter into flour with fingertips until you have a crumbly mixture

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    Add almonds, sugar, orange zest and salt and mix together with fingertips

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    Add egg yolk and water, bring all together and knead into a soft dough

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    Put in a plastic bag and put in the fridge for 30 minutes

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    Roll dough out on a lightly floured surface nice and thin (but still thick enough that it doesn't tear)

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    Cut out 18 holes and place each one into a greased mince pie tin.

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    Spoon mincemeat into each cup (don't overfill or it'll leak over in the oven - a level tsp or a little less should be plenty)

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    Cut out star/Christmas tree/holly shapes from the remaining dough and place on top.

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    Brush each mince pie with the beaten egg (this gives the pies a nice golden glaze) and put in a preheated oven at 180 for 12-15 mins (keep a close eye on them, they cook quickly and burn easily!)

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    After they've cooled, lightly sieve some icing sugar over them if you want to

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