Recipes

Clodagh McKenna's Christmas Mince Pies

Aired December 21, 2015

Serves 12
Ingredients

For the Mincemeat:
1 1/2 cups sultanas (golden raisins)
1 1/3 cups packed currants
1 1/2 cups raisins
3/4 cups chopped dried prunes
1 3/4 cups soft brown sugar
2 apples, around 2 cups, grated
1 stick plus 7 tablespoons butter, chilled and grated
3 oranges, zested and juiced
Rounded 1/3 cup chopped almonds
Rounded 1/3 cup chopped pecan nuts
3 teaspoons mixed spice
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
A good splash of brandy

For the sweet short crust pastry:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 stick chilled unsalted butter, cubed
A pinch of salt
1 tablespoon powder sugar
1 medium egg, beaten

2 eggs, beaten
Powdered sugar, for dusting
 

Preparation

Preheat oven to 275°F.

Mix all the mincemeat ingredients together in a large bowl then transfer the mincemeat to a casserole dish. Transfer to the oven and cook for 2 hours. Once cooked, leave to cool then transfer to sterile jars. You’ll need 9 ounces for the pie.

For the pastry: place the flour, salt and butter in a food processor and whiz. Add half the beaten egg and continue to blend. You might add a little more egg, but not too much as the mixture should be just moist enough to come together.

Using your hands, transfer the pastry from the food processor out onto a work surface and flatten out the ball of dough until it is about an inch thick. Wrap in cling film or place in a plastic bag and leave in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to chill.

Once the pastry has chilled, preheat the oven to 400°F. Brush a shallow 24-hole cupcake baking tin with melted butter and set aside.

On a floured work surface, roll out the pastry to 1/4-inch thick and, using a large (around 5 1/2 inches), round, cookie cutter, cut out 12 circles for the bases. Then use a smaller star cutter to cut out 12 circles/stars for the lids.

Line the holes of the buttered cupcake baking tin with the pastry bases. Fill each base with a teaspoon of mincemeat and top with a pastry star. Brush the tops of the mince pies with the beaten egg.

Place in the pre-heated oven for 15-20 minutes.
 

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