Mince Pies

Cooking time: see stage 5
Preparation time: mincemeat 35-40 mins., mince pies depending upon dough used
Main cooking utensils: deep pay pans, cookie cutters

For 8-12 servings you will need:
For 2½ lb. mincemeat:

1 apple
scant cup shredded suet
½ cup brown sugar
finely grated rind of 1 lemon
juice of 1 lemon
generous 3 cups mixed dried fruit
scant cup chopped candied peel
scant cup blanched almonds
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon mixed spice
½ teaspoon grated nutmeg
4 tablespoons rum, brandy, or whiskey

Pastry:
Basic pie dough made with 2 cups all-purpose flour, etc., or puff paste made with 2 cups all-purpose flour, etc.

  1. Peel the apple, grate coarsely, the mix with the other ingredients. Put into clean jars, seal down.
  2. Roll out dough, cut rounds to fit into deep patty pans.
  3. Put in mincemeat.
  4. Cover with smaller round of pastry, brush edges with water, seal together. Make a slit in the top of each to allow the steam to escape.
  5. Bake as follows, basic pie dough – approximately 20 minutes in the center of a 425-450°F. oven. Puff paste – 20 minutes in center of 450-475°F. oven, reducing heat slightly after 10 minutes if necessary.

TO SERVE: Hot or cold. They may be dusted with granulated or sifted confectioners’ sugar.

TO VARY: Mix mincemeat with fruit juice instead of rum, but the mincemeat will not keep so well.


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