Advent Calendar Day 3: Mince Pies

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So it’s the 3rd December and day number 3 of my 24 day Advent calendar. I think it’s time for a little, easy cheat recipe…

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I love mince pies and I have to admit it’s the only thing about Christmas goodies coming into the shops in October that I like. I love good quality shop bought mince pies with biscuity shortcrust pastry or flakey buttery puff pastry. I enjoy mincemeat that is sweet, fruity and a little spicy.

Last year I shared my recipe for Apple mincemeat, I had a couple of jars sealed and stashed away for this year.

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I’m using shop bought puff pastry to show you just how easy mince pies are to make. If you’re feeling adventurous, you could make my pate sucree, a sweet shortcrust pastry. Or if you have a couple of hours to turn and roll out pastry, you could try my rough puff pastry.

If not, lay out your shop bought ready rolled puff pastry. Use a pastry cutter or ramakin dish to shape and cut a circle out of the pastry and use a smaller cutter or egg up to shape the top smaller piece of pastry.

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Place the larger of the circles in the cake/cup cake tin. Spoon in a dollop of mincemeat in and then place the smaller pastry circle on top. Fork around the edges to seal the pies. Finally, poke a hole or small cut in the top to let the steam out.

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You can freeze the mince pies at this stage in the the tin and then transfer into a freezer bag or tub.

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I brushed my mince piese with beaten egg and sprinkled some caster sugar, before putting in at oven at gas mark 4 or 150 degrees. If your’s are frozen, drop the temperature a little and pop them straight in the oven.

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Serve with a snowy sprinkle of icing sugar and a dollop of whipped cream or some custard. Time to pop the kettle on…

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Melissa xx

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11 thoughts on “Advent Calendar Day 3: Mince Pies

  1. Mince pies were one of my fav treats at this time of year too – your mincemeat looks so chunky and moist, but like Elaine, I’d do it sans alcohol! My mouth is watering with these Advent posts, but I can’t always add a comment for some reason and it seems to take forever for the ‘Like’ button to load up – my bad internet connection I assume. However, I will follow each day on Twitter. Sx

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  2. Pingback: Advent Calendar Day 20: Edible goodie round up | The Glen House

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