Orange, cranberry & almond mince pies

Orange, cranberry & almond mince pies

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 20 mins Plus chilling

Easy

Makes 24
Stirring zingy cranberries into bought mincemeat and making your own simple almond pastry really brings these mince pies to life

Nutrition and extra info

  • Can be frozen without the cream

Nutrition:

  • kcal249
  • fat14g
  • saturates7g
  • carbs29g
  • sugars17g
  • fibre1g
  • protein3g
  • salt0.15g
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Ingredients

  • 200g very cold butter, cubed
    Butter

    Butter

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    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 400g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 100g ground almonds
    Almond

    Almond

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    Sweet almonds have a subtle fragrance that lends itself well to baking and also works well with…

  • 100g golden caster sugar
  • zest 2 oranges
    Orange

    Orange

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    One of the best-known citrus fruits, oranges aren't necessarily orange - some varieties are…

  • 2 tbsp milk (or use orange juice)

    Milk

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    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

  • 100g frozen cranberries
    Cranberries

    Cranberry

    A tart, ruby-red coloured berry which grows wild on shrubs throughout northern Europe and North…

  • 400g jar good-quality mincemeat
    Deep-filled mince pie cut up

    Mincemeat

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    It's a classic ingredient at Christmas in small covered tarts, but mincemeat can be…

  • handful flaked almonds
    Almond

    Almond

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    Sweet almonds have a subtle fragrance that lends itself well to baking and also works well with…

  • 2 tsp icing sugar, plus dusting
  • 200ml tub crème fraîche

Method

  1. Whizz the butter, flour and ground almonds in a food processor until the butter has disappeared. Pulse in the sugar and half the orange zest. Add the milk and keep whizzing until a rough dough comes together. Tip onto the work surface, press together and shape into a smooth disc, kneading once or twice if you need to. Chill for 15 mins. Can be made up to 3 days ahead and chilled, or frozen for up to 1 month.

  2. Scatter a little flour onto the work surface. Roll out the dough to about the thickness of a £1 coin. Using an 8cm cutter, stamp out 24 circles and use to line the holes of 2 x 12-hole bun tins.

  3. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Mix cranberries and mincemeat, then spoon into cases. Scatter each pie with flaked almonds. Can be frozen for up to 1 month. Bake the pies for 18-20 mins until the pastry and almonds are golden. When ready to serve, dust with the tiniest bit of icing sugar. Stir 2 tsp icing sugar and remaining zest into the crème fraîche, then dollop onto each pie to serve.

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nikkimans
18th Dec, 2009
5.05
Gorgeous tasting mince pies - quite the best I have ever made!
heathen666
14th Dec, 2009
1.05
Pastry was too crumbley to roll out, not a great success..
ginamiller
1st Dec, 2009
5.05
Delicious!!

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