One of the things that make us get into a festive mood here at Hippyshopper are mince pies. The tiniest mention of this traditional British sweet treat reminds us that Christmas is just around the corner and it's ok to start listening to those festive tunes and make some mulled wine.
In the weeks before Christmas the supermarkets will be filled with them, but how can you make delicious and vegetarian friendly mince pies at home? Here's a recipe courtesy of Honestly Healthy to help you do just that!
Vegetarian friendly mince pies
Serves 6 - 8
1/2 cup of dried blueberry
1/2 cup of dried sugar free cranberry
1 cup of sultanas
1 orange rind and half its juice
1 lemon rind
1/4 tsp of grated nutmeg
1 tsp of cinnamon
3 tbsp of agave
1/2 cup of rice flour
1/4 cup of chick pea flour (gram)
1/4 cup of corn flour
4 tbsp of coconut palm sugar
1/2 cup of vegan Butter (Vitagquell)
1 tbsp xantham Gum
Pinch of Himalayan salt
1/2 tsp of vanilla essence
Preheat the oven to 170 degree Celsius.
For the pastry; cream the butter, sugar and vanilla essence together in a bowl.
In a separate bowl mix together both flours, xantham gum and salt.
Now combine the content of both bowls and mix together with your fingers to form dough. Knead for a minute and then roll into a ball and wrap in cling film, leave this in the fridge for 30 minutes.
For the filling; combine all the ingredients and put them in the food processor or blender, pulse the ingredients until it is a rough consistency.
Layout your muffin tray and line with a little of the vegan butter.
Roll the pastry on a rice-floured surface until 3mm thick. Then using a cutter, stamp out rounds and re-roll the trimmings to get 14. Use the cut outs to line the base of the tins.
Dollop 1 tbsp of mincemeat on each pastry cut out (don't overfill as it will bubble out in the oven) then with a star shaped cutter cut out 14 stars (or any shapes you would like!) and place over the top of the mincemeat pushing the edges of the stars down to the bottom pastry rim.
Put the mince pies into the oven, after 15 minutes take the mince pies out of the oven and leave to cool.
Once cool dust the mince pies with rice flour.
Honestly Healthy is a partnership between gourmet vegetarian chef, Natasha Corrett and Harley Street nutritionist, Vicki Edgson. Its aim is to provide healthy, balanced and delicious vegetarian meals to those wishing to pursue a healthier lifestyle. As well as the Honestly Healthy range of fresh and dried foods.