Monday, January 4, 2016

mince pies .


  Makes: 32

    Cooking time: 45 mins

    Skill level: Easy peasy

    Costs: Cheap as chips

  •     low calorie cooking spray
  •     227g/ 8oz plain flour
  •     a pinch of salt
  •     113g/ 4oz butter or margarine,
  •     cut into small cubes
  •     16 level tbsp mincemeat
  •     1 level tsp icing sugar, to dust


  • Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas Mark 5. Lightly spray some bun tins with low calorie cooking spray.
  •  Make the pastry. Sift the flour and salt into a mixing bowl. Add the fat and gently rub it in with your fingertips. Add sufficient cold water to mix to a ball that leaves the sides of the bowl clean. Rest in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  • Roll out the pastry thinly on a lightly floured surface. Cut out 32 rounds with a 7.5cm/3 inch fluted cutter. Use to line the prepared bun tins.
  •  Divide the mincemeat between the pastry cases. Roll out the remaining pastry trimmings and make some little stars with a star cutter. Use to decorate the tops of the tarts.
  •  Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes, until the pastry is crisp and lightly coloured. Cool on a wire rack and dust lightly with the icing sugar.

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