Marvellous Mince Pies From Cooking Them Healthy


Top blogging bakers, Cooking Them Heathy, have shared a fantastic festive treat that your youngsters will adore!  Read on to find out how to make these incredible Mince Pies, they’re super healthy and just as tasty.

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“Mince pies really can be cloyingly sweet so we have created a healthier recipe using much less sugar than traditional shop-bought versions. These may differ slightly from the classic mince pie you are used to, but we love the slightly sharper, crisp taste whilst retaining a lovely festive feel.

Classic mincemeat in particular can be very sugary, so we have adapted the traditional mincemeat to create our own Cooking them Healthy version. We have used maple syrup in place of refined white sugar, added more fruit for a nutritious boost and removed the traditional suet (which is simply pork fat) and replaced it with delicious and healthy coconut oil, and, as a result, they are suitable for vegetarians.

The pastry is our version of shortcrust pastry recipe which is light, delicious and made with spelt flour helping make these more easy to digest. We are thrilled with the results and hope you enjoy them too.

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Shortcrust Pastry
  • Serves 10
Ingredients 
  • 200g spelt flour
  • 90g cold butter
  • 1-2 tbsp cold water
  • 2 eggs yolks
  • 1 tbsp unrefined caster sugar
Instructions
  • Preheat the oven to 180C.
  • Place the spelt and butter into a Magimix/food processor and pulse until the butter disappears. Next mix the eggs yolks with 1 tablespoon of water and slowly pour into your food processor watching as the flour begins to come together and form a dough. If it’s not coming together enough, you can add a splash more water. Try to blend as little as possible and add just enough water to form a firm but soft dough. The more you mix and handle the dough the tougher it will become and the aim is a lovely crisp pastry.
  • Turn the dough out onto your work surface, bring it all together and press down using your palm to form a flat disk. Flour your chosen surface and roll out the pastry to about a 20p thickness trying to ensure it’s not sticking to the surface (a palate knife can be very handy for this).
  • Using pastry cutters, cut out the right size circles to fit into your muffin case. I used a 9cm sized cutter which came up to about halfway up the muffin tin and a 7.5cm cutter for my tops.”