Christmas is coming, so what better time to make mince pies? A little secret; I don’t actually like mince pies… I don’t know what it is, but I’m just not a fan of the taste. I love the look, and the smell when they are baking in to oven, and I usually love all things Christmas-y but the well loved mince pie just doesn’t do it for me. However, my parents do like them so I had a go, but also sneaked a cheeky nutella and peanut butter pie in for me.
For the Pate Sucrée (Sweet Pastry)
100g Soft Margarine
150g Plain Flour
1 egg yolk
2 tbs caster sugar
- Rub the margarine into the flour with fingertips. Whilst rubbing in, lift it so it becomes aerated. When it becomes like breadcrumbs, stop.
- Add the sugar and mix
- Add the egg yolk and stir with a knife, it looks like it won’t come together but it will!
- Make an almost kneading motion with your hand to bring the breadcrumbs together
- Wrap the dough in cling film and refrigerate
That’s the basic recipe; once done roll out, cut with cutters and place in a well oiled small pie tin. Fill with whatever filling takes your fancy, whether it be mince meat or Nutella! Put the lids over the filling, seal and coat with an egg wash.
Had a small disaster with a nutella pot whilst making these, dropped a half used large glass pot of nutella onto stone floor. Didn’t end well and more nutella is needed….