Christmas break is always a time to have fun. It is the time when we get together with our friends in UK, extended families..catching up with the times missed as a family, getting up late, movies, cooking, baking and loads of chattering and laughter. Yes, that is what is happening at Isingcakes home!! I have a bunch of teenagers breaking into laughter in the middle of the night, volleyball in a bedroom, storming down the stairs to catch each other ..reminds me of all the fun I had as a kid:)
Last day, I asked them to make me something nice for Christmas. Mince pie was decided and the ingredients shopped. They checked Joy of Baking’s recipe for homemade mince meat. They have done a good job indeed following each and every step. Here is the recipe from Joy of Baking, with a few tweaks in ingredients and use of apple juice more in quantity instead of rum and cognac. For the original recipe check here.
4 tablespoons (55 grams) butter
1.5 cup (240 ml) unsweetened apple juice
2 large apples, peeled, cored, and grated
1/2 cup each of dark raisins , golden raisins, dried currants, dried cranberries, dried figs, chopped
3/4 cup (120 grams) candied mixed peel
Zest and juice of one orange
2/3 cup (140 grams) packed dark brown sugar
3 tsp mixed spices
1/4 teaspoon salt
Mix all the ingredients and cook together on a low flame for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. The liquid starts evaporating. Cool and let it sit overnight. Till then let the wafts make you think about the amazing pies you will have the next day!
For the pastry they followed the same website:
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon granulated white sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, chilled, and cut into pieces
The original recipe asks for cold water, but here, the pastry was held together quite well. This was refrigerated for 20 mins. The dough was then rolled and cut into small circles with cookie cutter. This was then placed in cupcake tray. A teaspoon of mincemeat was placed in each of these cut pastry placed in the tray. A star shaped pastry was placed on top to cover these pies.
This was then baked in a preheated oven at 180 degrees for 20 mins. I just loved peeping through the oven glass door to see the berry mix bubbling in the hot temperature!! I felt absolutely like a child waiting for the pies to come out of the oven!
A quick dust of icing sugar and these mincepies well gobbled away in no time!!! Very proud of my teenage team at home!!