As Omlet is a British company we thought it would be nice to bring one of our traditions over the pond and teach you how to make a classic Mince Pie. We understand some people may have never heard of a Mince Pie so here are some FAQs-
What are Mince Pies?
Mince Pies are small sweet pastry pies filled with dried fruit, nuts and spices. They can be served hot or cold.
Do they contain actual meat?
The modern day version of a mince pie does not contain meat however original recipes used to be savoury and would contain minced meat and suet.
Where did they originate?
Mince pies are of British origin and took influence from Middle Eastern ingredients when European crusaders brought them back in the 13th Century.
Are they tasty?
Oohhhh YES! We can confirm they are extremely yummy and you will be baking lots of batches as they’re very moreish.
Please see below for the list of ingredients and watch our step by step video to learn how to make these!
Ingredients for traditional English Mince Pies:
500g of dried fruit and nuts
2 tsp Mixed Spice
100g of Brown Sugar
100g of Frozen Butter
100ml of Brandy
Either buy Sweet Shortcrust Pastry from the store or have a go at making your own.
This recipe has a special Italian twist to it, It’s an Amaretti biscuit, lovely and chewy on the inside with flaked almonds on the outside, very quick and easy to make. We love this recipe as it uses contributions from both the bees and the chickens at the Hen Corner Urban Farm.
Pour all of your ground almonds into a mixing bowl and add the golden caster sugar. Add the grated zest of a lemon and a pinch of salt. Then we make this biscuit festively merry with a lovely little tot of Amaretti liquor. Give that a good mix with a wooden spoon.
Put that to one side.
Then in a separate bowl mix two egg whites with a tablespoon of honey. It’ll start to look similar to a meringue consistency.
You are then going to fold the egg whites into your almond mix.
You want this evenly combined and then you’re going to pipe it onto a baking tray that’s lined with parchment paper.
Coat the piped formations in flaked almonds and icing sugar before baking in a moderate oven for about 15-20 minutes.
You can either plate them up to pass around on a tray ready to be enjoyed or you
wrap them up with a bit of ribbon to make cute edible decorations, ready to hang them from the Christmas tree.
We hope you have a go at making these yourself, they’re really quite simple and really rather special.
165g Dairy free spread 1tbsp Cocoa powder A sprinkle of Chilli Flakes A pinch of Salt 5 Eggs 2tbsp of Ground Almonds Edible golden glitter
This recipe is one of our favourites: these are Chocolate Chili Triangles. What’s great about this recipe is that it is gluten free and it is dairy free. So if you’ve got friends who have got a special diet, this is a real top treat for them. It’s also a very straightforward recipe. In a heatproof bowl we are putting 100 g of dark chocolate chips, 275 g of golden caster sugar, 165 g of dairy free spread, 1 big tablespoon of cocoa powder, a sprinkle of chili flakes and a pinch of salt. This is simply going over some boiling water on the stove until it’s melted down and we can mix it together. The second part of the recipe is to whisk together 5 eggs. Once we’ve whisked the eggs together, we’re going to add two tablespoons of ground almonds, and once our chocolate mix is melted, combine the lot together and bake it in the oven. Just fold it in, for even consistency. Take a square baking tray, line it with parchment paper, and simply pour in the chocolate mix. This then goes into the oven at a 180°C or 350°F for 35 min. Take the tray out the oven and allow to cool, then lift the parchment out of the tin. Now is time to make your chocolate chilli sparkle and shine. Spray the golden glitter across the top of the square, covering it and then cut it into triangles. They’re certainly something special. Enjoy! Merry Christmas from Hen Corner and Omlet.
Thinking of surprising a loved one with an Eglu Cube this Christmas or how about a New Fido Studio Dog Crate for any fluffy additions to the household this Christmas? We also have some fantastic covers and accessories if you’re looking for something a bit smaller! Don’t forget we are currently offering FREE DELIVERY if you use the code SANTAPAWS which is available until 14th December!
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