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Gluten-free mince pies

Make these gluten-free mince pies for family and friends.

 

YOU WILL NEED:

  • 125g butter, cubed
  • 200g gluten-free plain flour
  • 1 tbsp icing sugar, plus extra to dust
  • 2 oranges, finely zested
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 250g gluten-free mincemeat
  • 25g toasted flaked almonds
  • 1 - 2tsp brandy (optional)
  • 50g dried cherries or cranberries
  • 1 tbsp milk, for brushing
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar

HERE'S HOW:

For the pastry, put the butter and the flour in a food processor and pulse until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add the sugar, half the orange zest, the almond extract and 2 tbsp of cold water, then mix until the mixture forms a smooth ball (add a little more water if needed).

Wrap in clingfilm and chill for at least 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 180°C.

In a bowl, mix the mincemeat with the remaining zest, almonds, brandy (if using) and dried fruit. Set aside.

Roll out the pastry to about 2-3mm thick. Cut out 12 x 7-8cm rounds using a fluted cutter. Press into a greased 12-hole pie tin, then pierce the base of each round with a fork. Put 1 tbsp of mincemeat into each hole.

Cut out pastry stars to make a lid for the pies. Brush with milk and sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 15-18 minutes until golden, then transfer to a wire rack to cool. Dust with icing sugar, to serve.

 

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