Gluten-free mince pies recipe

November 28, 2018 1:07 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

It looked pretty easy on Bake-Off – but is it really?

Looking for a scrumptious gluten-free mince pie recipe?

It’s not too tough! We’ve got the organic mincemeat you’ll need, all ready prepared. And making the pastry is simple: you just rub the ingredients together into fine breadcrumbs and add an egg!

Our top tip is to play it cool: use cold hands to mix the ingredients together. Choose a cold metal bowl in which to do your mixing and handle the pastry as little as possible. Gluten-free pastry tends to be less moist than a standard mix and can break more easily. Take particular care when cutting out and moulding your dough.

Don’t miss out the xanthan gum: this binding agent is important in gluten-free cooking, helping your pastry to stick together.
The end-result? Scrumptious and gluten-free mince-pies – just the thing to snack on whilst wrapping up your festive gifts perhaps?

Ingredients

Pinch of salt
1.5 tsp xanthan gum
175g butter/margarine
1 egg

Method

Rub together the flour, salt, xanthan gum and butter until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs. Break the egg into the mixture and bring together until it forms a ball. If your pastry looks suitably firm, and is sticking together nicely, you may not need to add any water at this point. However, if you think the mix would benefit from a dash of cold water, add some: it should make your pastry cases thinner and more malleable.
Wrap the pastry mix in clingfilm and place in the fridge for 30 minutes to cool.
Then preheat the oven to 180C and grease a cupcake/mini muffin tray.
Roll out the dough to a thickness of around 3mm. Cut into rounds (if you haven’t got a cutter the right size, use a drinking glass).
Gently place the rounds on the baking trays.
Add a teaspoon of organic mincemeat to each one and use any excess pastry to make a lid or decoration on top.
Bake in the oven for around 15 minutes (or until they start to brown).
Sprinkle with a little snowy icing sugar for that extra Christmassy touch!
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