Mince Pies (Fruit Mince Pies with shortbread cookie dough)
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- 250g dried currants
- 250g raisins or (125 g raisins and 125g dried cranberries)
- 50g glace' cherries
- 25g mixed peel
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg (optional)
- 1/8 tsp ground clove (optional)
- 120ml Port (good red wine)
- 80 ml brandy
- Add all dried fruits, ground cinnamon ground nutmeg and ground clove to a food processor and pulse to chop.
- Add wine and brandy, then grind until the fruit mixture softens and comes together but still remains a bit chunky.
- This fruit mixture can be stored in a sterile, airtight container until ready to use or can be used right away.
- For the mince pie cases, follow the shortbread cookie recipe to make the dough. https://cleoscooking.com/recipe-items/shortbread-biscuit-recipe/
- Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface. Sprinkle the top lightly with flour and also dust the rolling pin to avoid any dough sticking to it.
- If you are using foil cases, use a round cookie-cutter slightly bigger than the cases to allow for the extra dough to move up the sides of each case.
- Use a star, Christmas tree or any cookie cutter which can fill the centre of your case while touching the edges. See the making mince pies video attached to this recipe.
- It is also possible to use a non-stick muffin tin or silicone to make your mince pies. Follow the same method of cutting your circles a bit larger to allow for enough dough to go up the sides of your tin.
- Roll the dough to roughly 2-3 mm thick.
- Cut out your dough circles and fit them to your cases or muffin tins, ensuring that the dough is touching the bottom of each one.
- Using a small ice cream scoop or a tablespoon measure. Fill each case with the ground fruit filling and cover with your desired dough cut-out, for example, a star, Christmas tree or even a snowman.
- Once all of your cases are filled and covered, place them in the refrigerator for at least 20 mins to chill.
- Preheat the oven to 150C/300F and bake the mince pies for 25 mins. The pies should remain light in colour and not brown.
- Remove the pies from the oven and dust with caster sugar.
- Warning the pie filling will be very hot! Cool before serving!
- Servings : 12
- Ready in : 85 Minutes
- Recipe Type : Christmas
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