Recipe for Christmas Mince Pies
Everyone has there own favourtie Mince Pie casing. Here in Turkey you can squares of puff pastry which can be used or you can even use the Borek Sheets and spread one with Mincemeat and roll up and bake to make a nice filo/Mince Pie type treat.
But Christmas for me is tradition and for me nothing beats a sweet shortcrust pastry with lots of delicious home-made Mince Pie filling.
Sweet Shortcrust Pastry Recipe
8oz Plain Flour
1 ½ oz Butter
1 oz White Sugar
¼ pint Milk
Put your flour in a bowl and rub in the butter until it resembles find breadcrumbs and then stir in your sugar.
Boil your milk and add to the flour mix and knead until smooth. Roll out and use immediately.
(This is a recipe I learned from Mrs Beaton and has never failed me yet!)
Use a pie tin either 12 or 6 holes. Lightly grease using butter.
Set your oven to preheat at 200C/400F/Gas 6.
To Make your Christmas Mince Pies
Roll out your pastry till its fairly thin and then cut out 12 or 6 large circles to fit your pie tray. Place these inside the pie tray holes and add about a teaspoon or Mincemeat.
Roll out your pastry again if needed and then cut out 12 smaller circles or you can cut out star shapes if you prefer and use these as lids placing them over the top of your mincemeat.
If you don’t have a pastry cutter try using different sizes of glasses as cutters.
If you are totally covering your pies remember to cut a little slit in the top. Then brush with Milk and place in the oven bake them for around 20 minutes or until golden.
Take out the oven and cool on a cooling rack and then either dust with Icing Sugar or Castor Sugar.
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