6. Christmas bake of the week! 22/12/2013

WOW! It's the last bake of the week before Christmas and we hope you're ready for it. By jove! It's the best one (according to Laura anyway..). And yes, it's our very own recipe, seeing as the first one went down so well. So whats the bake that everyone whips out for the Christmas season? Mince pies of course! Ours are Berry Mince Pies with Orange and Cinnamon Pastry, cooorrrr.

Laura says these are her favorite mince pies ever and she'll never go back to the norm. I however, hate mince pies of any sort so obviously these wouldn't be any different to me. It's a very basic mince pie recipe with little magic twists to get your party started.

Berry Mince Pies with Orange and Cinnamon Pastry (makes 12)

225g plain flour
4 tablespoons icing sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
150g margarine
2 tablespoons orange zest
4 tablespoons cold water
200g mincemeat
1 handful of dried cranberries
1 large teaspoon raspberry jam

  • Preheat oven to gas mark 6 / 200 C
  • Sift together the flour, icing sugar and cinnamon. Mix in the butter until it resembles fine bread crumbs. Stir in the orange zest, sprinkle cold water and gather dough into a ball. 
  • Roll out dough onto a lightly floured surface to around 1/2 cm thick. Cut out 12 (7cm) wide circles, and 12 (5cm) circles.
  • In a bowl mix together the mincemeat, cranberries and raspberry jam.
  • Put the larger pastry circles in a muffin tin. Fill each circle with roughly a teaspoon of the mincemeat mixture, then place the smaller circles on top and pinch to seal. Brush with milk.
  • Bake the mince pies in the oven for 15-20mins. Cool on a wire rack, and once cool dust with icing sugar.


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