The team at IrelandWays.com likes a sweet treat every now and then, particularly this time of the year. To get into the festive mood, we’d like to share this easy Christmas recipe to make your own mince pies, enjoy!
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
For the pastry:
Pinch of Salt and Sugar
A jar of mince meat (400gr approximately)
Icing sugar – to sprinkle on top
For the filling:
The easiest way to simplify things is to get a good quality jar of mincemeat from a local market (which for those not familiar with mince pies, it is totally meat free!). Most Christmas fairs and markets will have homemade versions; or you can just grab a jar in the supermarket.
If you’d like, you can also make it from scratch, of course. You will need dried fruit such as raisins, sultanas, mixed peel, cranberries, currants … as well as brown sugar, butter, mixed spice and your tipple of choice such as sherry or brandy. You will need to simmer all the ingredients (except the liquor) for about 10 minutes, then add your tipple and simmer for another 15-20 minutes. Let it cool down.
HOW TO MAKE THEM
1- First you will need to make the pastry by mixing the flour and butter, rubbing them into a crumb-like mix. Add a pinch of salt and a pinch of sugar. Mix in the egg (beaten) and work the mix into a dough (add some water if needed).
2- Let the pastry cool in the fridge for 15 to 30 minutes.
3- Roll the pastry (3mm thick approximately).
4- Cut out the base for your pies (8-10cms) with a round cutter if you have one, otherwise cutting around the rim of a mug or glass for instance.
5- You will then need to cut out the top of the pies (lids) a bit smaller (6cms approximately). Do a trial run before you cut them all, just to make sure base and lid fit together.
6- Place the bases on a greased tray. If you have a muffin or mince pie tray even better because you will be able to easily slot them into the shapes. If you don’t, don’t worry, they will be equally tasty!
7- Fill the bases with mincemeat and cover with the lids using a bit of water or egg to help you seal the edges (so they don’t open while in the oven).
8- Brush the top with a bit of milk (or beaten egg). If you have spare pastry you can also cut out star or other Christmas shapes to add an even more festive touch.
9- Bake at 200C until they are golden brown for 20 minutes approximately.
10- Let the pies cool down and then dust with icing sugar. Enjoy with a good dollop of cream or custard and Happy Christmas!
What are your favourite Christmas recipes? Let us know!