Sweet Treat Mince Pies
125g of butter cubed
250g of flour
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp of water
1 tsp cinnamon
Jar of mincemeat or if you would like my recipe,
1/2 tsp Allspice
1/2 tsp Nutmeg
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
Zest of an orange
Zest of a lemon
200g cooking apples cored and cut into a fine dice
65g mixed peel
100g dried dates chopped
150g dried cranberries
100g soft brown sugar
150ml fresh 100% orange juice
150ml fresh 100% apple juice.
Mix everything together in a bowl, leave for 5 days, stirring daily and then pop in sterilised jars.
Pack of ready made marzipan rolled thinly.
1 egg whisked.
Pop the flour, cinnamon and salt into a bowl, add the butter. use your fingertips to rub in the butter until it looks like small breadcrumbs.
Add a tablespoon of cold water and slowly bring the dough together with your fingers. Once the dough has just started to form a ball, pop out onto a work surface and knead lightly to form a nice smooth ball of dough.
Wrap in cling film and pop in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before using to allow the pastry to rest.
Preheat your oven to 180 degrees.
Remove from the fridge, lightly flour your work surface, Roll out to a few mm thick, line your pie tin or individual pie moulds.
Fill with mincemeat, top with some marzipan (i cut into stars), top with pastry (again I cut into stars), brush over with beaten egg and cook for 20 minutes for small individual ones and 30-35 minutes for a large one. Check the pastry is lovely and golden.