By all means use good shop-bought mincemeat if you want, but I'm hoping you might give my new Cranberry-Studded Mincemeat a go: it tastes both rich and boozy and fresh and fruity at the same time; and it makes for a slightly different mince pie, but in a welcome rather than challenging way.
MINCE PIE EMPANADAS (Makes 24). What you need: 200g plain flour 100g cold butter – diced 1 egg – beaten 1 tsp lemon juice 2 tbsp iced cold water 200g shop-bought mincemeat Zest of one orange 1 large apple – chopped into small cubes or grated Another egg beaten for glazing.
I haven’t made mince pies for about 25 years, gasp!
So on Saturday I decided to put together a really quick and easy but delicious mince pie recipe. My Cheat’s Mince Pies with a Secret Twist use shop bought shortcrust pastry sheets, shop bought mincemeat to which you add your own brandy...