For unbelievably good mince pies you need to have top quality mincemeat. Included is a recipe for mincemeat which is easy to produce and guarantee you won’t find better than this but if you’d rather buy mincemeat then choose a good quality brand that is thick & not too runny.
(12 portions, 180c, 15 minutes)
225g suet (ask your butcher for it and to mince it for you)
225g cooking apples, peeled and then grated on the coarse side of a box grater
125g candied peel
200g light brown sugar
1 tsp mixed spice
1 orange, juice and zest
Mix all the ingredients together and store in an airtight container until ready to use.
For the Pastry (12 portions, 180c, 15 minutes)
200g butter, cubed
400g plain flour
100g ground almonds
100g golden caster sugar
1 orange zest
2 tbsp milk
Blitz the butter, flour and ground almonds in a food processor until you get a crumbly texture. Then blitz in the orange and sugar. Slowly add the milk, while the motor is still running and until the ingredients come together to form a dough. Tip onto a lightly floured surface and knead if required. Rest for 10 – 15 minutes and then roll out. Cut out 12 discs sizes for the base of a bun tin and 12 discs to fit as the lids. Fill these with the mincemeat and cover with the lids, brushing the edges on the bottom side to help secure.
Bake in a preheated oven for 15 minutes and pop out onto a wire tray to cool. Serve with custard or cream…Enjoy & Happy Christmas !