With sugar and spice and all things nice…keep calm and eat mince pies!
These are just two little quotes I found when I googled “mince pie quotes” – yes, I actually did that as a way to inspire my writing here. Because, well, what more is there to say about the humble mince pie? They are the very epitome of Christmas to me for quite a few reasons:
1. they’re delicious.
2. they smell like Christmas.
3. they taste like Christmas.
4. making mince pies reminds me of my childhood.
Mum and I would make them together on a Saturday morning, while making lots of mess with the flour. I gradually progressed from flour-passer to pastry-filler and then eventually to pastry-roller as this definitely requires some elbow grease. Not much has changed although over the last few years I have taken charge a bit of the mince pie making in our house – and bear in mind we start in October as Dad can wait no longer. In his eyes, mince pies should be treated like apple pies and enjoyed all year round. Any takers? I do love a good mince pie but they’re well and truly for the festive season. So,when November rolls around, I am definitely on board.
I was very happily surprised last year when I learnt that the particular brand of pastry we often use is accidentally vegan! Plus, the jars of mincemeat we had were also vegan-friendly so a simple switch of margarine and milk was all that was needed to make our usual mince pies Amy-friendly. Now, shop-bought mincemeat and pastry are great when you don’t have as much time or don’t enjoy making your own from scratch but I very much do enjoy the task. After experimenting with a few different pastry versions (the ‘healthy’ ground almond versions to dairy-free margarine varieties and raw bakes) I have found one that satisfies the whole family. These are a far cry from the super-sweet sugar-coated sweet butter pastry ones you’ll find in the stores but they actually taste delicious and not just like sugar. The best part though has to be the homemade mincemeat, so make sure you give it a go – it couldn’t be simpler.
This pastry is just flour, coconut oil and salt – oh and some water. That’s it! The result is a flaky pastry that turns a light golden colour while baking and has a delicious crispness to the base. The flavour of coconut does not overpower the pastry at all, and you can even add a dash of cinnamon, too. As the coconut oil turns solid while resting, this homemade pastry does take a little more elbow grease but it is worth it, I assure you.
Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without mince pies, so get out your rolling pin, put on the Christmas tunes and get baking. You’ll need one large and one smaller round cutter as well as cute shapes, if you like.
Perfectly sweet and deep-filled, these homemade mince pies with festive mincemeat and coconut oil pastry beat any in the shops.
*you can find the recipe for my Cinnamon Spiced Mincemeat here.
When is mince pie season for you, could you eat them all year long? I look forward to hearing what you think of my version, please leave your thoughts below. Be sure to tag me in your creations, too – I’m @nourishing.amy on Instagram and use the hashtag #nourishingamy.
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With mince pie love x