Equipment Needed: Oven, Cook Hob, Food Processor
Time Needed: several days
✓ Gluten Free
٭ Dairy Free Option
٭ Egg Free Option
✓ Nut Free
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without mince pies at least for British families! In the olden days mincemeat used to contain chopped meat – that’s why some recipes still contain suet – a type of beef fat, but that isn’t necessary.
175 ml strong (alcoholic) cider
125 g dark soft brown sugar
500 g tart cooking apples peeled, cored and diced
250 g mixed dried fruit dark raisins, currants and sultanas
50 g mixed peel chopped small
½ tsp mixed spice pumpkin spice
fresh nutmeg grated
zest of ½ orange grated
zest of ½ lemon grated
2 tbsp brandy
Short Crust Pastry Ingredients
200 grams gluten free flour blend
100 grams unsalted butter
1 egg beaten
15 ml iced water
Use nutelex or similar for dairy free crust.
Egg free – use 1 tbsp ground flax mixed with 3 tbsp warm water and let sit for a few minutes to form a gel to replace the egg.
Xanthan gum is optional.
If you are concerned about your crust holding together as you roll and shape it, add 1/2 teaspoon to the flour before mixing in butter.
Bien Cuit Gluten Free Flour Blend
200g millet flour
200g sweet white sorghum flour
200g potato starch (NOT flour)
200g tapioca starch or flour
Whisk all together and store in an airtight container.
Servings enough for approximately 12-18 mince pies. Preparation time about 90 minutes
Short Crust Pastry Instructions: