Monday, 23 December 2013

Santa's Mince Pies

Hey Guys! Merry Christmas Eve eve... This blog post is completely different to my usual style but I know not all of you are into makeup/fashion posts so instead I've changed things up today and instead I'm doing a cookery style post. This is how to make easy Mince Pies! 

You will need:
500g of Shortcrust dough, or you can make your own
200g of mince filling
1 egg
Around 50g of flour or less
A small amount of Sugar
A rolling pin
A Teaspoon
A pastry brush
A round cutter(we didn't have one so I used a glass)
Some shape cutters of your choice(I have a Christmas tree!)
A baking tray

Firstly, the most obvious step is to wash your hands before you start baking and preheat the oven to gas mark 4 or around 180 degrees.

  • Next you need to take your flour and sprinkle it across the worktop you will be using and also onto the rolling pin then place the dough in the centre of the worktop.
  • Using the rolling pin roll your dough out making sure you do alternative ways to keep the level even. Continue to do this until your dough is around 4cm thick.
  • Then you will need to cut circle shapes out of the dough using either a cutter or in my case a glass.
  • Press the circle shaped dough into each ramekin in the baking tray. You may want to either use grease proof paper or a small amount of butter to line the inside of each ramekin to prevent it from sticking.

  • Next, add a teaspoon of the mince filling to the dough ramekin. You only want it to be around 3/4 full or it is likely to spill over the edges whilst cooking.
  • Going back to your dough, roll it out again exactly how you did before so you can do the lid for the mince pies.
  • Once rolled out, use any shape cutter of your choice(I have a Christmas tree) and cut out enough of the shapes for each mince pie to have a lid. 
Place them onto the mince pie and where the lid and base meet squeeze the dough together slightly to keep them on.

  • When each mince pie has a lid then beat the egg in any bowl or cup.
  • Using the pastry brush, do a small stroke of the egg onto the top on the lid to help them become crisp in the oven.
  • This is completely optional but you can also add a sprinkle of sugar to the top, it just sweetens the pie.
  • Then place them in the oven on the middle shelf, using oven gloves as it will be hot, and leave for around 15 minutes or until golden brown. 
  • Once cooked, take the pies out and leave them in the tray for a few minutes in case they are a little soft and may crumble at first touch.
  • Take them out the tray after a few minutes leave on a rack to cool.

These are great as small gifts if  you put them in some cute Christmas cake boxes and add some ribbon! We  put ours onto a Christmassy cake stand with some other treats and had them on the table for dinner. Remember to save one though and leave it out for Santa!!
Festive Dinner

I hope you have enjoyed this different style blog and perhaps it has inspired you to go make some Christmassy treats too. If you have enjoyed this style blog then be sure to let me know because then I will know whether to do some in the future. Also, if you do make these then leave a picture on twitter or instagram with the hashtag #UrbanChristmas and tag me in it(links below) and I'll be sure to go look!
Thanks for reading...

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Love Liv xxxx

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