These delicious Maple Mince Pies swap out the refined sugar for a Canadian speciality, maple sugar! Rich in flavour, these are a scrumptious alternative to serve at your festive gatherings this year.
FOR THE FILLING
2 satsumas segmented
1 apple finely chopped
Zest of 1 lemon
Maple syrup (preferably golden colour for its delicate flavour)
FOR THE PASTRY
Unsalted butter, softened
Maple sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
2 large eggs
You will also need two round cutters, one slightly larger than the other
Preheat the oven to 220° and grease a muffin tray.
Place the plain flour and butter in a bowl and rub together to a crumb consistency.
Add the maple sugar and 1 large beaten egg and mix together.
Tip out onto a lightly floured surface and fold until the pastry comes together, be careful not to over mix.
Wrap the pastry in cling film and chill for 10 mins or overnight.
Scoop the mincemeat into a bowl and add the satsumas, apple, lemon zest and maple syrup.
Roll out pastry to 3mm thick and using the larger cutter, cut out 16 bases and place them into the muffin tray.
Put 1 tbsp mincemeat mixture into each. Brush the edge of each pie with a little beaten egg.
Use the smaller cutter to make 16 circles for the tops. We also used a maple leaf cutter to make decorations with the excess pastry.
Glaze with beaten egg and sprinkle with the extra maple sugar.
Bake the maple mince pies for 15-20 mins until golden brown. Leave to cool before releasing them from the muffin trays before serving.
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