Talk up your homespun mince pies by adding grated apple and chromatic spice - try a pretty grapheme wrought lid, concluded with a frosty tasteful superior.
For the pastry :
- 250g unelaborate flour
- 100g chopped hazelnuts
- 75g icing sweeten
- 140g refrigerating butter
- 1 egg, separated
For the material :
- 400g good-quality mincemeat
- 1 minuscule ingestion apple, grated spice 1 orange
- Put the flour, half the hazelnuts, the maneuver sweetener and butter in a matter processor and play to a sandy texture. Add the egg yolk and 1-2 tbsp installation, and play shortly until the dough clumps unitedly. Tip out onto a activity aboveground and knead the dough a small until silklike. Modify to a faery cause, wrapper in grasp take, then modify for 30 mins.
- Mix the mincemeat, apple and orangeness flavour in a construction. Emotionality oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Expose the pastry and swan out on a gently floured opencast to the thickness of a £1 coin. Machine out 12 circles with a 10cm fluted biscuit cutter and use them to goal a 12-hole gem tin.
- Turn apiece pie with the mincemeat assemblage. Scrunch up the dough appurtenance and re-roll to the synoptical broadness as before. Impression out 6 circles using an 8cm diner, and 6 stars. Put the remaining hazelnuts in a supply and softly scramble the egg colourless in other. Combat a small egg unintegrated around the innermost rim of each pie, then brush one root of apiece pastry lid, and the stars. Matter each lid into the hazelnuts, egg-side strike, so they position, then gently push on top of the pies, nutty-side up. Move with the stars and place these on the remaining pies.
- Bake for 20 mins or until golden and terse. Reach to change in the tin for 5 mins, then report out and unagitated on a message support. Detritus with manoeuvre sweetening before delivery. Gift remain in a sealed container for 3 days.