Perfect Pastry for Mince-pies

Today I’m adding a new section to the website: Family Friendly Recipes! We’ve been doing loads of baking at home to try and reduce our use of pre-packaged additive and preservative laden goods. Whilst I am the only vegan in the house, I’ve discovered that by carefully selecting my ingredients, I can make delicious goodies that everyone loves…without realising they are vegan! 😀

Whilst I don’t generally eat refined sugar, white flour or butter (vegetable spread), I’ve realised that these are great for passing off vegan alternatives as standard baked goods! Woohoo! They taste amazing and nobody knows they’re vegan (and I’m not telling them)! 😛

I have several recipes to add, including cinnamon pretzels, rock cakes, fluffy scones, welsh cakes, shortbread and this amazing melt-in-the-mouth pastry which is the perfect casing for these mince pies!

Any ‘dairy free’ spread will do and we have used all of the following with great results.

Vitalite                               Pure Sunflower            Flora Dairy Free           Stork packet

Our preference however is Vitalite (not sponsored just we love this one) and it’s fairly readily available and it’s been around for so long that they know what they’re doing! Who remembers this… 😛 (apologising for the quality! It’s an old advert!)

Anyway, back to the recipe! This is a very buttery flaky pastry and it doesn’t need any liquid adding, nor chilling time, nor rolling! 😀 Yes indeed! This is so easy to make and tastes so amazing! Don’t be tempted to add liquid and although you could try rolling if you were trying to make these perfectly shaped! these are supposed to be quick and easy to whip up! Believe me these are good! We’ve also used the pastry for jam tarts (when we’d made so many mince pies we’d used up all three jars of mincemeat) and a berry tart with a crumble topping! 😀 You can of course use store bought mincemeat, use your own favourite recipe, or make this totally delicious less sugary mincemeat version.

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Laurena x

Perfect Pastry

Perfect buttery flaky pastry perfect for mince pies. Easy and quick no chill, no roll recipe.

Keyword pastry
10 minutes
15 minutes
Time 25 minutes
Created by: Laurena @LifeDietHealth

Gather

  • 340 g plain flour gluten free if required
  • 220 g butter
  • 40 g coconut sugar
  • 60 g granulated sugar
  • 1/2 jar mincemeat of choice
  • 2 tablespoons milk for glazing

Prepare

  1. Put the flour in a large bowl and rub the butter in using your fingertips (if you're wearing rings you might want to take them off)! Continue until you have a mix resembling breadcrumbs.

  2. Add both the sugars and mix through thoroughly.

  3. Gently start to squeeze the mixture together and gradually it will form into a cohesive dough. Once you have a ball of pastry wash your hands and prepare your tins. (I grease them and dust with flour).

  4. Divide your dough into two pieces, 1 larger than the other (1/3 and 2/3). Divide the larger piece in half, then half again. Each piece should make around 3-4 bases. Pull of a piece, roll it into a ball them squash it between your palms until you have a rough round less than half a cm thick. Gently put this in the tin and repeat with the remaining dough.

  5. Put a spoonful of mincemeat on your base (fill all of them). Divide the other piece of dough as before and this time make a smaller round for the lid. Using the tines of a fork, make three sets of holes in lid before placing it over the mincemeat. Gently press the edges to seal with your fingertips (no water required). Repeat until all the pies are topped.

  6. Brush each lid with milk (you can also use your fingers if you don't have a pastry brush). Then bake on the middle shelf at Gas Mark 6 (400f / 200c) for 15-17 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a couple of minutes before carefully removing from the tin. Cool on a wire rack.

  7. Enjoy!

Tips & Storage

  • Sprinkle with icing sugar or coconut sugar whilst still warm.
  • Eat warm as they are or allow to cool.
  • Add some cream, custard or ice-cream.
  • Use the pastry for other sweet pies.
  • Make one large pie instead of individual pies.
  • Try adding a layer of freshly chopped apple to the mincemeat before baking.
  • Vary the amount of mincemeat used and/or change the thickness of the pastry to suit you (may need to adjust cooking times if changing the pastry thickness).
  • Store covered for up to three days (if they last that long)!

 

8 Comments

  • Eva Gallon 7th Nov 2018 at 14:04

    Well done Laurena, looks like another winner☺It was freezing about a week ago which got me thinking about festive fare but it feels like a very warm Spring day today lol. Yes, I do remember that ad: can’t look at a Vitalite tub without thinking about it but it’s just not the same without that round brown and white tub hehe. I may be digressing as usual lol but I’ve noticed a lot of supermarkets here in Germany don’t keep margarines refrigerated (it probably doesn’t need tobe, really😉)

    Reply
    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth
      Laurena@LifeDietHealth 7th Nov 2018 at 15:18

      Eva 😀 I missed you last week! 😛 Thank you – these are so good! Even hubby who doesn’t like mince pies is munching his way through them. Would you believe he even divided them up so he got his fair share!!! 😛 It’s been rainy and windy all day here and at only 3pm it’s already getting dark and the lights are on! That’s strange about keeping margarines out of the fridge – are the supermarkets generally cold? I’m sure they would change colour / separate / taste different if kept out? Off to investigate!

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  • Eva Gallon 7th Nov 2018 at 15:39

    Aww, bless you😊 Yes, mince pies are definitely a ‘marmite’ food lol. Whenever I used to bring them into work Xmas do’s, they never really got much love…more for me haha.
    I’m typing this whilst squatting away fruit flies, even at this time of year! Must be due to the vineyards around here.
    I once read that margarine is one molecule away from being plastic so maybe that’s why they’re left out😉To be fair, it’s usually a brand called Rama: maybe that’s more plasticky than most, hehe.

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    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth
      Laurena@LifeDietHealth 7th Nov 2018 at 15:52

      Lol… a Marmite food! That’s something I would say! 😛 Fruit flies – we’re on sleepy spiders at the minute! Nooo.. #noplastic! The Vitalite says keep refrigerated at 2-5c, the Pure just says keep refrigerated. I just found yellow tub Rama and it contains whey and milk? Surely that HAS to go in the fridge?!

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  • Eva Gallon 7th Nov 2018 at 17:28

    Haha, great minds think alike😃 Cinnamon also appears to be a Marmite food which I don’t really understand! It remains a mystery about the marge, lol.
    Just making Ethiopian veg stew: have you heard of it? It’s really simple to prepare and it’s the only way I can get hubby to eat cabbage haha. Looking forward to the chocolate tahini balls I’ve made for dessert☺

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    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth
      Laurena@LifeDietHealth 7th Nov 2018 at 23:03

      Ooo another use for cabbage! I really must get to the allotment – we have several which must almost be ready now! I haven’t got around to the chocolate tahini balls yet… maybe tomorrow! Hope they were good!

      Reply
  • Eva 8th Nov 2018 at 07:34

    They’re delicious😃I like rolling them in sesame seeds. Happy cabbage picking!

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    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth
      Laurena@LifeDietHealth 8th Nov 2018 at 08:16

      I wish it was that easy – too many other things to be doing!!! At least it looks a bit brighter today though- maybe I’ll send hubby instead! 😛

      Reply

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