Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Chrimbo Baking Bonanza: Part 2 Mince Pies

So as you may know, yesterday was all about baking for me and I thoroughly enjoyed cooking a Traditional Christmas Fruit Cake, as well as Mince Pies.

Like many things which we attempt to Paleo-fy, these mince pies are a substitute for the real thing, but of course are difficult to match as they don't contain all the sugar required to make them so tempting. In saying that, these are nice as a reminiscent replacement for a Christmas staple.

(Fills 12 pies)
1/2 cup of sweet apple, diced
1/4 cup of shredded suet
3/4 cup of dried mixed fruit (sultanas, currants, raisins)
Zest & Juice of 1 Lemon
Zest & Juice of 1 Orange
1tsp mixed spice
1/4 tsp cinnamon
A few grates of nutmeg
3 tbsp honey
1tbsp brandy (optional)

1. Mix everything together in a oven proof dish, leave in a cool place for 24hrs,
2. Place in a preheated 120C oven for 1 hour, covered loosely.
3. Stir occasionally as it cools.

(Makes 12 pies)
2 cups ground almonds
2 egg whites
Pinch of salt
Pinch of cinnamon

1. Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix until it begins to come together.
2. Mix with hands and form a ball.
3. Place on a board lined with parchment paper and covered with more paper. This is essential as the mixture is very sticky.
4. Roll with a pin until it is about 1/2 cm thick. Cut disks out with a cutter and place gently in cupcake papers. (Do not skip this stage, otherwise you wont get them out of the tin)
5. Top the "pastry" with the mincemeat and stars for lids and brush with beaten egg. You can also just add almonds as a topper.
6. Bake in a 160C oven for 15 minutes, checking at 10 minutes to prevent burning.