I'd find it very difficult if you asked me to pick my favourite Christmas food. Anything with loads of dried fruit and warming spices is perfect for this time of the year: christmas pudding, christmas cake, mincemeat... it's all good! But if you really pushed me, I'd probably have to go for the mince pie, especially if they're lovingly hand-made.
Homemade Mince Pies
Makes approx. 42 pies
1 batch homemade mincemeat
700g plain flour
150g soft brown sugar
350g butter or margarine
Equipment: 4x 12-hole cake trays; a large circular pastry cutter; a small star pastry cutter.
- Combine the flour and sugar in a large bowl.
- Cut the butter into small cubes and rub into the flour.
- Add a little cold water to make a stiff pastry dough.
- Roll out the pastry to ½cm thick.
- Use a round pastry cutter with a diameter a little larger than the tins, and cut about 40 circles.
- Divide the mincemeat between the pastry cases.
- Roll out the remaining pastry and cut a star for the top of each pie.
- Brush the tops with a little milk or water, and bake for approx. 20 minutes at 200°C (fan oven), or until the stars start to brown at the corners.
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