Mince pies

November 26, 2011

Saturday afternoons when City are away have now become my regular time for baking. It seems to take the edge of the tension of waiting for us to hang on/ concede another  away late equaliser. Today’s task has been mince pies. You might feel why bother making something like mince pies when when every shop shelf  is bowing under the sheer weight of them  – but if you see me on a Saturday afternoon walking around a supermarket choosing between Finest or Duchy originals, you have permission to shoot me.  I have to confess I didn’t get round to making the  mincemeat – maybe next week.

When it comes to mince pies I hold with the shorter, the richer, the better. This pastry is basically 3-2-1 parts of flour, butter, sugar. So 300g of plain flour, 200g butter, 100g of flour will make a good dozen pies. Whizz it in a processor with an egg and maybe two tablespoons of water and you’ll get a nice sticky dough ball (you could add a little ground almonds if you like).  Break off a piece about the size of a golf ball and on a floured surface press into a circle, leaving it fairly thick – maybe 3mm – and then line a little paper cake case, gently pushing it down. Fill with about two teaspoons of mincement, then press out a pastry lid in the same manner  and lightly crimp the edges to make a seal.  Bake for around 15 mins (I put them in a muffin tin)  at gas 6, keeping a close eye on them.

Dust with sugar if you want.

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