This turned out to be one of the easiest recipe creations on the blog so far. I can remember the many failed attempts at Easter to come up with the perfect clean hot cross bun recipe and I honestly imagined that I would be going through a similar process with these but after selecting some traditional mincemeat ingredients and literally ‘winging’ the rest I was thrilled with the ways that these turned out.
These might not be quite like the crumbly, buttery mince pies that you are used to but I think that they are a very delicious and authentic tasting alternative. My boys have loved them and even my husband was happy to polish off two straight from the oven before declaring them to be “The best mince pies I have ever had”. They are delicious hot or cold and if you are feeling extra festive then a dollop of organic cream would finish them off nicely.
Here is the recipe for the Clean Eating Sweet Pastry that I used for the pies.
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Clean Eating Mince Pies
- Yield: 10
They are delicious hot or cold and if you are feeling extra festive then a dollop of organic cream would finish them off nicely.
- 1 Clementine Juiced
- 1 large Sweet Crisp Apple peeled and diced into 1cm pieces
- 100 ml Water
- 50 grams Raisins
- 50 grams Sultanans
- 1 teaspoon Mixed Spice
- 1 Tablespoon 100% Apricot Spread I used St Dalfours Apricot Jam
- 1-2 Tablespoons Pure Maple Syrup depending on how sweet you like it
- 1 Batch Clean Sweet Pastry See Link Above
- Preheat the oven to 180*C and lightly grease a 12 hole shallow baking pan with coconut oil.
- Place the clementine juice, apple pieces and water into a saucepan and turn on the heat.
- Once bubbling, cover with the lid and cook for 10 minutes. (Have a little peek around 8 minutes to make sure there is still enough liquid).
- After 10 minutes, remove from the hob and using a potato masher, squash all of the apple pieces up.
- Stir in the rest of the ingredients and then set aside to cool.
- Roll out your pastry and cut 10 pastry bases out with a circle cutter. You could also make 10 smaller pastry stars to top the pies with.
- Place the pastry bases into the baking tray and top each one with 1 Tablespoon of mince pie filling. Spread the filling across the pastry.
- Top with a pastry star and brush with milk/egg wash if desired.
- Place into the oven for 15 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Allow to cool slightly before serving or place on a wire rack to cool completely.