We don’t know about you, but here at the Good Eating Company, we start dreaming about mince pies as soon as the first frost hits. Considered one of the best parts about the festive season, mince pies can be traced back to the 13th century. By now, you’d think we had perfect the recipe…and you’re not far wrong.
We’ve chosen to be a bit more nice than naughty this year with our mince pie recipe, opting for a healthier version without compromising on flavour. We are crafting delectable mince pies using a fool-proof recipe and, since it is the season of giving, here it is – from our kitchen, to yours.
Ingredients: (makes 24)
For the crust:
400g of ground almonds
6 tbsp rapeseed oil
4 tbsp water
20 standard dates soaked in water and drained (400g)
For the mince:
50g fresh cranberries
2 apples (chopped)
1 tsp vanilla essence
100g dried cranberries
The juice of 6 clementines
1 tbsp rapeseed oil
1 tsp of cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
5g freshly grated ginger
To make the mince:
1. To make the mince, place the cranberries into a saucepan and squeeze the juice over 4 of the 6 clementines. Simmer on a medium heat until they have softened.
2. Then add all the other mince ingredient into a pan and leave to simmer for a further 30 minutes, until the apples are soft.
To make the crust:
1. Put all the crust ingredients together in a food processor until everything has mixed together and the dates are completely broken down.
2. Sprinkle flour over a surface and roll the pastry out so it is around half a cm thick.
3. Heat the oven to 180C.
4. Grease muffin tins with oil and then mould the pastry into the individual tins. Cut the remaining mixture into shapes e.g. stars, to put over the top of the pies.
5. Place in the oven for 8 minutes, until they start to turn golden brown. Remove and leave to cool.
6. Once the mince has cooked, add two heaped teaspoons of mince into each pie before placing a star over the top of the mince so that it sits on the top of the pie.
7. Bake for a further 8 minutes. Remove and leave to cool.
For a sweeter taste and more festive feel, sieve some icing sugar over the mince pies to finish.
And there you have it! The perfect healthy(ish) mince pie, baked to perfection! How you serve it is entirely up to you. If you’re feeling naughty, go for some vanilla ice cream, clotted cream or some good, old-fashioned custard. We won’t tell Santa!