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Mince Pies
What You Need:
  • 8 teaspoons butter, softened
  • Short - Crust Pastry
  • cups mincemeat

  • How To Cook:
    1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. With a pastry brush, coat the bottom and sides of eight 2½-inch tart tins with the softened butter, allowing 1 teaspoon of butter for each tin. (These mince pies are most successful baked in specialized tart tins, available in well-stocked house wares stores; check the size by measuring the diameter of the bottom, not the top).

    2. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the pastry into a circle about 1/8 inch thick. With a cookie cutter or the rim of a glass, cut sixteen 3½-inch rounds of pastry. Gently press 8 of the rounds, 1 at a time, into the tart tins.

    3. Then spoon about 3 tablespoons of mincemeat into each pastry shell. With a pastry brush dipped in cold water, lightly moisten the outside edges of the pastry shells and carefully fit the remaining 8 rounds over them.

    4. Crimp the edges of the pastry together with your fingers or press them with the tines of a fork. Trim the excess pastry from around the rims with a sharp knife, and cut two ½-inch long parallel slits about ¼ inch apart in the top of each of the pies.

    5. Arrange the pies on a large baking sheet, and bake them in the middle of the oven for 10 minutes. Reduce the heat to 350°F and bake for 20 minutes longer, or until the crust is golden brown.

    6. Run the blade of a knife around the inside edges of the pies to loosen them slightly, and set them aside to cool in the pans. Then turn out the pies with a narrow spatula and serve.

        "Mince pies" are traditional Christmas fare, often served with whipped cream, Cumberland rum butter or brandy butter.
    To Make: eight 2½-inch pies
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    Cuisine » Europe » England
    Main Ingredient » Meat & Poultry » Beef
    Main Ingredient » Fruits » Apple
    Main Ingredient » Berry » Currant
    Dish » Pie & Tart
    Season / Occasion » Christmas


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