Too busy to bake? Aren’t we all! Working full-time with a busy social life leaves minimal time for yourself and unless you are a person who finds baking hugely relaxing, where on earth does one find the time? Sometimes all I want to do when I get home is whack on a onesie, fix a brew, and let my mind wonder off into the world of Downton Abbey. So believe me when I say – I get it. The thing is, my festive elves, is that December is almost upon us. And if you’re going to bake, even if just once a year, the festive season sure is the time to do it.
So – knowing that many people don’t have a lot of time spare, today’s bake (a.k.a The Second Bake of Christmas) is a sneaky speedy mince pie recipe. Want to fit a spot of baking into a hectic life schedule? The simple answer – CHEAT! I find ready-made mince pies too sweet, plus the mince to pastry ratio never feels quite right. So by purchasing ready-to-roll pastry and a jar of mince pie filling, one can assemble the pies to one’s desired ratio. Growing up, my christmas stocking always had a few hazelnuts and an orange lurking in the bottom so, with that in mind, I have jazzed these up a with my own little festive twist.
Turn up to a festive party with a plate full of these beauties and people will think you’re the bomb diggity. Fa la la la la, la la la laaaaaaa. Happy baking y’all!
Pre-heat oven to 200°C
3/4 pack JUS-ROL Shortcrust pastry
1/2 jar mincemeat
zest of 1 orange
1 tbsp juice from the orange
1/2 handful of roughly chopped hazelnuts, lightly toasted
milk to glaze
1/ In a small bowl, mix together 1/2 jar of mincemeat, the orange zest, and the orange juice.
2/ On a lightly-floured surface, role pastry to 1 – 1.5mm in thickness. I prefer a thinner pastry.
3/ Cut circles approximately the same diameter as the holes in your non-stick muffin tin, and carefully transfer to the tin. They should only fill half the hole.
4/ Place 1 generous teaspoon of the mincemeat mixture into each pastry case, and top with a sprinkling of toasted hazel nuts.
5/ Cut star-shaped lids out of the remaining pastry, place onto each pie, and glaze with a brush of milk.
6/ Bake in oven for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown in colour.
7/ Once cooled completely, place on a serving plate and lightly dust with icing sugar. Just like snow. Beautiful!