This is a gluten-free, dairy-free AND refined sugar-free recipe. All Mila’s Meals recipes are.
Christmas brings out my inner child so I absolutely had to make a gluten-free mince pie recipe because what would Christmas be without mince pies? This recipe is also dairy-free AND refined sugar-free!
This is a great recipe to make with the kids – I am sure the time your spend in the kitchen with them will become a strong Christmas memory for them.
Key: gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free, grain-free, nut-free
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.
Gluten-Free Mince Pie Recipe
- 3 cups cassava flour
- 150 g ghee
- 2 tsp guar gum
- 1 vanilla pod seeds scraped
- 1/4 – 1/2 cup xylitol depending how sweet you want it
- 6 egg yolks
- 7 tbsp water
- 1 egg whisked, for pastry brushing
- 4 tbsp xylitol ground, for dusting
- 1 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup sour cherries chopped
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 1 cup dried apricots chopped
- 1 banana mashed
- 1 apple peeled and finely grated
- 2 lemons zest only
- 1 orange zest and juice
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp allspice
- 1 tsp cinnamon powder
- 2 tbsp raw honey
- The filling needs to be made the day ahead to allow the flavours to develop.
- Its really very simple – add all the ingredients into a bowl, mix well, place in a sealed container in the fridge overnight
- Place the cassava flour, ghee, guar gum, vanilla seeds and xylitol in a food processor and blend until you have a bread crumb-like texture. Transfer this to a mixing bowl.
- Stir in the egg yolks and then work the dough with your hands to bring it together.
- Add 1 tablespoon of water at a time, working it into the dough until it holds together. You may not need all 7 tablespoons.
- Cover the dough and leave to chill in the fridge for half an hour.
- Preheat the oven to 180°C.
- Grease your muffin tray.
- Remove the dough from the fridge and roll out between two sheets of baking paper.
- Using a pie / cookie cutter, cut out 12 large circles and 12 stars.
- Place a pastry circle in each of the muffin cups, pushing them in with your fingers.
- Fill the pastry cups with mince meat.
- Place a pastry star on top and brush this pastry with the whisked egg.
- Bake for 25 minutes, until golden.
- Allow the mince pies to cool in the muffin tray before removing.
- Dust with ground xylitol, and enjoy!
Do you wonder why they are called Mince Pies when there is no mince? Or are your children asking you why?
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.
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