Mince Pie Filling:
We ran out of mince pies! No matter! Well, whip up our own!
Usually, the fruit would have to soak for a day + in brandy/liqueur. But cooking the fruits until soft speeds things up a bit.
2 cups chopped dried apricots
2 cups raisins
1 cup dried cranberries
2 medium apples cored, peeled & chopped
1 lemon zest & juiced
1 orange zest & juiced
1/2 cup soft brown sugar
1tsp ground Cinnamon
1tsp ground Ginger
1.5 tsp Nutmeg
Boil for 20 minutes until soft.
Add 1/2 cup mixed peel
Jar up. Can be water bathed for 10 minutes to store in pantry. But this batch is heading straight into mince pies. So will wait it out in the fridge.
Mince Pie Pastry:
Mince Pies 🥧 -you won't be sorry for baking these! You may never want to eat shop bought once ever again.
Pastry dough recipe:
350g flour + extra for flooring surface
Pinch of salt
Mix this until it looks like wet sand
100g Castor sugar
3-4 tbsp water
Mux until pliable dough
Roll out on floured surface & cut circles.
Place in shallow cupcake baking trays.
Pat down carefully to fill the shape.
Scoop mincemeat mixture from yesterday into the little pies.
Cut out Christmas tops -we used stars.
Brush with milk.
Sprinkle with little bit of granulated sugar.
Bake 15-20 mins