Wholemeal Mince Pies

Ingredients

  • WHOLEMEAL MINCE PIE PASTRY
  • 150g Doves Farm Organic Fine Plain Wholemeal Flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 75g butter, softened
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 6-7 tbsp orange juice
  • butter, for trays
  • flour, for dusting
  • MINCE PIE FILLING AND TOPPING
  • 175g mincemeat
  • 1 egg, beaten

Method

 Wholemeal Mince Pie Pastry

  1. Pre-heat the oven.
  2. Put the flour and cinnamon into a large bowl and stir to combine
  3. Add the butter and using a pastry blender or fork, mash the butter into the flour until it resembles breadcrumbs.
  4. Stir in the caster sugar.
  5. Stir in enough orange juice to bring together a soft ball of dough.
  6. Cover and leave to rest for 15 minutes.
  7. Rub a little butter around the insides of a 12-hole tart tray.
  8. Dust the work surface with flour, put two thirds of the dough in the middle and sprinkle it with more flour.
  9. Roll out the dough to a 1.5mm/1/16” thickness.
  10. Select a pastry cutter or cup with a diameter 2cm/¾” larger than the holes of the tart tray and press it into the dough to make circles.
  11. Lift the pastry circles into the holes of the tart tray.
  12. Brush the edges of the pastry circles with water.
  13. Gather up the off cuts and add them to the reserved pastry dough.

Mince Pie Filling and Star Topping

  1. Put a teaspoon of mincemeat in the centre of each tart.
  2. Lightly dust the reserved pastry with flour and roll it out to a 1.5mm/1/16” thickness.
  3. Using a pastry cutter or cup the same diameter as the holes of the tart tray, press it into the dough to make circles.
  4. Press the small star cutter into the dough circles and remove the star shapes.
  5. Lift the dough circles onto the mincemeat tarts.
  6. Press the edges together around the circumference to seal the tarts.
  7. Beat the egg and brush a little over the pastry.
  8. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.