Supporting the Homeless with Mince Pies

These almond frangipane mince pies were a real treat. Delightfully festive, with a twist on a traditional favourite, they taste great with a glass of mulled wine (or mulled wine tea).

However, what makes them extra- special is that the ingredients were supplied by vegan bakery Poster Bakes, in partnership with homelessness charity The Connection at St Martin’s. Proceeds from each £12 box sold helps feed people sleeping on London’s streets this Christmas. So it was a lovely way to help out those who need it.

The kit contained everything I needed to make these delicious festive treats. They are vegan-friendly and can fit straight through your letterbox. One of my favourite things to do each Christmas is a bit of festive baking. These filled the house with Christmassy aromas- instant Christmas feels!

Merry Christmas!

Very Easy Mince Pies Recipe

Hope you’ve all been enjoying a wonderful Christmas time! I certainly have and one of the things I’ve been doing is taking the opportunity to bake some festive treats. I love mince pies and especially enjoy making my own.

If you have some mincemeat left over, or fancy extending the Christmas festivities (after all, Christmas doesn’t officially end until January 6th), then you might like to give this recipe a try. It was given to me by a colleague, who got it from the BBC Good Food website. I guarantee it makes gorgeous mince pies.

Ingredients

225g cold butter, diced

350g plain flour

1 sugar

100g golden caster sugar

280g mincemeat

1 small egg

Icing sugar, to dust

Method

1. To make the pastry, rub 225g cold, diced butter into 350g plain flour, then mix in 100g golden caster sugar and a pinch of salt.

2. Combine the pastry into a ball – don’t add liquid – and knead it briefly. The dough will be fairly firm, like shortbread dough. You can use the dough immediately, or chill for later.

3. Preheat the oven to 200C/gas 6/fan 180C. Line 18 holes of two 12-hole patty tins, by pressing small walnut-sized balls of pastry into each hole (a few of these I rolled out). Make sure the holes are greased with butter beforehand.

4. Spoon 280g mincemeat into the pies.

5. Take slightly smaller balls of pastry than before and pat them out between your hands to make round lids, big enough to cover the pies (again, some of these I rolled out).

6. Top the pies with their lids, pressing the edges gently together to seal – you don’t need to seal them with milk or egg as they will stick on their own. (The pies may now be frozen for up to 1 month).

7. Beat 1 small egg and brush the tops of the pies. Bake for 20 mins until golden. Leave to cool in the tin for 5 mins, then remove to a wire rack.

8. To serve, lightly dust with icing sugar. They will keep for 3 to 4 days in an airtight container.

Recipe courtesy of BBC Good Food.

Tastes great with mulled wine!