Brandy Mince Pies

The most scrumptious and easy to make pies for the silly season!

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This recipe does cheat a bit with the fruit mince. I add two teaspoons of cinnamon and 125ml of brandy to a 500g jar of fruit mince, mix it through and then leave in the fridge over night. You can use it straight away, but i find the brandy and cinnamon flavours are better once they have soaked into the mince.

Preheat the oven to 180°C and grease two party pan tins. Now I make my pastry from scratch but you can also buy shortcrust pastry. For the pastry you will need:

– 125gram unsalted butter

– 2 cups of plain flour

– 2 teaspoons of icing sugar

– a few tablespoons of water

Put the butter and flour into a food processor and blitz until well combined. Replace the blade with a dough blade ( or you can just mix in the ingredients with a spoon) add the icing sugar, mix until combined. Then add water slowly until the dough just stays together in ball. Place the dough in the fridge wrapped in glad wrap for 20-30mins, this will help to prevent the dough from shrinking during the cooking process.

Once out of the fridge, roll the dough out onto a floured surface to a few mm thick (this varies depending how you thick you like your pastry). Cut out circle to cover the bottoms of your party pans, fill with a teaspoon of brandy mince, then cover with a pastry shape of your choice! I love to do my pies with stars. Once all your pans are filled place in the oven for 15-20mins until they start to look golden brown. Remove the Brandy Mince Pies once they have cooled, dust with icing sugar and they are ready to serve!!

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