Mince pies three ways

Mince pies three ways

Cuisine type: traditional
Course: dessert
Favourite flavours: cakes/baking
Cooking method: bake


Mince pies are a Christmas classic. Bake your own delicious versions following this simple festive recipe.
INGREDIENTS

475g jar fruit mince
1/2 cup (125g) finely chopped glacé peaches
1/3 cup (45g) finely chopped toasted slivered almonds
1/4 cup (30g) almond meal
1 tablespoon brandy
2 egg whites, beaten lightly
1/2 cup (110g) caster sugar, extra
icing sugar, for decoration
PASTRY
1 1/2 cups (225g) plain flour
2 tablespoons custard powder
1/4 cup (55g) caster sugar
125g cold butter, chopped
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons cold water

METHOD

1. Combine fruit mince, peaches, almonds, almond meal and brandy in a medium bowl.

2. PASTRY: Process flour, custard powder, sugar and butter until combined. Add egg yolk and enough water to make ingredients cling together. Knead dough lightly on floured surface until smooth; cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

3. Preheat oven to 200°C (180°C fan-forced). Grease two 12-hole (2 tablespoons/40ml capacity) patty-pan trays. Roll two-thirds of the pastry between sheets of baking paper until 3mm thick. Cut 24 x 7.5cm rounds from pastry, re-rolling dough as necessary to make 24 rounds. Press rounds into prepared trays, reserving any pastry scraps. Divide fruit mince mixture between pastry cases.

4. Roll the remaining pastry between sheets of baking paper until 3mm thick. Cut out 8 snowflakes or stars using cutters; place on 8 pies.

5. Knead all pastry scraps into a ball; freeze until firm. Coarsely grate pastry; top 8 pies with grated pastry. Brush a little egg white on pastry tops, sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of the extra caster sugar. Cover remaining 8 pies with greased foil. Bake all pies for about 20 minutes or until pastry is browned lightly. Remove all pastry-topped pies from pan.

6. Beat remainder of the egg whites in a small bowl with electric mixer until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining extra caster sugar, beat until dissolved. Spoon meringue on un-topped pies; bake for about 5 minutes

or until browned lightly. Cool.

7. Dust pies lightly with sifted icing sugar. Suitable to freeze. Not suitable to microwave.



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