It’s not quite a jam and not quite a chutney, but there’s something about a good mince pie filling that gets us in a baking frenzy this time of year. We have a recipe for an incredibly easy mince pies with a surprise under the crust for anyone tempted to have a nibble.
What you’ll need:
220g cold butter diced
350g plain flour
100g caster sugar
Your favourite jam
Get your pastry sorted first by combining the butter, flour, sugar and a little pinch of salt in a bowl.
Make it in to a ball and give it a quick knead until it feels like shortbread dough.
Preheat the oven to 180°C.
Get two baking trays and line the holes with pastry balls (there should be enough for 20).
When you press them all in to shape, spoon in the mincemeat.
Grab your favourite jam and spoon a little on top of each pastry.
Brake the pastry in to smaller balls and flatten in to lids and place on top.
Get you egg and beat it up.
Brush the top of each pie.
Bake for 20 minutes (until the tops are golden brown).
Leave to cool in the tray for 10 minutes before lifting out on to a wire rack.
If you want to you can sprinkle the pies with some icing sugar. The jam should have settled down in with the mincemeat to give a nice flavour burst to each bite. If you put the pies in a tin they should keep for 4-5 days.