Get in the spirit by baking your own with this quick and easy recipe from Masterchef winner Mat Follas.
Just hand us the brandy butter and no one gets hurt...
Quick mince pies recipe
- For the pie:
- 150g butter
- 250g plain flour
- 50g ground almonds
- 50g caster sugar
- 1 orange
- pinch of salt
- 1 egg
- 1-2 tsp cold water
- 280g/10oz good quality mincemeat
- For the topping:
- 100g butter
- 75g plain flour
- 100g caster sugar
- 1tsp cinnamon powder
- 1 nutmeg
Place butter in freezer overnight.
Preheat oven to 180°C.
Put the flour into a mixing bowl. Using a cheese grater, grate the butter into the flour and add caster sugar, almonds, and salt; zest the orange and add, then gently stir with a wooden spoon to combine.
In a food processor, add the mixture, egg yolks and 1-2 teaspoons of water. Use a pulse action until it forms a soft dough, then place it in the fridge for 30 minutes, to chill.
Roll out the pastry to a thickness of a pound coin and with a round cookie cutter, cut out about 20 rounds.
In a non-stick tartlet baking tray, press the rounds into the tray and spoon the mincemeat evenly into the pies.
Make a crumble topping by quickly mixing the butter, flour, cinnamon and caster sugar in your food processor until it forms a crumble.
Sprinkle the crumble over the pies, grate some nutmeg over the top and bake in the oven for 12 - 15 minutes until golden.
Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.
Recipe from Happy Egg
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