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Festive Mince Pies

I am feeling very festive today as I have just made a load of mince pies. This is my favourite recipe at the moment. The crumble topping makes them just delicious and they are so easy and quik to throw together. Give them a try….

EASY MINCE PIES WITH ORANGE AND CINNAMON CRUMBLE TOPPING

Makes approx.12
approx. 375g shortcrust pastry
250g good quality mincemeat
50g plain flour
4 tbsp demerara sugar
40g butter
finely grated zest of ½ orange
1 tsp ground cinnamon

you will also need 1 or 2 x 12 hole patty tins.

Pre-heat the oven to 200ºC/fan 180ºC fan oven/gas 6.

Thinly roll out the pastry and using a 7.5-9cm pastry cutter, cut out as many disks as you can, re-rolling the trimmings as you go. Press the disks into the holes of one or two 12 hole patty tins.

Spoon a couple of teaspoons of mincemeat into each pastry case and set aside.

To make the crumble topping, rub together the flour, demerara sugar, butter, orange zest and cinnamon until you have a chunky crumble mixture.  Scatter over the top of the mincemeat and place in the oven for around 15 minutes or until the mince pies are golden and the tops are crisp.

Remove from the oven and leave to cool for a few minutes before taking out of the tins. Cool on a wire rack and dust with icing sugar to serve.

PS…

For those who aren’t lovers of mincemeat, a delicious alternative is to replace it with some apple pie filling, and make as above with the crumble topping.

Pork, Stilton & Port Pies

I know you boys like your pies. These are full of flavour and can easily be made ahead and kept in the fridge, so no last-minute chaos in the kitchen.

Recipe taken from In the Mood for Entertaining, Boy’s night in.

Serves 4

1 hour, plus up to 2 hours marinating

500g pork fillet

2–3 sprigs of  thyme

150ml white port (dry sherry could be used as an alternative)

2 cloves of  garlic, crushed

40g dried cranberries

sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 onion, thinly sliced

100g chestnut mushrooms, sliced

100ml double cream

200ml chicken stock

100g Stilton cheese

500g puff pastry

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