Sunday, 22 December 2013

Festive Treats || Easy Home Made Christmas Mince Pies


Hey Beauties...
For those who don't know, I love to bake and make yummy treats! As it's Christmas I thought I would try out making my own home made mince pies, after all you can't have Christmas without mince pies right? What's Father Christmas going to eat? hehe

Someone once told me making home made mince pies was easy! and I didn't actually believe them till I tried for my self and it really is easy, so I thought I would share with you how I got on making my own mince pies for the first time.


So to make the mince pies you will need: 

(makes 18 Mincepies)
-450g (1lb) Sweet Shortcrust Pastry
-Flour for rolling out
-450g(1lb) Mincemeat
-1 egg, Beaten
-Icing Sugar to Dust

I just bought a jar of mincemeat from Tesco, but if you wanted to make you own mincemeat you will need:

(makes 900g (2lb) mince meat)
-150g (5oz) Raisins
-125g (4oz) Sultanas
-75g (3oz) Dried Cranberries
-125g (4oz) Dried Apricots
-275g (10oz) Cooking Apples, Cored and finely chopped.
1/2 tsp ground Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Ground Mixed Spice
250ml (9fl oz) Orange Juice (or Guinness or Brown Ale)
1tbsp Lemon Juice (or Brandy, Rum or Sherry)

Place the Raisins, sultanas, cranberries, apricots, apples cinnamon, mixed spice and orange juice into a large saucepan, simmer with the pan uncovered for 25 mins, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and stir in the Lemon juice. 
When cool, Pack into jars.

You will also need:
-7.5cm (3in) Fluted pastry cutter
-Star cookie cutter
-6,9 or 12 hole tart tray, I used a 9 hole.

PREHEAT THE OVEN TO 190C/375F/Gas 5


To start with dust some flour on a clean work surface and roll out your Shortcrust pastry, I used ready rolled as its easier and was on offer at the time. 
Then using your fluted pastry cutter cut out 9 (or 12 depending on how many you are making) circles.


 and the same amount of stars stars, if you are making 12 you will need to re-roll the excess pastry to cut out the stars. As I done 9 I had room to do both on one ready rolled sheet.


If you are using a metal tart tray you may need to lightly grease the tray before placing the pastry circles inside, as I used a silicone tray I could just place them in the holes. 
Lightly press them in place making sure they all fit nicely. 
Then you can begin spooning the mincemeat into the little pastry cases. 
As you can see I had a little help from my Daughter Tia hehe!


Fill the cases just so the meat is level with the top of the cases, if you prefer you can put a little more in!


Next place the stars on top of the mince meat making sure the edges of the stars are touching the edges of the pastry cases and lightly press down on the edges to make sure they stay in place.


Once you are happy with the placement of the stars lightly brush over the beaten egg, double checking the corners of the stars are sealed.

Then place them in a pre heated oven at 190c/375f/gas5 and bake for 20 minutes or until the pastry turns golden.


Take then out the oven, plate them up and give them a little dusting of icing sugar!

and your done!!

How yummy do these look and I told you they were easy to make! 

I hope you enjoyed this post! Something a little different for you! I also have a sausage roll and Scottish Shortbread, with a festive twist, recipes if you would be interested in either of them please let me know and I will get them up for you :)

Me and Tia will be making these for Father Christmas on Christmas Eve and I would love to know if you end up making your own! Please tweet me pictures if you do hehe!

Any comments or questions please leave them below and I will get back to you!

Merry Christmas
Much Love
Xxx

6 comments :

  1. YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM .... cant say enough YUMs......thanks for sharing this receipe....looks amazing :)
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    1. Thank you so much :) I'm glad you liked the post!! Hehe they taste as yummy as they look ;) well must if done they vanished quick enough even Tia loved them n she hates shop bought ones lol :) are you making any? Xxx

      Much love
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  2. Yey for home made mince pies - always yummy. You should try making the pastry home made too (so much cheaper and tastier than buying it in a roll) and it's not as hard as you might imagine!

    Looks like you had lots of fun! I'm baking my mince pies tomorrow :)

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  3. This looks yummy! Have a fantastic Christmas gorgeous xxxx



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  4. love the gingerbread men candle holders, so cute and festive, Merry Christmas xx

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