White Spelt Vegan Mince Pies

Ingredients

  • VEGAN MINCEMEAT
  • 75g grated apple
  • 1 orange, rind and juice
  • 50g coconut oil
  • 25g brown sugar
  • 125g mixed dried fruit and peel
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • VEGAN PASTRY
  • 150g Doves Farm Organic White Spelt Flour
  • 100g vegan baking block
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 3-6 tbsp water
  • GLAZE
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 tsp boiling water

Method

Vegan Mincemeat

  1. Peel, core and coarsely grate the apple, into a saucepan.
  2. Finely grate the orange peel into the pan, squeeze and add the orange juice.
  3. Add the oil and sugar and simmer over a gentle heat for 8-10 minutes, until the apple starts to collapse into the syrup.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the mixed dried fruit and peel and mixed spice
  5. Cover leave to cool and leave to stand for 12 hours before use. The mincemeat can be put into sterilized jars, refrigerated for up to a week or frozen until required.

Vegan Pastry

  1. Put the flour and vegan fat into a large bowl.
  2. Using a pastry blender or fork, mash the fat into the flour until it resembles breadcrumbs.
  3. Stir in the sugar.
  4. Sprinkle enough water over the flour and stir to bring together a soft ball of dough. Cover the bowl of dough and chill for 15 minutes.
  5. Rub a little oil around the insides of 2x12 hole tart trays and pre-heat the oven.
  6. Dust your work surface with flour and place the dough in the middle.
  7. Sprinkle flour over the dough and roll it out to the thickness of a £1 coin.
  8. Using a star pastry cutter larger than the holes of your tart tray, press out pastry stars.
  9. Lift the stars onto the prepared baking tray and leave to chill.
  10. Gather the pastry offcuts together and press them into a ball.
  11. Roll out the ball of off-cuts to the thickness of a £1 coin.
  12. Using the small star pastry cutter, press out small dough stars and leave these to chill.

 Filling, Topping, and Glazing

  1. To make the glaze put the sugar and boiling water into a mug, stir to combine and set aside.
  2. Divide the vegan mincemeat between the prepared tart trays of pastry stars.
  3. Place the prepared small starts onto the mincemeat.
  4. Brush a little of the prepared glaze over the top of each star using a pastry brush
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes.