Monday, 16 December 2013

Mincepies with sweet pastry

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As usual on a Monday morning I made a couple of loaves of bread and also managed to do 2 dozen mince pies without burning them this time.

I expect everyone has a recipe for mince pies but just in case you need one this is mine

Mincepies with Sweet shortcrust pastry
8oz plain flour
5oz butter
1oz caster sugar
1 egg yolk
few teaspoons very cold water

Keeping everything as cold as possible
Rub butter into flour
Stir in sugar
Mix in the egg yolk and just enough cold water so that it all binds together.
Wrap in cling film and pop in the fridge for an hour.
Roll out half at a time as thin as possible
Cut out with a big cutter should make 12ish
Gather the trimmings and roll out and cut small circles or stars for the tops.
Ease the big circles gently into a bun tin, fill with mincemeat and cover with the small circles pressing down the edges gently
Cut 2 small slits, with the point of a sharp knife in the small circle to let steam escape.
Brush the tops with a little beaten egg and then sprinkle on a pinch of castor sugar. 
Bake at about 180 in fan oven for 10 minutes. Check and turn the tin around then another 5 to 8 minutes until golden brown

This was double the mix and I used my home made mincemeat. I "tested" one and it was delicious so they have gone in the freezer for Christmas day and several days of January desserts for Him Outside.