Marvellous Marzipan Mince Pies

23 Dec

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Mmmm, it’s that time of year again, when the whole house smells of delicious things baking in the kitchen. Mince pies really evoke the season with their boozy fruitiness and aromatic spiciness. I like to make my own and serve them warm from the oven. Of course, when I say “make my own” I mean the cheat’s version. I could make the mincemeat – indeed I once did – and I could make my own pastry, but really  life’s too short. And anyway, the supermarkets do such a fantastic selection of Christmas mince it would be rude not to buy it.

This year I tried two quite spectacular bought  mincemeats and used both in my marzipanned versions of the pies  The result is yummy and more-ish.

Lots of mincemeat varieties are available but these two really impressed this year. At Sainsbury I found a jar of “Taste the Difference”  mincemeat made with cassis. The alcohol gives it quite a deep pinky-red colour and it has a sweet/sharp jamminess.  And at Waitrose, their standard, non-posh variety has such a wonderful citrus and spice flavour I feel I could eat it straight from the jar by the spoonful.

To make my Mavellous Marzipan Mince Pies, here is what you need.

INGREDIENTS

Ready to roll pastry – puff or short crust, any type works well
A jar of Christmas mince
A little marzipan – the leftover bits from your Christmas cake are ideal
A little ready-to-roll icing – again, use the leftover bits from the cake

Heat the oven to 190 C

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  1. Cut out twelve rounds of pastry using a plastic tumbler or food preparation ring.
  2. Use them to line a twelve hole shallow muffin tin.
  3. Place teaspoonfuls of mince in each pie. Don’t be tempted to put too much in and resist the feeling that you are being mean. You’re not. A teaspoon is enough. Any more and it will bubble up and make a sticky gooey mess that makes cleaning your tin impossible.
  4. Now top each mound with a blob of marzipan.
  5. Roll out the icing and cut stars or snowflakes using a cutter.
  6. Top each marzipan blob with an icing shape.
  7. Place the muffin tray in the preheated oven and bake for no more than 15 minutes.
  8. Allow to cool a little before sprinkling with icing sugar (not essential) and enjoy with a cup of tea.

 

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3 Responses to “Marvellous Marzipan Mince Pies”

  1. Julie Fraser December 23, 2012 at 10:12 pm #

    These sound delicious but uh- left over marzipan? left over icing? really? – not in this house!!

    • Edyth Miles December 23, 2012 at 11:55 pm #

      Haha! I know what you mean. We don’t often have leftovers of anything in this house either. I had to be quite strict with my kitchen assistant, Jenny, because she cannot be left alone with marzipan!

      • Jenny Lewis December 24, 2012 at 10:39 am #

        True!!! But that’s ok, you can trust me with a jar of mincemeat, any time. I am the ideal companion for people who love the mince but don’t want to eat the marzipan, icing, or even the pastry!

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