Mince Pie Recipes

Fruit and Nut Mince Pies recipe

These delicious mince pies are perfect for serving to guests who are not a big fan of raisins, sultanas or currants, as they contain none of them. This recipe is also gluten free and wheat free, making it great for any guests with allergies.

Ingredients:

  • 175g gluten-free flour
  • 100g unsalted butter, cooled and cubed
  • 1 tbsp. icing sugar
  • 3 tbsp. cold water
  • 150g ready-to-eat apricots
  • 85g partially dried figs
  • 1 banana
  • 150g chopped hazelnuts
  • Zest and juice of one orange
  • Zest and juice of one lemon
  • 50ml brandy
  • 50g butter
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. allspice

Method of Preparation:

  1. Make the mincemeat the night before using by combining the apricots, figs, banana, hazelnuts, zests, juices, brandy, butter, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice in a blender. Pulse once or twice until everything is combined, then spoon into a jar and leave overnight. If you don't have a blender, finely chop the fruits and nuts and mix with the rest of the ingredients.

  2. To make the pastry, cut the cooled butter into the flour using a pastry cutter or two forks. Once the mixture resembles breadcrumbs, stir in the sugar and water and gather into a ball. Knead a few times, then cover and put into the fridge for half an hour.

  3. Roll the pastry out to a thickness of 3-4mm. Cut out 10-12 8cm circles and press them into a muffin tin.

  4. Spoon 1-2tsp. of the mincemeat into each pastry shell. Use a 6cm star cutter to make 10-12 stars, then top the pies.

  5. Bake the pies in a 190C oven for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.

Dredge these pies thickly with icing sugar before serving. This recipe makes 10-12 pies.

Author: Laura Young

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Published: July 18, 2011
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