A classic English baked dessert that is popular during Christmas. It is made of dried fruits and nuts known as 'mincemeat'; not to be confused with animal protein based minced meat!
Serves

- 4

INGREDIENTS

  • FOR For the Pastry Dough
  • 140 gms Chilled Butter, cut in cubes
  • 225 gms Refined Flour
  • 30 gms Castor Sugar
  • FOR For the Filling
  • 150 gms Mixed dried fruits and nuts (dates, raisin, apricots, walnut, etc)
  • 5 gms Cinnamon Powder
  • 5 gms Mixed Spices
  • 150 ml Brandy
  • 1 Apple, chopped
  • 15 gms Brown Sugar
  • Rind of 1 lemon

HOW TO PREPARE MINCE PIE

  1. 1

    Finely chop the dry fruits and combine with, brown sugar, brandy, apple, mixed spice, lemon rind, cinnamon powder and set aside for later use.
  2. 2

    Combine the flour and sugar in a mixing bowl, add butter cubes and rub until it resembles a fine crumb.
  3. 3

    Add little water to the mixture and fold well to combine.
  4. 4

    Leave it to rest for 20 mins.
  5. 5

    Pre-heat the oven to 180c and roll the dough on a cleaned surface with the thickness of 5mm, use the pastry cutter to cut circles from the dough.
  6. 6

    Also cut the stars from remaining pastry dough.
  7. 7

    Line tart mold with pastry circles and carefully fill the mixture in to the pastry circles, cover with pastry stars, sprinkle some sugar and bake in the oven.
  8. 8

    Remove from the oven and set aside to cool down completely before serving.
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