This Christmas is shaping up to be very strange indeed! There are some traditions however that even COVID can't affect and that includes baking seasonal Fruit Mince Pies. To get you in the Christmas mood, here is a delicious gluten free mince pie recipe courtesy of Helen Marshall and the folks at on the mother ship at Primal Alternative, Australia. Don't want to cook but want gluten free? Woo Hoo! We got you covered too! We offer these beauties ready made and home-baked for sale in gift wrapped packs of four, here at our special Christmas shop!
Here is the recipe for grain-free mince pies - this recipe makes 14 pies:
For the pastry, you will need:
300g almond meal
30g refined coconut Oil
4 tablespoons of Coconut Sugar (optional)
Zest of one orange
Half a teaspoon of vanilla extract
For the Fruit Mince Pie Filling, you will need:
200g dried mixed fruit
50g apricots chopped
Granny smith apple grated
Juice of 2 oranges about 130g
1 teaspoon of mixed spice
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
To make the fruit mince pie filling
Bring all the ingredients together in a bowl and mix well.
Leave for 2 hours or overnight for the fruit to soak up all those spicy juices.
To make the pastry
Measure all the ingredients into a food processor and mix for approximately 30 seconds or bring together by hand
Scrape the pastry out of the bowl and onto a sheet of baking paper. Knead the pastry dough into a ball and then cut in half.
Put half of the mixture between two 30 cm long baking paper sheets and half between the two additional sheets of baking paper. and roll the pastry out between the sheets to about 2mm thickness.
*Important* Place the rolled out pastry into the fridge to chill for 10 mins or so, to make it easier to work with.
Once the pastry is cooled, peel off the top layer of baking paper and use a cutter (like an upside down glass) to cut out circles for the base of the pies.
You can put them in special pie tins (see picture below) or use a pie baking tin (grease with coconut oil first)
Add a heaped teaspoon of the mince mixture onto the pastry.
Top with a pastry star or any other seasonal shape (holly, bells, angels)
Bake at 180 degrees for about 15 minutes or until nice and golden.
If you would rather we bake these for you, get in touch! We offer gift wrapped packs of four gluten free mince pies which are perfect for Christmas! Follow this link - the mince pies will keep for up to two weeks if stored in an airtight container. YUM :)