Boozey Mince Pies

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Hey look, it’s another Christmas recipe on yet another lifestyle blog!? Whaaaaat

Okay but seriously, these mince pies are actually really damn nice and a bit of a family tradition in my house so I thought I’d do the kind thing and share them with you.

Heads up, if you can’t eat nuts these definitely won’t work for you and I’m really sorry.

I used to make these with my grandma every year until she sadly passed away a few years ago. Now I smash them out myself in huge batches. Properly huge batches. I also start eating these instead of meals around this time of year so they must be pretty good.

Shall we get down to it?

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Ingredients

makes anything from 24 to 30 mince pies

pastry (I normally make my own but you can buy it/find super easy recipes online etc.)
mince meat (again, make it or don’t make it – do you)
200g unsalted butter
200g caster sugar
200g almond flour
50g flour
2 eggs
rummmmmmm (I normally add this by eye/taste so the amount is up to you – about a double it probably enough…)
flaked almonds, to garnish
icing sugar, to sprinkle

Method

1. Pre-heat the oven to about 180.

2. Roll out your pastry to about the depth of a £1 coin and cut into circles, place these into cake/tart tins to form the pastry case of your tart.

3. Spoon your mince meat into each case – be really careful not to overfill your cases or they’ll bubble over, spoil everything and probably ruin christmas. About a teaspoon will do.

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Now for the fun bit…

4. In a food processor, mix together the butter, sugar, flour, almond flour and eggs until smooth. The almonds will make it a little gritty so don’t worry about it being perfect.

5. Add as much rum as you can get away with while still being a responsible adult with the possibility of children around. Mix.

6. Spoon a blob into each case and spread a little just to cover the mince. Don’t worry about being too neat as it all melts a bit in the oven.

7. Sprinkle with the flaked almonds and brush the edges of the pastry a little with milk/egg white/whatever floats your boat.

8. Bake in the oven for about 20 mins or until the frangipani goes a gorgeous golden brown.

9. Leave to cool, sprinkle with icing sugar and eat with a cuppa (or more booze).

mincepies4mincepiesssThese really are the best thing about Christmas in my house.

There’s something so warming about a nice boozey mince pie in the evening. It makes everything just start to feel more and more like Christmas is here.

I’ll probably be making a few more batches of these over the next few weeks as they tend to disappear in minutes. Not even lying.

Do you have any traditional Christmas recipes? I’d love to hear about them!

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  • Sophie Mills says:

    Imii your photography is amazing!

    I’m not a huge mince pie lover (shock horror considering how much I love everything ‘Christmas’) but I’m definitely going to have to save this recipe to my arsenal because my parents love them and love it when I bake for them. I might have to give them a whirl and get back to you on the results!

    Sophie x | Essential Twenty

  • Imogen H says:

    Your header is so so cute! You’ve probably had it for ages hahaha but as you know I’ve been away for soooo long. Back now and looking forward to getting back into reading your blog again!! These mince pies look yummy, I made them for the first time a few weeks ago and found it so hard to actually make them look really presentable! They honestly looked so messy, possibly because I had no cutters so just attempted shapes with my hands… hahaha!

    Imogen // imogenscribbles

  • Martha Jane says:

    These sound INCREDIBLE. Mince pies are honestly my favourite thing about Christmas, and I’m always up for trying new types! x

    Martha Jane | http://www.marthajanemusic.com

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