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Mince Pie

Mince Pie

This is a very popular British dessert served around Christmastime. It's a small pie brimming with raisins and other dried fruits (I learned it from the British Embassy in Japan).

Ingredients

Mincemeat:
Raisins
120 g
Sultanas
120 g
Currants
100 g
Dried cranberries
50 g
Butter
50 g
Soft light brown sugar
120 g
Apple
1
Lemon
1
Brandy
45 ml
Cinnamon
1 teaspoon
Nutmeg
to taste
Clove
to taste
Pie Crust:
Cake flour
225 g
Powdered sugar
15 g
Butter
100 g
Egg yolk
1
Cold water
4 tablespoons
Finishing Touches:
Egg yolk
1
Milk
1 tablespoon
Powdered sugar
as needed

Steps

1. Finely chop the dried cranberries and apple.
2. Melt the butter. Juice the lemon and grate the peel.
3. Combine all of the mincemeat ingredients in a bowl.
4. In a separate bowl, add the flour, powdered sugar, and butter diced into 2 cm cubes. Combine well until it becomes smooth and powdery.
5. Add the egg and cold water to Step 4.
6. Gather the dough in a ball and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
7. Roll the dough 4mm thick. Cut out 7cm circles to use as the bottom crust for the pies, and cut out star shapes for the top crust.
8. Line tart molds with the circular crust pieces and fill with the mincemeat. Cover with the star-shaped crust.
9. Brush on an egg wash made of egg yolk and milk. Bake for 15-20 minutes at 180°C.
10. Once they cool, dust with powdered sugar to finish.

Story Behind this Recipe

I was inspired by a campaign at the British Embassy in Japan for people to enjoy British cuisine firsthand.