Recipe: MINCE PIES

MINCE PIES

We briefly borrowed a kitchen at the Sony studios and cooked some festive treats with Will Young. We had a go at warming up some mulled cider and baking our very own mince pies with a twist. Easy, cheap, homemade mince pies perfect for family and friends.

Ingredients

For The Mince Pies

  • 8 slices white bread
  • 1 knob butter
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • 1/2 jar your favourite mincemeat
  • 100 g ready-made marzipan

For The Mulled Cider

  • 2 l dry cider
  • 1 orange
  • 1 knob fresh ginger
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
  • 6 cloves
  • 200 g brown sugar
  • 1 shot spiced rum per serving glass
heat up the cider

Step 1

HEAT UP THE CIDER

Pour all of the cider into a large pan and put onto the heat to warm through gently to about the temperature of a hot bath. Do not let it boil.

add the spices

Step 2

ADD THE SPICES

Add all the spices along with the peel of the orange (cut off with a knife into about 6 pieces) and the ginger (roughly slice with skin still on). Dump in the sugar and stir.

preheat the oven

Step 3

PREHEAT THE OVEN

Preheat the oven to 220°C.

cut out circles of bread

Step 4

CUT OUT CIRCLES OF BREAD

Melt the butter in a microwave or small pan and add the pinch of ground cinnamon. Cut out 6 large circles of bread using a cutter that is larger than your mince pie tins, avoiding the crusts.

fill the bread

Step 5

FILL THE BREAD

Brush each slice of bread generously with the cinnamon butter then push each slice down into the mince pie tins, butter side down. Spoon a tsp of the mincemeat into each breadline hole.

add the marzipan

Step 6

ADD THE MARZIPAN

Roll some marzipan into the size of a small marble and poke into the mincemeat.

top with the lids

Step 7

TOP WITH THE LIDS

Cut out 6 more circles of bread, much smaller, to act as lids. Position these on top of each mince pie and smother in the cinnamon butter.

bake the mince pies

Step 8

BAKE THE MINCE PIES

Bake the pies in the hot oven for 10 minutes, when they will be golden and crisp.

serve warm!

Step 9

SERVE WARM!

Serve warm, sprinkled with icing sugar and glass of the mulled cider which is best ladled into a glass and served with a shot of spiced rum. Serves 6

Comments

erinharle

This is warm and spicy, perfect for the holiday season.

kimsmithhappy

Ok, So I'm going to let you in on a little secret... My secret recipe for Hot Apple Cider that I use every year around this time. I don't drink alcohol- so I'm always on the lookout for fun drinks to make, that feel fancy. This is what I make when everyone is having Mulled Wine. (You can add Brandy if you like something 'adult').

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We briefly borrowed a kitchen at the Sony studios and cooked some festive treats with Will Young. We had a go at warming up some mulled cider and baking our very own mince pies with a twist. Easy, cheap, homemade mince pies perfect for family and friends.

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