The last 3 days before Christmas...
... are filled with the kind of cooking you do only once a year.
Today, I made mini mince pies. It is one of my husband's favorite Christmas treats. His mother taught me how to make them years ago.
You start with a basic pie crust recipe:
2 cups of organic flour
2/3 cups + 2 Tablespoons of unsalted butter (I use half unsalted organic butter & half organic Earth Balance)
1/2 teaspoon of salt
Enough ice water to hold the dough together in a ball.
Mix the dry ingredients, cut in the shortening, add the water & form it into a ball. Handle it as little as possible. Roll it out on a floured pastry board.
Cut out a variety of shapes (2 of each) or just cut circles using a kitchen glass.
|Roll out a nice, thin crust, but be careful not to handle the dough too much or it will be tough.|
Fill with a rounded teaspoon of mincemeat filling.
|I also cut a small vent hole in the top of the upper crust piece.|
Moisten the edges with ice water...
... and place a 2nd shape of dough on top. Seal the edge with a fork.
If you didn't cut out a tiny vent hole in the top crust with a mini cookie cutter, vent the top crust by making a cross with a knife.
Sprinkle with organic sugar... and bake @ 350 degrees until the edges are light brown. Cool.
... and bake @ 350 degrees until the edges are light brown.
This favorite English Christmas dessert if the first part of my 3-part Christmas dessert cooking series.
Stop by tomorrow for part 2.