Recipe

Mince pies

  • 1 hr cooking
  • Makes 12 Item
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Ingredients

Mince pies
  • 90 gram cold butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup (150g) plain (all-purpose) flour
  • 1 tablespoon icing (confectioners') sugar
  • 1 tablespoon custard powder
  • 1 tablespoon iced water, approximately
  • 1 cup fruit mix
  • 1 teaspoon lemon rind, finely grated
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tablespoon white (granulated) sugar
Fruit mix
  • 2 1/3 cup (375g) sultanas
  • 2 cup (320g) dried currants
  • 2 1/3 cup (375g) raisins, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup (150g) dried dates, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup (140g) seeded prunes, finely chopped
  • 1 cup (200g) dried figs, finely chopped
  • 2 (400g) large apples
  • 1/4 cup (90g) golden syrup or treacle
  • 2 1/4 cup (500g) firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 cup (500ml) brandy
  • 2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Method

Mince pies
  • 1
    Make fruit mix. You will need 1 cup for this recipe. fruit mix Place fruit in large bowl. Peel and coarsely grate apples. Add apple to bowl with remaining ingredients, mix well. Cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap. Store in a cool, dark place for a month (or longer, if desired) before using. Stir mixture every two or three days.
  • 2
    Grease 12-hole (2 tablespoon/40ml) round-based patty pan.
  • 3
    Chop butter; separate egg.
  • 4
    Process flour, icing sugar, custard powder and butter until crumbly. Add egg yolk and enough of the water to make ingredients come together. Knead dough on lightly floured surface until smooth. Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate 30 minutes.
  • 5
    Preheat oven to 200°C (180°C fan forced).
  • 6
    Roll two-thirds of pastry between sheets of baking paper until 3mm ⅛-inch) thick. Cut 12 x 7.5cm (3-inch) rounds from pastry. Re-roll pastry scraps if necessary to make 12 rounds. Press rounds into tray, reserve pastry scraps.
  • 7
    Combine fruit mix and rind in medium bowl. Drop level tablespoons of mixture into pastry cases.
  • 8
    Roll reserved pastry until 3mm (⅛-inch) thick. Cut out 12 x 4.5cm (1¾-inch) stars with a cutter. Place stars on pies; brush with egg white, sprinkle with white sugar.
  • 9
    Bake pies about 20 minutes or until browned lightly. Stand pies in pan 5 minutes before transferring to wire rack to cool.

Notes

The fruit mix is enough to make a pudding, a cake and a dozen mince pies.

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