I found a recipe for something like this in a little tiny book, I liked the sound of them, tried them with
1 jar shop bought mincemeat of your choice
100g dried apricots chopped
100g dried cranberries
1 dessert spoon of (I used Neilson Massey) orange blossom water
1 generous tablespoon of Calvados (maybe 2..well its Christmas!)
225g plain flour
75g ground hazelnuts
80g icing sugar
2 teaspoons mixed spice
185g chopped cold butter (unsalted)
1 free range egg yolk beaten
2 tsp iced water
Pre heat the oven to 170c fan. You will need 2 small sized 12 hole cake tins.
1. Take a jar of mincemeat and empty the contents into a bowl and then add about 100g of chopped dried apricots, 100g dried cranberries. Mix everything together and add a dessert spoon of orange water and a generous tablespoon (or two) of Calvados. Leave to absorb the liquid while you make the pastry.
2. In a food processor put the hazelnuts in and whizz until they are finely ground. Add the icing sugar, plain flour, mixed spice and pulse to mix. Add the cubed butter and pulse to mix. Then add through the spout, the beaten egg yolk combined with 2 teaspoons of water.
When the dough forms a ball take out and knead to bring it together, wrap and leave in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
3. After the pastry has rested roll it out, it can be quite sticky so keep your rolling area well floured. Cut out rounds and place in the tins to make the mince pie bases, fill each base with a teaspoon of mincemeat.
Brush the edges of the pastry bases with water then add a top, cut from the remaining pastry. Make sure the edges are sealed and bake in the oven for about 15 minutes.
4. Once cooked remove and allow to cool before dusting with icing sugar, serve warm or cold.
This will yield about 18 small mince pies. I loved this recipe, but if I made it again I would toast the hazelnuts first for even more of a nutty flavour.
This is my entry for tea time treats where the theme is...CHRISTMAS.