Can shortcrust pastry be used for mince pies?

One bite of a home-made shortcrust pastry mince pie and you’ll never want to buy them again. Now you’ve nailed the pastry, put it to good use with one of our mince pie recipes including date and apple, brownie and frangipane versions.

What can I add to store bought mincemeat for mince pies?

Start by tasting it, then add extra flavours that suit: nearly always add a little freshly grated lemon or orange zest, extra spice, extra brandy or rum and some cherries or nuts.

How long do homemade fruit mince pies last?

Mince pies are best served gently warmed. They can be eaten with your hands or with a spoon if served with cream or even ice cream if you like. Stored in in the fridge in an airtight container, they will keep for up to 4 days.

What is mince pie filling made of?

Typically its ingredients were a mixture of minced meat, suet, a range of fruits, and spices such as cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.

Should you grease mince pie tins?

Grease the holes and also grease around the edges as this is where the pies are most likely to stick. Wait until the pies have cooled slightly before removing from the tray. Take them out before they go properly cold.

What can I add to a jar of mincemeat?

Like most things, homemade is much nicer, but you can improve bought mincemeat by adding a tablespoon of brandy and a grated apple to the mixture before including in your recipe.

Does jarred mincemeat have meat in it?

One: mincemeat is not actually meat. Two: it isn’t necessarily vegetarian. The history of mincemeat is tied to the history of sugar and spice. We think of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg as warm winter spices, but their association with the season may have pragmatic roots.

Does Christmas mincemeat go off?

It will keep in a cool, dark cupboard indefinitely, (I have kept it for up to 3 years), but I think it is best eaten within a year of making. Vegetarians can make this mincemeat happily, using vegetarian suet.

What temperature do you cook mince pies in a fan oven?

Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7.

What sugar goes on top of mince pies?

Sprinkle with demerara sugar and then transfer the tray to the fridge for 30 minutes. Bake the mince pies for 20-25 minutes, or until golden-brown and crisp. Transfer to a wire rack to cool and then turn the mince pies out and serve.

How long does homemade mincemeat last once opened?

Once opened, the mincemeat should be stored in the fridge. How long will the mincemeat keep for? If you have made the mincemeat with alcohol, this will help preserve the fruit, and it can last up to 12 months if stored correctly. Once opened, the mincemeat should be used within 5 days.

How long does homemade Christmas mincemeat last?

How long will an unopened jar of mincemeat last?

If unopened and stored in a cool, dry area, our Crosse & Blackwell Mincemeats have a three year shelf life, as referenced by the Best If Used By date.

Can you substitute butter for suet in mincemeat?

Can I substitute butter for suet in the homemade mince meat recipe as it’s not available in my country? Hello, Yes, you can use butter if you like.

Can you cook homemade mince pies from frozen?

To cook the raw mince pies from frozen, remove the desired number of pies and replace in their tins. Cook tham as per the recipe, allowing an extra 10 minutes’ cooking time to defrost.

Can you freeze mince pies twice?

Yes you can – both cooked mince pies and uncooked.

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