Mince pies for Rudolph, a dram for Father C. and a present wrapped in sugar. Hope And Love to You ALL – Hope I have forgotten nobody!
December 24, 2012 in English traditional, family favourite, pot luck, The idea of the month
Tagged cake, christmas, hope, love, mince pies, whisky, wish
Little star Mince pies
For us, there is no Christmas without mince pies! I am making mine now so they are out of the way and ready for when the French cousins arrive: they do keep very well for a few weeks plus they are handy to have if any guest drops in before Christmas !
Ingredients list :
(For the mincemeat)
Goose fat 80g
Granny smith 1 grated (with skin on)
Mix of raisins and currants 300g
Mix candied peel 80g
Dark brown sugar 125g
Grated zest and juice of 1 orange and 1 lemon
Roasted hazelnuts 2 Tbsp
Chopped walnuts 50g
Ground mixed spices 1Tbsp
Ground cinnamon 2 Tbsp
Pinch of grated nutmeg
Capful of rum
Mix all the ingredients together in a plastic container and leave at room temperature for a few days. All the spices and fruit flavour need to mingle and blossom.
Prepare some puff pastry or short-crust one – enough for about 12 small pies and their star shaped lids. I make my own short-crust with almond powder and goose fat – on top of the usual ingredients and it is extra crumbly.
Cut circles and stars with cut-out shapes and place them in a mince pie or muffin tray. Carefully fill each disk with a small spoonful of mince, put the star on top and brush with an egg yolk.
Put in the oven for 30 min. at 170° : Serve warm with brandy butter.
This recipe was inspired by one from Ottolenghi – but I’ve replaced his suet with goose fat because it is healthier and more appropriate for the season!