Mince Pie Recipe
(gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, grain-free, nut-free)
What would Christmas be without mince pies?
Makes: 12 mince pies.
If you have mincemeat leftover you can keep in the fridge for up to a week for a fresh batch of mince pies later, or stir it into your homemade Vanilla Ice Cream before freezing for a delicious Christmas dessert.
(A recipe for Dairy-free Vanilla Ice Cream can be found in my book. Alternatively use this recipe and omit the chai tea.)
FOR THE PASTRY:
FOR THE FILLING:
*Preservative- and sugar-free. If your little one is still very young, you may want to chop all the dried fruit in a food processor.
Mila’s Meals Mince Pies – YUM!
According to Wikipedia “The ingredients for the modern mince pie can be traced to the return of European crusaders from the Holy Land. Middle Eastern methods of cooking, which sometimes combined meats, fruits and spices, were popular at the time.”
When they originated in the 13th century they were filled with mincemeat – mixed with alcohol, fruits and spices to help preserve them.
Before you take your fist bite – according to tradition, you must make a wish when eating your first mince pie of the season.
Best you get baking because ‘they’ also say that if you eat a mince pie for the 12 days of Christmas (from Christmas day to the 5th January) you will have happiness for the next 12 months.