Plant-Based Mince Pies

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Plant-based mince pie recipes were unheard of a few years ago, along with many plant-based sweet treats. But now there are thousands of incredible dairy free cake recipes as well as pies and pastries. If you're looking for plant-based Christmas food, it goes without saying these plant-based minced pies need to be on your 'to do list'.

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For the mince pie filling

<item-todo-done>4 tbsp maple syrup<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>50g currants<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>50g flame Raisins<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>50g sultanas<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>50g dried blueberries<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>1 apple<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>60g plant-based shortening (aka Trex)<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>50g muscovado sugar<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>50g pecans<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>½ tsp cinnamon<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>½ tsp mixed spice<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>1 clementine - zest & juice<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>1 large lemon - zest & juice<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>½ tsp vanilla bean paste<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>75ml rum<item-todo-done><item-todo-done> Pinch of salt<item-todo-done>

For the pie

<item-todo-done> plain flour to dust<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>2 x 500g block of plant-based shortcrust pastry<item-todo-done>

For the glaze

<item-todo-done>3 tbsp maple syrup<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>2 clementines - zest only<item-todo-done>

Before you start

Preheat oven to 180°C | Baking tray | Muffin tin | Large cookie cutter | Small cookie cutter | Small mixing bowl

Prepare the mincemeat ingredients** **

  • Peel, core and cut the apple into 1cm chunks
  • Roughly chop the pecans
  • Zest and juice the clementine and the lemon

Make the mincemeat

  • Put the pecans on a baking tray and roast for 5 minutes
  • Put the currants, raisins, sultanas, blueberries, apple, shortening, maple syrup, muscovado sugar and pecans in a pan
  • Put the pan on the stove over a medium heat and stir for 5-7 minutes
  • Add the cinnamon, mixed spice, clementine zest, lemon zest and stir for 2 minutes
  • Add the clementine juice, lemon juice, vanilla bean paste, salt and rum to the pan and stir to combine
  • Reduce the heat and leave the mincemeat to simmer for 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent catching
  • Take the pan off the heat and allow the mincemeat to cool to room temperature
  • It will thicken and change texture as it cools

Prepare the pastry

  • Flour a clean surface
  • Put the pastry block on the work surface and roll it out so the pastry is ½ cm thick
  • Cut 12 larger circles out of the rolled pastry and push the pastry circles into the greased muffin tin holes. Re roll the pastry as needed
  • Roll the second pastry block and cut 12 more circles, this time with a smaller fluted cutter. These will be the lids

Build the mince pies

  • Fill each pastry-lined muffin tin hole with the mincemeat
  • Top with a pastry lid and gently press the edges
  • Use a knife to make a cross in the middle of the pies to let the steam out
  • Bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes or until golden

Make the glaze** **

  • Mix the maple syrup and clementine zest together in a bowl
  • When the pies are hot out of the oven, glaze them with the maple and clementine for a final flavour punch and a nice shine
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