Saturday 20 December 2014

BAKE: Mince Pies!

I am a huuge Mince Pie lover, I get excited for them every year! I thought it was only appropriate to film a video and write a blog post on the recipe I use to make them every year!

If you prefer to follow a written recipe (which I recommend you do for this, turns out I made a few mistakes in the video but still managed to make amazing mince pies!)

8oz Self Raising Flour
6oz Butter (cut into cubes)
1 tbsp. Caster Sugar
1 egg (separated)
Zest & Juice of half an orange
2 (or 1 large) jar of Mincemeat
Caster Sugar & Orange peel strips (optional) to decorate.

Preheat oven to 200 degrees C.
Sift the flour into the bowl, rub in soft butter until it resembles breadcrumbs.
Dissolve caster sugar in egg yolk and add 2 teaspoons of orange juice. (I find the dough muuuch easier to handle the way I accidentally did it, probably as it's a lot less dry - two tablespoons of sugar, egg whites & juice of a whole orange - but they both make very yummy mince pies, so either is fine!)
Add this to the flour mixture, along with the orange rind and mix together with a round bladed knife to form a firm dough.
Roll dough on a floured surface until a quarter of an inch thick. The dough is quite sticky, so make sure you move it in between rolling!
Use a big circle cutter for the base and whatever shape you’d like for the top. If you don’t want any mincemeat showing, make sure you poke a hole in the top on the mince pie to let air out whilst cooking.
Place these in the oven for 15 minutes, until golden brown.
Take out and immediately sprinkle caster sugar on top.
Make a cup of tea, flick the Christmas tree lights on, snap an instagram and enjoy!

Please let me know if you make them!

Hope you're having a wonderful few days up to christmas! 5 sleeps to go! 


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