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VEGAN MINCE PIES

VEGAN MINCE PIES
VEGAN MINCE PIES

Vegan mince pie recipes were unheard of a few years ago, along with many vegan 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 vegan minced pies need to be on your 'to do list'.

Ingredients
Method

Ingredients

Mince Pie Filling

  • 50g currants
  • 50g flame raisins
  • 50g sultanas
  • 50g dried blueberries
  • 1 apple
  • 60g vegan shortening (aka Trex)
  • 4 tbsp maple syrup
  • 50g muscovado sugar
  • 50g pecans
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp mixed spice
  • 1 clementine, zest & juice
  • 1 lemon, zest & juice
  • ½ tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 75ml rum
  • Pinch or salt

Pie

  • 2 blocks ready-made vegan shortcrust pastry
  • Flour for dusting

For the glaze

  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 clementines (zest only)

Method

  1. 1.

    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.