Marvelous Mince Pies

It’s not Christmas without mince pies, and so, in a fit of festive fun mum and I decided to try out a new recipe that uses filo and puff pastry instead of shortcrust. They’re so light, tasty and a real festive treat. 
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You’ll need:
  • 200g good quality mincemeat
  • A handful of chopped, dried cherries, blueberries or cranberries
  • The zest of 2 clementines 
  • A splash of Cointreau
  • A pack of pre-rolled puff pastry
  • A pack of pre-rolled filo pastry
  • 50g melted butter
  • 1 beaten egg
  • Icing sugar for dusting 
Mix your mincemeat, dried cherries, clementine zest and Cointreau in a bowl. 
Then spread the mixture all over the puff pastry sheet, but leave about 1cm from all the edges.

Roll it up lengthways and pop it in the fridge to firm up for about half an hour. Whilst this is resting, take a single sheet of filo pastry and pop it over the muffin tin and push it into each of the cases. Then dab a little melted butter into each of the cases before covering it with another sheet of pastry. Repeat the buttery little step as well.

Take your filo pastry out of the fridge and cut it into slices (one slice for every muffin case on your tray) and lightly press them into the tray.

Give them a quick brush with the egg and then pop them in the oven for about 25 minutes until they’re golden brown and the filo pastry is nice and crispy. 
Sieve a little icing sugar over the mince pies and serve. You might want to leave one out on Christmas Eve for Mr Clause himself! Beside the carrots for Rudolph, of course. Serve with either some Rudolph Bubbles or some Mulled Wine for a really festive treat!

Merry Christmas!
Original recipe is from Jamie Oliver with a few little changes. 

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  • steve.r hudson

    They are very tasty and look good too.