Festive Mince Pies
After a couple of years of trial and error, I have perfected my mince pies. I used to buy them but decided a few years ago that I should show willing during the festive season and make my own.
Mothers always know little secrets in baking that make everything much nicer. My mother introduced me to a special ingredient for sweet pastry and it's custard powder. What a difference this made to my new found love of baking my own mince pies.
Firstly, in terms of the filling, I simply buy Marks and Spencers Luxury Mincemeat. So all the work is in the pastry:
2 cups plain flour
2 tbsp custard powder
1/3 cup castor sugar
185g chopped chilled butter
1 egg yolk
1-2 tbsp chilled water
1 egg white (for sealing and brushing)
Place flour, custard powder, sugar and chopped butter in a food processor and process until resembling breadcrumbs. Add egg yolk and water and then bring mixture together with hands. Wrap in cling film and chill for one hour.
Preheat oven at 180 degrees and grease tin.
Roll out pastry to thickness of £1 coin and cut your circles to fit your mince pie tray.
Once you have placed the filling in and put your pastry lids on, brush lightly with milk/egg white and make a slit in each. Chill for 30 mins before baking in the oven for 20-25 minutes.
This mixture made me 16 mince pies.
Absolutely delicious!! I wonder how many batches of these I will need between now and Christmas Day....