Today I share with you a British speciality, mince or mincemeat pies. These are small pies stuffed with mincemeat. Originally, this mixture contained meat hence the name, but these days the mincemeat is a kind of jam that contains dried fruit (raisins, apricots), candied peel, candied cherries, Zest of citrus, apple, almonds and spices. I made my mincemeat myself but you can buy it ready made in jars. These pies are delicious and are eaten at the end of the meal, cold or warm, sprinkled with icing sugar and accompanied with custard or double cream.
225g grated apples
110g shredded suet
500 g mixture of dry fruits
100g mixed candied fruit
50g almonds, coarsely chopped
200g dark brown sugar
Grated zest and juice of 2 oranges
Grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
2 teaspoons ground mixed spice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 / 2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon orange zest
1 tbsp Sugar
2 tsp cold water
For the Mincemeat :
Mix well all ingredients in a large bowl, then cover and leave to stand overnight.
Put into sterilized jars and leave for 2 weeks before using.
For the Dough:
Mix egg yolk with sugar, orange zest and water.
Sift flour. Add the diced butter and mix with fingertips until mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
Stir the liquid mixture to form a paste.
Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Roll the dough on a floured surface. Cut circles and using a star cookie cutter cut little stars.
Fill small tart pans with the circle dough.
Add a spoonful of the mixture of mincemeat. Cover with another circle of dough if you want.
Brush with a little milk.
Bake the tarts and stars in a preheated 200C oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
Serve with double cream or custard and sprinkle with icing sugar